Regarding ants.. I,ve seen bigger. Great adventure morning out. Finished up the 5a arete cuz the chimney looked unpleasant with a pack
Dexter JW - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/15 with Matt Gatley
Didn't see a single ant. So, loved the safety on the lower pitches with the water right below you
Gatley - 2nd O/S - 30/Jul/15
Really fun and varied route. Don't let the ant comments scare you, the threat is easily managable
joe.91 - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/15 with Thomas Reid
Met Jamie around 7.45 Rossthwaite, must have started climbing the route around 08:30. As other have said, good honest adventure. Don't let the first pitch put you off. After the grassy/mossy start a great 2nd pitch (maybe bold for VS?), 3rd pitch the ants were out in force. 4th pitch a couple of wobbly holds but not all that bad. Did the fantastic top pitch in failing light.
saintlade - Jul/15
A route with everything, slabs, steep sections, traversing,down climbing,moss, lichen, grass,ants and loose blocks(the pointed prow at the end of pitch 4 will come down soon).
pastep - AltLd - 26/Jun/15 with Woody
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/15
Anna_wells - AltLd - 25/May/15
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/15
Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/15
Hidden - 2nd dog - 04/May/15
Got progressively wetter in the rain. Nice climb, but the finish was hard when wet.
Dave Warburton - AltLd O/S - 02/May/15 with Katie Farrell
Got a bit hairy towards the top in the rain, last few moves up the chimney were very slippy, glad I was seconding that pitch!
K Farrell - AltLd O/S - 01/May/15 with Dave Warburton
P1,3&5. Magic route with spectacular views. Good day out all round.
steely - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/15 with owain lewis
owain-1978 - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/15 with Ian Steel
Not a pleasant experience. Ants, frightening blocks and chimneying with a rucksack. Adventurous :)
WB - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/15
4 good pitches, a walk pitch, and first pitch not as bad as it looked - clean holds and sufficient gear. Ants all over pitch 3 but seemed to be harmless.
Lessworkmoreclimbing - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/15 with Kev
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/15
Pitches 1 and 2
mrginna - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/15 with max
AdamSale - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/15
Hidden - 2015
swmackey - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/14 with Gemma Grewar
BLodge - AltLd - 21/Sep/14
All the main pitches except the 10m traverse to the yew tree. The killer ants and jungle feel on the first pitch made this a total 3 star adventure. Possibly THE best pitch I've ever done up the final chimney? Spectacular belay to finish and just couldn't stop grinning. I miss the Lakes :( Back to avon!
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Andy G
CreepingExcellence. - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Rob Stanfield
Great adventure, shitty first pitch, 2nd bold, third mobbed by aggressive ants, 4th steep and intimidating, 5th has a very large pinnacle waiting to go, 6th in the dark! Excellent route but in no way a soft touch VS.
Zoomer - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/14 with Joe dickens
Led the top pitch. A great climb. 'That hold' at the start of the second pitch is a god-send. First and fifth pitches are a bit dodgy but the rest is excellent.
JoeDickens - AltLd - 24/Jul/14
Very slightly underwhelmed by this route. Maybe it was the overgrown 1st pitch, the loose rock, the hideous looking final chimney or just the thousands of huge ants! Pitch 2 probably had the best climbing but felt committing and not that well protected.
asmith37 - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/14 with Bex Leigh
Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/14
Hidden - Lead - 17/May/14
Hidden - AltLd - 16/May/14
Ste Ridd - AltLd - 16/May/14 with M.Sadler
jogle03 - AltLd O/S - 10/May/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/May/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/May/14
Fantastic, varied climb.
Mike Hewitt - AltLd β - May/14 with Jim Fairey
Powertrain - 2014
chris skipton - 2014
jon59 - 2014
Hidden - 2014
There was a very recent rock scar on the traverse right to the last pitch and a HUGE pinnacle balanced on very little....this will go sometime over the winter I expect..take care.
tmawer - AltLd - 13/Oct/13 with Bram
BTphonehome - AltLd O/S - 13/Oct/13 with Tony
Hidden - 22/Sep/13
Led P1, 2 and 4.
