Bowfell Buttress*** VI 6
[Mark arriving at pitch 4 on Bowfell... dressed traditionally for the route, 2 kb]110m, 4 pitches.

Rockfax Description
110m. One the of great classic buttress routes of the Lakes. Starts just left of the foot of the buttress below a chimney. 1) 25m. Climb an open groove then a narrow offwidth chimney to a big ledge. 2) 30m. Make a tricky move up off the ledge then move left into the open groove line until an exit back right can be made onto a good ledge below a steep crack. 3) 30m. Climb the steep crack followed by some bold moves across the slab on the left and a traverse into a steep right facing corner (possible belay). Thin moves up the corner and the chimney above lead to a stance. 4) 25m. Move either left or right and climb easier ground to the top of the buttress. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
The grade given in the Rockfax database is incorrect. The correct grade is V, 6 (as per the current guide).

FA. L.Brown

Photo: Mark arriving at pitch 4 on Bowfell... dressed traditionally for the route © Sam_Marsland
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This climb is in 103 logbooks, and on 25 wishlists.

Very wet having retained a lot of rain and melt water from previous weeks in the cracks even though there had been days of continuous sunshine.
Fred Lazell - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/15

Brilliant night time adventure. Set off at 9pm, topped out at 2am, back in Kendal at 4. Led p1 and 3. P4 in particular is superb.
GPN - AltLd - 06/Feb/15 with Graham Hadaway

nakedave - AltLd - 05/Feb/15

Fantastic climb, did it at night, great atmosphere.
redshapedfriday - AltLd - 05/Feb/15 with George North

What a route! Each pitch was excellent and varied. I did P3 and P4.
David Kay - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Joe Dobson

Awesome! Best mixed route I've done! Felt it was more 5/6, 5, 5/6, 5 in terms of tech grades.
joe.91 - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with David Kay

Pitch 1 is never tech 4. Brilliant route though with the final pitch being the highlight for me.
Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 30/Jan/15 with Will H

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/15

Very interesting
hamishjfk - AltLd - 23/Aug/14 with Stephen spencer

First outdoor climb, Scotty and Peachy traded lead with me roped in the middle.
Apfrost01 - TR rpt - 15/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jun/14

sarahjk - Lead - May/14

montyc - 2nd - Jul/13

ClareSenny - 2nd - 08/Jun/13 with Andrew Edwards

ed edwards - Lead - 08/Jun/13 with Clare Gardiner

innes - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/13 with Tom B, Max

In good conditions with well frozen turf and some good consolidated snow. As good as it is likely to get
team fat belly - 24/Jan/13 with Innes, Max

Spence22 - Lead O/S - 21/Jan/13 with Charlie

Mark Grist - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/13 with Sam Simpson

Absolutely Amazing climbing, best winter climbing I have done...possibly indicates how little I have done!
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/13 with Mark Grist

Alan led the hard sections after I failed on the crux.
Tubs - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/13 with Amanda, Alan

Glenn Sutcliffe - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/13 with Woody

great day out in excellent nick. Cracks clear of ice (tiny bits of verglass) frozen turf, snow on everything. Lots of rime at the top. So well protected but always absorbing. Some tough moves P2, P3.75, P4
lithos - AltLd - 2013 with chris v

Hidden - AltLd - 12/May/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Feb/12

Ryan Wilson - Lead - 04/Feb/12 with Tony Harris

tjmillen - AltLd - Feb/12

Great climb p2,p3
Jack Loftus - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/12 with Pete Hill

Lead Pitch 1 and Pitch 4. Awesome route, nice moves, good rests and bomber gear !
Petarghh - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/11

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 10/Dec/11

Cracking route. Plenty of snow but not consolidated or frozen so mixed climbing all the way. First winter fall, (and hopefully my last)! on the finial moves of pitch 3. Led the final pitch to make up for the eairlier skydive.
Ste Ridd - AltLd - 10/Dec/11 with M.Sadler

darlolad - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11

NB P1-2,P5,P7 AT P3-4,P6
Andysomething - AltLd rpt - 27/Apr/11 with Norman Bennett

Hidden - Solo - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - Jan/11

adie84 - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 2011

Climbed in tweeds
A Mountain Journey - AltLd - 2011 with Sam Marsland

tjmillen - Lead - 23/Dec/10 with simon hall

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Dec/10

Led 1st, 2nd and 4th pitches. Good conditions on the climb. An amazing day out!
Adi Hooper - AltLd - 21/Dec/10 with Andy Murphy

Great climbing - well frozen turf and and helpful neve in places.
Jules C - AltLd - 18/Dec/10

Brilliant fun, all on the soft end of the rope (thanks Tim). Highlight was my crampon falling off on the final groove and having to do some knee climbing till it could be fixed...
Mowglee - 2nd - 05/Dec/10 with Tom Nichols, Tim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Dec/10

