Engine Room Slab

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Engine Room Slab
Engine Room Slab
Engine Room Slab
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 15 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Thurba to Overton
WGS-84 Location 51.542514, -4.235688
OS Grid Ref. SS 450 849
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.54486, -4.220247
GR Parking Location SS 461 852
Parking Postcode SA3 1NQ
Base Elevation 16 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction South
Aspect Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Crags Within 400m

Black Hole Crag, Boiler Slab, Engine Room Slab, Longhole Cave Buttress, Longhole Cliff


This is the small (12m high) buttress around the corner to the east of Boiler Slab. It provides a friendly and less windy venue than Boiler Slab.


As for Boiler Slab


Walk off easily.


Engineroom Slab.jpeg
  1. One for Me - D[1]
    On the left side of the overhang, follow the left rib on continuously interesting but easy rock. 40 feet

  2. The Missing Jug - 6m HS
    Start at the right hand end of a grassy ledge under the centre of a roof. Climb to just under the roof and move about 2m left on good breaks, then climb directly over the roof to top out.

  3. One for You - D[1]
    On the right side of the overhang, climb the rib right of the overhang. Suspect holds on steep rock by the overhang. 35 feet

  4. Little Shrew - 10m S
    Climb a leftward facing groove through the bulges about 5 metres left of their right end (3 metres left of Fly Tipping).

  5. Fly Tipping - S
    On the western flank, climb through the bulges about 2m from their right end.

  6. The Forgotten Fleece - S 4a
    Traverse from left to right. Start at the Obvious small cave, climb up and then traverse rightwards beneath an overhang on good breaks. Once past the overhangs, exit up the second obvious groove. An 'old' bolt hanger belay at top.

First Ascents

  1. One for Me - John Harwood. E. Brian Smith 16/5/98
  2. The Missing Jug - Steve Hill and Peggy Hill, 8 May 2013
  3. One for You - E. Brian Smith, John Harwood 16/5/98
  4. Little Shrew - Steve Hill and Melinda Morrell, 28 July 2012
  5. Fly Tipping - M.Jordan 00.00.1992
  6. The Forgotten Fleece - Alan Rosier and Sylvia Noorbhai, March 2005


  1. 1.0 1.1 These routes appear as Rib One and Rib Two in Gower & S.E. Wales (2003), p. 133. Original names supplied by John Harwood in an email to Tim Hoddy dated 8 August 2021