Brendan - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Paul
lead pitches 1,3,5+6
jonnysims - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Amy Till
Dervey - AltLd - 13/Aug/13
In damp conditions pitch one very slippy and quite bold but the rest was brilliant!
Calum Wadsworth - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/13 with Chris
Interesting! Bottom pitch slimey, top pitch exciting. Traverse full of ants.
Tilt - AltLd - Aug/13 with jonnysims
guisboro andy - AltLd - Aug/13
Matt Poole - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Paulina Pilarska
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13
Mark Kemball - Lead - 07/Jul/13 with Bill Kemball
guided. bit dirty on P1 but the holds stand out from the moss. really good varied climbing throughout.
lithos - Lead - 06/Jul/13 with ccc
jogh - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/13 with Vincent
vinni - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/13 with James
nrgchapp - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Michael
I led p4. Linking p1&2 looked like rope drag hell.
Siderunner - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with Brad J, John E
Lead all pitches. Great route, gear where you need it and great moves! Ants add to the excitement. Great alternative to the busy near by crags!
crag_hopper_Jay - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with Hannah Renshall
sunshine.hannah - 2nd - 06/May/13 with James Sanders
DigitalSteak - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13
Hidden - 2nd - 03/Mar/13
Freezing. Great Route!
Pohil - Lead - 21/Feb/13 with Ed Watson
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Feb/13
Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/13
Hidden - 2013
robbo157 - 2013
Hidden - 2013
Hidden - Lead - 2013
Hidden - 2013
Hidden - 2013
robbo157 - 2013
tobyk - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/12 with Emma Akam
Hidden - Lead - 06/Oct/12
Climbing the 2nd pitch of Revenge of the Giant Climbing Ants, tried to follow the rest of that route but think we did this one instead! First pitch of slime was the crux...
maria85 - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Jules
nice climb apart form the scrappy 1st pitch and massive ants on the traverse!
Dan Geh - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/12 with Thomas Geh
tgeh - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/12 with dan geh
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/12
great route made more interesting by the ants - last pitch is loose - take care
nia - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/12 with harry
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/12
J25 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Alex Thompson
Good fun in the sun. Led 1&2 together, J25 led 3&4 together, then alt to the top. Top chimney looks like it will go any second...
Alex Thompson - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with JonnyO
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12
I seconded all 6 pitches
aleckirby - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12
MartinLister - Lead - 26/May/12 with Peter Brown
Lovely climbing, all four of the main pitches are different and a joy
pffft - Lead O/S - 26/May/12 with James West, Naomi Havercroft
Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/12
Great variety of climbing, felt soft for VS
williap - Lead - 05/May/12 with Hartley
Hidden - AltLd - 01/May/12
Jontro - 2nd - 30/Apr/12 with John Knifton
DNF due to the ants on P3!
wilkie14c - Lead dnf - 27/Mar/12 with Mark Wilson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/12
tomhull - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/12 with matt harris
Ian Hinkins - 2012
Callum Anderson - 2012
Hidden - 2012
JonG - 2012
cballard - 2012
Stone Idle - 2012
Stone Idle - 2012
joe_lancs - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/11
Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/11
lead pitches 1,3,5. Took pesticide to kill the ants.
Olli-C - AltLd rpt - 31/Aug/11 with Rachel Slater
lead pitch 2,4,6. Nice route.
Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Olli Crudge
Wish I lived in the Lakes.
David Bulley - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Nathan Gibson
Led 1st pitch of 4.
Awesome chimmney ont he last pitch.
Make sure you choose the correct line for the 1st traverse (lower better than higher) so you don't have to teeter back to the ledge with millions of giant killer ants!
