This route takes in some of the most famous scenery in the Lake District. It starts out by traversing screes below Kern Knotts Crag before veering steeply up behind Napes Needle and traversing the base of the crags which hang high over Wasdale Head. Thread the Needle, then follow the polished line along the base of Eagle's Nest Ridge and Arrowhead Ridge.

Approaching from Wasdale traverse left below the high crags of Kern Knotts over rocky terrain. Continue over screes past Tophet Wall until the Needle appears prominently above you. At this point the scramble turns right up to the cleft right of the Needle, from here an easy but strenuous chimney takes you to the gap at back of the Needle.

A long and polished step down takes you to the start of the Climbers' Traverse. The traverse winds an obvious and natural line around the base of the crags, several short gully descents and rocky steps add interest. The route leads naturally into Sphinx Ridge.

Wesley Orvis 19/Sep -
Wesley Orvis 13/Sep -
Hidden 08/Sep -
Hidden 07/Sep Solo
Hidden 03/Sep -
Wesley Orvis 08/Aug Solo
Hidden 29/Jul Solo
atthedropofahat 05/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Jul Solo
philgillespie 19/Jun Solo
Fentonio 30/May Solo O/S
with Ben Brady
church465 27/May Solo O/S
with Dave Kettle
RuthW 24/May Solo

But skipped threading the needle to make it a grade 1!

Hidden 23/May -
alexporter 23/May Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Nov/14 Solo
Hidden 16/Nov/14 Solo
petegunn 16/Nov/14 Solo
jonathandavey 20/Aug/14 -
2RoyalAnglian 19/Aug/14 Solo

A fantastic little route with great views in all directions! Who says that you always have to summit a mountain to have a great mountain day!

Roger Cruse 04/Aug/14 Solo rpt
with Kris
Wesley Orvis 18/May/14 -
Hidden 19/Apr/14 Solo
jhobbs 29/Mar/14 Solo
with Ben Watson, Tim Melrose
ClareSenny 11/Jan/14 -
ed edwards 11/Jan/14 -
Hidden ??/2014 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Nov/13 Solo
Wesley Orvis 18/Aug/13 Solo
jesss 24/Jul/13 Solo
Gav Parker 09/Jun/13 Solo
hils theaker ?/Jun/13 Solo
tomdadom 11/May/13 Solo

Raining hard, low cloud so threaded the needle only. Very slippery coming down!

with Rhys
Matt Smith 04/May/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 07/Apr/13 Solo
A Mountain Journey ??/2013 Lead


pete_naylor 30/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
Wesley Orvis 18/Nov/12 Solo
Crowley6969 13/Oct/12 AltLd
with Chris easthall
Wesley Orvis 12/Aug/12 Solo
Hidden 25/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Wesley Orvis 05/Jun/12 Lead

was wet and slippery so roped up for threading the needle and missed Sphinx Ridge due to having no friction between me and the rock went up the scree and summited

Hidden 28/Apr/12 Solo O/S
MaccMark 08/Apr/12 -

Very wet day, so just threaded the Needle & abbed off. The rock was so slick/slipper we decided Sphinx Ridge was worth it. The moss had the best grip. Atmospheric place!

with Mat Ouillion
Simonpeel ?/Mar/12 -
sjbrook 19/Nov/11 Solo O/S

Threaded the Needle and Climbers Traverse, left sphinx ridge for another day.

with Ryan Lymer
Hidden 13/Nov/11 -
Louvet 13/Nov/11 -
with Tarquin
Hidden 05/Nov/11 -
Hidden 25/Oct/11 Solo
Hidden 22/Oct/11 Solo
Ste Ridd 22/Oct/11 Solo
Frostie 19/Aug/11 Solo
with Tammy
Hidden 05/Aug/11 -
mheyes101 05/Aug/11 -
Only a hill 13/Jul/11 Solo
petegunn 03/Jul/11 Solo
Donald Kelly 10/Jun/11 Solo
with Daria, John F PMC, Andy PMC
ralphio ?/Jun/11 Solo
Dave Richards 14/May/11 Solo O/S

Did not thread the needle this time, just the traverse to Sphinx Ridge.

with PMC
sjbrook 14/May/11 Solo O/S
with PMC
annastudholme ?/May/11 -
annastudholme ?/May/11 -
annastudholme ?/May/11 -
LakesWinter 19/Mar/11 Solo
with Mark, Gav, Mushroom
Mayaculpa 12/Dec/10 -
with Eamon Hanlon, Gabi Smallbone
tonymw 16/Nov/10 Solo O/S
with Mick Chapman
Shaw Brown 11/Sep/10 Solo

A very wet day with the KMC. Good fun.

petegunn 22/Aug/10 Solo
with Steve, Davina
Hidden 19/Aug/10 Solo
Hidden 15/Aug/10 -
jmarshall 07/Aug/10 -

a very wet day

with ben knowles
Mario Sciacca ?/Jul/10 Solo
trish1968 12/Jun/10 Solo
Hidden 05/Jun/10 Solo O/S
mountainpunk 05/Jun/10 Solo
with Rich
Tim Rodgers ?/Apr/10 Solo
markhammonds 28/Nov/09 -
Hidden 08/Nov/09 -
richardt 08/Nov/09 Solo
Hidden 28/Oct/09 Solo O/S
Ross.Cooper 20/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Andy Cooper
hoyle118 11/Jul/09 Solo O/S
with Dad
stix ?/Jul/09 Solo
Hidden 15/Apr/09 Solo β
petegunn 19/Mar/09 Solo
tony wood ?/Dec/08 Solo

perfect winters day

Rob Hirst ?/Dec/08 Solo O/S
with Mark Ross
Liam Martin 08/Nov/08 Solo O/S
with Gary Brumwell, Felix
gazb 08/Nov/08 Solo
jaswa 16/Oct/08 -

in the pouring rain!

with Mark Ruocco, Mike Haydock
Hidden 24/May/08 AltLd
Hidden 22/Mar/08 Solo
Hidden 27/Jan/08 Solo
Hidden ??/2008 Solo
petegunn ??/2008 Solo
with Spurling, Davina
Hidden 17/Dec/07 Solo
Hidden ?/Nov/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/07 Solo
mark20 23/Aug/07 Solo O/S

Traverse from below White Napes Ridge, threading the needle and round to Sty Head Tarn.

Mark Walter 20/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
JamieForman ?/Sep/06 -
with Helen
Nigel Bond 18/May/06 Solo
masa-alpin 25/Feb/06 Lead O/S

Moved together. Followed by Sphinx Ridge. Patches of snow were on the ground but they weren't a problem. We enjoyed the great scramble under the blue sky. Finally we topped out to Great Gabel in blizzard on hard-snow on the ground. Cracking day out!!

with Adam Taffy, Jonathan M, Graeme B
petegunn 07/May/05 Solo
with Davina
Hidden ?/May/04 Solo
broc 07/Jun/03 Solo
Hidden ?/Mar/02 Solo
Hidden ?/Jun/01 -
Neil Conway ??/1996 Solo O/S
butteredfrog ??/1996 -
LakesWinter 25/Nov/95 AltLd

Wet, foul and cold, we hiked out to Buttermere via Ennerdale as we were planning on Kirkfell too but it got dark.

with Adam and Curly
Iain Thow 31/Oct/80 Solo
with Rory Dutton, Jack Ewing
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