The Climber's Traverse*** 2
[The Sphinx, 3 kb]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.

Photo: The Sphinx © Rob Hirst
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This climb is in 114 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Wesley Orvis - 19/Sep/15

Wesley Orvis - 13/Sep/15

Hidden - 08/Sep/15

Hidden - Solo - 07/Sep/15

Hidden - 03/Sep/15

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 08/Aug/15

Hidden - Solo - 29/Jul/15

atthedropofahat - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/15 with Sammy Black

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jul/15

philgillespie - Solo - 19/Jun/15

Fentonio - Solo O/S - 30/May/15 with Ben Brady

church465 - Solo O/S - 27/May/15 with Dave Kettle

But skipped threading the needle to make it a grade 1!
RuthW - Solo - 24/May/15

Hidden - 23/May/15

alexporter - Solo O/S - 23/May/15 with Clare Finn

Hidden - Solo - 28/Nov/14

Hidden - Solo - 16/Nov/14

petegunn - Solo - 16/Nov/14 with Tobias, Davina

jonathandavey - 20/Aug/14

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!
2RoyalAnglian - Solo - 19/Aug/14

Roger Cruse - Solo rpt - 04/Aug/14 with Kris

Wesley Orvis - 18/May/14

Hidden - Solo - 19/Apr/14

jhobbs - Solo - 29/Mar/14 with Ben Watson, Tim Melrose

ClareSenny - 11/Jan/14 with tim stephenson, Andrew Edwards

ed edwards - 11/Jan/14 with Clare Gardiner

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2014

Hidden - Solo - 10/Nov/13

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 18/Aug/13

jesss - Solo - 24/Jul/13 with chris147

Gav Parker - Solo - 09/Jun/13

hils theaker - Solo - Jun/13

Raining hard, low cloud so threaded the needle only. Very slippery coming down!
tomdadom - Solo - 11/May/13 with Rhys

Matt Smith - Solo O/S - 04/May/13

Hidden - Solo - 07/Apr/13

A Mountain Journey - Lead - 2013

pete_naylor - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/12 with David Humm

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 18/Nov/12

Crowley6969 - AltLd - 13/Oct/12 with Chris easthall

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 12/Aug/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 25/Jun/12

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
Wesley Orvis - Lead - 05/Jun/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/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!
MaccMark - 08/Apr/12 with Mat Ouillion

Simonpeel - Mar/12

Threaded the Needle and Climbers Traverse, left sphinx ridge for another day.
sjbrook - Solo O/S - 19/Nov/11 with Ryan Lymer

Hidden - 13/Nov/11

Louvet - 13/Nov/11 with Tarquin

Hidden - 05/Nov/11

Hidden - Solo - 25/Oct/11

Hidden - Solo - 22/Oct/11

Ste Ridd - Solo - 22/Oct/11 with M.Sadler

Frostie - Solo - 19/Aug/11 with Tammy

Hidden - 05/Aug/11

mheyes101 - 05/Aug/11 with tedalaki

Only a hill - Solo - 13/Jul/11

petegunn - Solo - 03/Jul/11 with Scottish Dave, Davina

Donald Kelly - Solo - 10/Jun/11 with Daria, John F PMC, Andy PMC

ralphio - Solo - Jun/11

Did not thread the needle this time, just the traverse to Sphinx Ridge.
Dave Richards - Solo O/S - 14/May/11 with PMC

sjbrook - Solo O/S - 14/May/11 with PMC

annastudholme - May/11

annastudholme - May/11

annastudholme - May/11

Hidden - Solo - 19/Mar/11

Mayaculpa - 12/Dec/10 with Eamon Hanlon, Gabi Smallbone

tonymw - Solo O/S - 16/Nov/10 with Mick Chapman

A very wet day with the KMC. Good fun.
Shaw Brown - Solo - 11/Sep/10

petegunn - Solo - 22/Aug/10 with Steve, Davina

Hidden - Solo - 19/Aug/10

Hidden - 15/Aug/10

a very wet day
jmarshall - 07/Aug/10 with ben knowles

Mario Sciacca - Solo - Jul/10

trish1968 - Solo - 12/Jun/10 with Si, dave wearing

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/10

mountainpunk - Solo - 05/Jun/10 with Rich

Tim Rodgers - Solo - Apr/10

markhammonds - 28/Nov/09 with Donald Slater

Hidden - 08/Nov/09

richardt - Solo - 08/Nov/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Oct/09

Ross.Cooper - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/09 with Andy Cooper

hoyle118 - Solo O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Dad

stix - Solo - Jul/09

Hidden - Solo β - 15/Apr/09

petegunn - Solo - 19/Mar/09 with Matt Reeve, Davina

perfect winters day
tony wood - Solo - Dec/08

Rob Hirst - Solo O/S - Dec/08 with Mark Ross

Liam Martin - Solo O/S - 08/Nov/08 with Gary Brumwell, Felix

gazb - Solo - 08/Nov/08 with Liam Martin

in the pouring rain!
jaswa - 16/Oct/08 with Mark Ruocco, Mike Haydock

Hidden - AltLd - 24/May/08

Hidden - Solo - 22/Mar/08

Hidden - Solo - 27/Jan/08

Hidden - Solo - 2008

petegunn - Solo - 2008 with Spurling, Davina

Hidden - Solo - 17/Dec/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - Nov/07

Hidden - Solo - 13/Sep/07

Traverse from below White Napes Ridge, threading the needle and round to Sty Head Tarn.
mark20 - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/07

Mark Walter - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/07 with Wil Chivers

Hidden - 2007

JamieForman - Sep/06 with Helen

Nigel Bond - Solo - 18/May/06

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!!
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/06 with Adam Taffy, Jonathan M, Graeme B

petegunn - Solo - 07/May/05 with Davina

Hidden - Solo - May/04

broc - Solo - 07/Jun/03

Hidden - Solo - Mar/02

Hidden - Jun/01

Neil Conway - Solo O/S - 1996

butteredfrog - 1996

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Nov/95

Iain Thow - Solo - 31/Oct/80 with Rory Dutton, Jack Ewing

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
philgillespie, Steve Jones, Warren Earle

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