Krys81 - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11 with Andy Stark
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/11
Bobbyonrock - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/11 with ChrisDine
DaveAtkinson - AltLd - 09/Aug/11 with Richard Hewison
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jul/11
KevB - 2nd - 13/Jul/11 with Rob Reynolds
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Paul Bolton
cem - Lead rpt - 26/Jun/11 with Natalia Male Alcalde
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11
Petarghh - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with NickoClimb
chris smith - Lead O/S - 01/May/11
ChrisBrooke - Lead rpt - 29/Apr/11 with Keeley Scholes
P2 (4c), P4 (4b), P6 (4b)
Ellie79 - AltLd - 24/Apr/11 with Mike C
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Apr/11
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Apr/11
Neil D - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Beth Hodgett
Angered some pretty massive ants on the first traverse...
Betha. - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Neil D
Lead Pitches 2,3 & 6...really good route!
buddha1369 - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Adam G (OB)
Pitches 1, 3 and 5
oliverk - AltLd - 27/Mar/11 with Malcolm
Brilliant route. Led both traverses and the chimney (pitches 3,5 & 6). Do not anger the wood ants!
graphiclunarkid - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11 with PontiusPirate
Led pitch 2 and 4. Attack of the ants on pitch 3!!!
Leelogs - AltLd - 26/Mar/11 with SCC
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
got a little lost on route, very overgrown on first couple of pitches!
iwebster59017 - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with Ryan Mcglen
Hidden - 2011
Bob - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Fantastic route, really interesting and varied, as previously mentioned watch out for the massive ants! There has been a pretty huge rockfall from next to the belay below the final chimney, be really careful on the traverse approaching the belay as there are some massive blocks that are just about to go.
the_keef - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Rob, Andy Ford
Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jul/10
Adam1973 - AltLd rpt - 03/Jul/10 with Dave Wynne
Watch out for the ants!!
David Wynne - 2nd - 03/Jul/10 with Adam Burt
KevB - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10 with Student
On second pitch I took variation start #2 and Cath took on the Revenge of the Climbing Ants!! Traverse on P3 wonderful. Finish by a steep chimney in an incredible position.
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 10/Jun/10 with Cath Sullivan
warning............ loads of loose rock, some block are leaning out ready to go!
martrin - AltLd - 18/May/10 with Colin Smith
bazpearson - 2nd O/S - 04/May/10 with pete stollery
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/10
nice traverse pitch - weirdly feels intimidating until you get going across.
Little B - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/10 with Andy S
Don't do this if you're not really solid at VS! 2nd pitch sparse on gear and very airy last pitch.
A magical mystery tour of Gowder Crag! Very enjoyable in an esoteric, loose boulders kind of way.
Andy S - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/10 with Ben
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/10
r_findlay - AltLd - 09/Apr/10 with stu_buchan43
Hidden - 2010
Hidden - 2010
clint87 - 2nd - 2010
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Oct/09
ccraigg22 - 2nd O/S - 13/Oct/09 with Jack Loftus., Nick
Jack Loftus - AltLd O/S - 13/Oct/09 with Craig, Nick
Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/09
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Oct/09
chrisallan - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/09
Adam1973 - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Matt Jones
Led 1st, 3rd and 5th pitches.
Matt Bill Platypus - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Adam
Led pitches 1,2,3 and 5. First pitch is a bit green, but don't be tempted by the higher start to the right! Also, be very careful as there are some pretty hefty sized blocks that are loose on the 4th pitch.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 12/Sep/09 with Hannah Evans
Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/09
mikecollins - AltLd - 20/Aug/09 with manmike
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 20/Aug/09
ginja1980 - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/09
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Aug/09
all pitches amazing *** in my book
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Pete aka Dad
Simon Holden (LCandCC) - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Murray
fantastic route. with the ants i felt like indiana jones! all i needed was a whip and a brown fendora hat!
hawkins321 - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with justin brewitt
Care required with the hollow blocks - potential for more accidents if not cautious.