Tried to lead the first pitch, couldn't find any reasonable gear before the initial groove so I handed the reins over to Andy. Route got harder and harder so I stayed gibbering as a second. Pitches felt something like 5, 5, 6, 6 to me but it was pretty much out of my league so difficult for me to say! Very little ice or frozen turn so it was hunting for small hooks under a thick covering of snow the whole way. We bailed from a large block very near the top as darkness, exhaustion, dehydration and the beginnings of hypothermia were sucking the fun out of the party. Got back to civilisation just in time to call off the mountain rescue callout our worried friends had put in. An incredible day!
Mr. K - 2nd β - 04/Dec/10 with Andy Hobson

First of this grade. Was ace. Hard work.
tech - AltLd O/S - 29/Nov/10 with Ed Luke

highfivekrissy - AltLd - Aug/10 with Pete Myers

Classic! we thought tech grades for the pitches were 5,5,6,6. Route lengths are a bit out in the new lakes winter guide
david morse - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/10 with lole

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/10

lead with Rob, pitch 1 & 3.
jonnyboy - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/10

Fantastic day. Sustained interest throughout the whole route.Neve and turf welcome in places.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 10/Jan/10 with Adam

Great day out my fisrt pich of technical 6 so happy about that even though it was spooky stepping into teh sentry box. decent neve and turf where it was needed. bright sunshine brilliant
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 10/Jan/10 with Neil Griffiths

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 09/Jan/10

Andrew1 - Lead dnf - 09/Jan/10 with Andy

Meant to lead a pitch. Martin won coin toss for first, i backed off second on first move, let martin have a crack at 3rd cos its THE pitch, then it was dark for the last one and knew martin would be quicker. Top quality route, no consolidated snow, basically dry tooling.
Alex Mason - 2nd O/S - 08/Jan/10 with Martin Haworth

Epic. Arrived late,-10 degrees when we set off, started climbing at 12. Tremendous route, sustained climbing at my limit,fourth pitch done in the dark, overall 6 hours!Led all pitches.
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/10 with Alex mason

took a pendulum and lost headlight. some1 kindly helped me out. mini epic
glaramara - 2nd - 04/Jan/10 with dave almond

fantastic alpine day with Dave Ball.
Dave Almond - Lead - 04/Jan/10

Beautiful cloudless day - even had sunshine for the belays atop p2 & p4! No ice nor good turf, just unconsolidated powdery snow so it felt a little insecure in places but overall a fantastic outing. There were two other teams on the route after us.
DSM - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/10 with Andy Gittins

andy gittins - 2nd - 2010 with Dave Scott-Maxwell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/09

jason - 2nd O/S - 29/Dec/09 with manmike

Late evening bosh up, climb up styley
Jamie Goodwin - 19/Dec/09 with Timmy

lukehunt - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/09 with francocookson

Led Crux. In good nick. well nice.
Franco Cookson OLD - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/09 with David Warburton, Luke Hunt

Led the 2nd pitch. Cool first classic mixed route probs V,6?
Dave Warburton - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/09 with Franco Cookson and Luke Hunt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Dec/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/09

jon eccles - AltLd - 13/Feb/09 with cris fisher

2nd time leading in winter condtions awesome route 1st pitch Nick 2nd picth Me 3rd pitch Nick 4th Pitch Me
mattish2000 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/09 with Nick

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09

With Eric Hildrew
edinbed - AltLd - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Feb/09

smithaldo - 2nd - Feb/09 with andreas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/09

with daz and gareth jones
spoony84 - Feb/09

with daz and gareth jones
spoony84 - Feb/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/09

Hidden - 2nd dog - 24/Jan/09

John Kettle - AltLd - 19/Jan/09

ewen - Jan/09 with the kettle

Hidden - AltLd - Jan/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

Multi day trip! Climbed the whole route with Loz and the first 2 pitches with George and Philippa. Fantastic route.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 12/Dec/08 with Loz

Traversed off after first two pitches due to impending darkness.
GPN - Lead dnf - 07/Dec/08 with Shaw and Philippa

Pete Graham - AltLd - 25/Mar/08 with Tom King

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Mar/08

Hidden - Lead - 02/Feb/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2006

Hoary and good turf. Bailed out before the last pitch.
Duncan I - 17/Nov/05 with ArnaudG

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/05

beermonkey - AltLd - Aug/05 with jon

Smith42 - 2002

Billg - Lead O/S - 31/Dec/99 with Paul Guttridge

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/99

craig h - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/98 with Janet Hannah

stokienomad - AltLd - 09/Oct/94

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jun/89

An early winter ascent - before it became popular
Bob - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/86 with B. Masterton

Hidden - Lead - 1975

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