The Direct Route** II/III
[Adam Noble on the Direct Route  (Pillar variation), Scafell., 2 kb]165m.

Rockfax Description
165m. Climbs the line of a stream which drains the middle of the broken ground on the right hand side of the Shamrock. © ROCKFAX

FA. R.Bennett, R.Lavender 30/01/69 30/Jan/1969

Photo: Adam Noble on the Direct Route (Pillar variation), Scafell. © Michael Ryan
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This climb is in 21 logbooks, and on no wishlists.

Started up the initial icefall (good grade III). The main icefall pitch was too wet and fragile to take direct so we went up the rake under the icicles and exited via steep icefall at the end (grade III), to access what I think was the final pitch of Cascade. A splendid day complete with cloud inversion.
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Carmen

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/15

Hidden - 23/Feb/13

We didn't start until mid afternoon and had to bail before the last pitch due to it going dark ! A really nice route with short sections of tasty ice and easier ground between. Unless Snowdonia routes are undergraded, I would say this is a solid III, certainly as hard (if not harder) than Y gully RH. I found getting a belay after 1st pitch to be a real chore, nothing on the rock.
jandyd05 - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/12 with Graeme Lennox

DSM - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Andy Gittins

crowberry gully - 14/Mar/10 with Ross McGibbon

Mattyk - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with John Marsham

Didn't do last pitch cos running out of time. Finished up Easy Gully. Beautiful weather, great day out.
MikeLeeds - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/10 with Dave Payne

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 01/Feb/10 with Foggy

Hidden - Solo - 31/Jan/10

Solo of first pitch, then alt leads for the rest, then the Grade 4 pillar to finish. A Stellar route!
ianburton - AltLd - 10/Jan/10 with Alex Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/10

PenJD - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/06 with Dave Evans

John Kettle - Lead - 2006

DerwentDiluted - Lead - Jan/03 with Laurie Smith

bullybones - 1999

biggianthead - Solo - 16/Mar/98

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Jan/96 with Tony Brindle

Lead P1 3 & 5
Mick King - AltLd - 03/Feb/91 with Paul "Doc" Lishman

Steve Crowe - AltLd O/S - 11/Jan/87 with Bob Bennett

biggianthead - 27/Jan/85 with G

Total votes cast 8
hard III0 of 4
III0 of 4
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II0 of 4
easy II0 of 4
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Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Clean O/S