GPN - AltLd - 19/Jul/09 with Annette
Only led the bushwhacking pitch! First pitch very very dirty, second pitch not well protected, third pitch has an exciting move off an ant hill at the start of the traverse (got bitten), fourth pitch excellent, though a bit loose, same goes for the top pitch.
net - AltLd - 19/Jul/09 with George
luke46 - AltLd O/S - Jul/09
Peter Holder - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/09 with Adam Rawlings
Different Steve - Lead O/S - 24/May/09 with Clare
Led p 2, 5 & 6
cem - AltLd O/S - 14/May/09 with Steve Gould
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/09
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 02/May/09 with Jamie Tattersall
Led P1,3&5. Dan Definitely got the harder pitches. A bit of an odd route, though with some nice climbing.
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Dan
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09
Hidden - 2009
Seymore Butt - 2009
djking1983 - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/08 with Harold Edwards
Hidden - Jul/08
Wandered around a bit & on checking the guide afterwards, we didn't go the right way. Good situation though.
KeithW - AltLd O/S - 24/May/08 with Clive Greenwood
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/May/08
My first multi-pitch climb. Lots of fun, expecialy topping out on the final, terrifying chimney pitch. Second all pitches except the final traverse and chimney
jugglingeek - AltLd O/S - 10/May/08 with Paul Cookson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/08
bit of a mission !! didnt start til 4 and got to first belay in a hail storm, realised we were off route, returned back to route but weren't liking the persistance of vegatation! decided to escape up the mossy grove before starting the traverse
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd dnf - 05/Apr/08 with mark
markhowley - AltLd dnf - 05/Apr/08 with Neil
Sean Kelly - 2008
cat22 - 2nd O/S - 2008 with Mike
Kazza91 - 2008
This route will all fall down one day
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/07 with Malcolm Airey
IanJackson - Solo O/S - 14/Sep/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/07
colin milton - AltLd - 27/Aug/07 with dominic
VS4c 6 pitches. Went off route!
Mike Lee - 2nd - 10/Aug/07 with Jim
led p1-2 and p6 with Nic
Maz J - AltLd - 2007
Alaric - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/06 with Syd F
mikekeswick - Lead O/S - Jul/06 with tommy
barney_edin - AltLd - 28/Jun/06 with Geoff M
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Apr/06
Climbed way off route due to moss. Got to the top of the crag but wouldnt qualify this as completing the route.
climberuk - 2nd dnf - 27/Apr/06 with Dan Fincham
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 27/Jan/06 with Simon
alpinismo.uk - AltLd - 2006
craigswoods - Lead O/S - Sep/05 with Phil
Abi Chard - Lead O/S - Aug/05 with Ian
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jun/05
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/05
Howard J - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/05 with John Turner
steve prior - AltLd - Apr/05 with Roger C
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 26/Mar/05 with David Jones
Wayne S - 2005
climbtim - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/04
Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/04
Hidden - Lead - 23/May/04
kickaha4 - 2nd - 23/May/04 with Karl Rowe
Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/04
beaumap - 2nd - 10/Apr/04 with Peter Camp
BlueJohn - AltLd O/S - 2004 with Mick Stockdale
John Kettle - AltLd - 2004
MazElden - Lead - 2004
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Oct/03
Hidden - Jul/03
jason - AltLd - 07/Jun/03 with ste
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/03
Hidden - AltLd rpt - Jun/03
approximate date / before the bad rockfall
Topsy Turvy - AltLd O/S - 2003 with Rob Sykes
John Pickles - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/02 with Paul Willis
Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jul/02
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - AltLd - May/02 with Richard Bower
kato'sdad - AltLd - 2002 with Rob Simpson
Lakesben - Lead - 2002
RobSimmo - AltLd - 2002 with Jon Berry
joe king - Lead rpt - 13/Jun/01 with Ed Coote
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/01
biggianthead - 20/May/01 with T
Hidden - 2001
malc - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/00 with CL
joe king - 2nd O/S - Aug/00 with simon ringrose
Hammy - Lead - 11/Jul/00 with Derek Hodgeson
clive-greenwood - AltLd - 26/Mar/00 with Moss
biggianthead - 16/Mar/00 with HT
gypsy3006 - Lead - 2000
simon cox - 2000
alan moore - 2000
Iain Thow - AltLd - 05/Oct/99 with Alex Doherty
stokienomad - AltLd - 02/May/99
Hammy - Lead - 31/Aug/98 with Sally Robinson
Bruce Kerr - Lead - 13/Aug/98 with Jenny Kerr
stokienomad - AltLd - Jul/98
Hidden - 12/Jun/98
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/98
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1998
Hidden - 1998
Hammy - Lead - 05/Oct/97 with Penny Excel
rogerskews - AltLd - 1997 with Martin Coward
biggianthead - 06/Sep/96 with G
Done this a couple of times. nice route
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - AltLd - 21/Jun/96 with Richard Bower
icescrew - AltLd - May/96 with Can't remember
Steve Lenartowicz - 1995
Hidden - Lead - 1995
JiveWeasel - Lead O/S - Jun/94
Paul Figg - Lead - 08/May/94
Hammy - Lead - 03/May/93 with Richard Munro
Hidden - Solo - 04/Jul/92
The Ants nest climb variant...
ferret newman - Lead - Jun/92 with Moira
daprince - Jun/92
Rog Wilko - Lead - May/91 with Debbie Wilkinson
neilh - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/91 with sara hyde
Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 1991
Hammy - Lead - 20/Apr/90 with Pete Smith
Pete Pozman - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/90 with John Byrne
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Jul/88
BigHairyIan - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/88 with Mike Gibbison (Hairy)
hazeysunshine - AltLd O/S - Jul/86 with Phil
biggianthead - 19/May/86 with HT
no ants if you do it in winter - views are better too
EddieA - Lead O/S - Nov/84 with Mark
Hidden - Lead - 1984
Hidden - Lead - 1984
sadams - Lead - 20/Dec/83 with Mark Bonham
Hidden - Lead - 20/Aug/83
biggianthead - 21/Jun/83 with G
Hidden - 2nd - 04/May/83
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/83
Richard Weller - AltLd - Apr/83 with Ant Osborne
Ken Taylor - AltLd - 10/Apr/82 with Gerry Dunford
Hidden - 2nd rpt - Mar/82
babymoac - AltLd - 14/Feb/82 with MTW
MikeDowsett - AltLd - 1982 with Andy Lynch
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Oct/81
John Marsland - AltLd - 16/Sep/81 with Tony Rex
Nic Robinson - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/81 with Richard Dickenson
Hammy - AltLd - 15/Mar/80 with Rob Lawson
Lord of Starkness - Lead β - 1980 with Stu Ely
robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara
Hidden - Lead - 1979
Hidden - 1979
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 27/Aug/78 with Sarah Bridge
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Jul/78
Hidden - Lead - 04/Mar/78
Tom V - 1978
GeoffG - AltLd - 06/Mar/77
beware the ants!!!!
climbing_goose - AltLd O/S - 1977 with dave colsey
Falko - AltLd O/S - 22/May/76 with Howard Lancashire
Hidden - Lead - Apr/76
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/76
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1976 with Billy Jones
tapley - Lead - 20/Jul/75 with Alison Tapley
Attempt on climb abandoned after first pitch in very bad conditions of sleet, hail and wind. Rocks very wet
Peter Main - 2nd dnf - 13/Jan/74 with Robin Andrews
Nigel Bond - AltLd - 04/Aug/73 with Andy Brown
mikej - AltLd - 11/Feb/73 with John Bickerdyke
Well worth it. Climbed several times - once by headtorch! The ants swarming up the rope seem to be an enduring feature - they were there in 1972!
granitbahn - AltLd - May/72 with Rick Reeve
Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 14/Jul/71 with Tim James
greenbuoy - AltLd - 27/Jun/71 with Bob Lister
Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 22/Jun/69 with Bob Knapton
RichardMc - Lead - 01/Mar/69 with Alan Thompson
DONE VARIOUSLY SINCE
uphillnow - Sep/67