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[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 atback 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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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 84 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

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 - 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

Hidden - Solo - 07/Apr/13

Work
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

Tarquin - 13/Nov/11 with Louise

Louvet - 13/Nov/11 with Tarquin

Hidden - 05/Nov/11

Hidden - Solo - 25/Oct/11

Hidden - Solo - 22/Oct/11

moose ridd - Solo - 22/Oct/11 with M.Sadler

Hidden - Solo - 19/Aug/11

Hidden - 05/Aug/11

mheyes101 - 05/Aug/11 with tedalaki

Only a hill - Solo - 13/Jul/11

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

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

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

Ant Man Bee - Solo - 22/Mar/08 with Jane Savill, Dan Muldoon, Claudia Fritz, Chris Donica

Hidden - Solo - 27/Jan/08

Hidden - Solo - 2008

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

Hidden - Solo - May/04

broc - Solo - 07/Jun/03

Hidden - Solo - Mar/02

Neil Conway - Solo O/S - 1996

butteredfrog - 1996

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Nov/95

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

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Style of ascent

Soloed54 of 84 (64.3%)
Lead3 of 84 (3.6%)
Alt Leads5 of 84 (6.0%)
Unknown22 of 84 (26.2%)

'Climbed'66 of 84 (78.6%)
clean O/S17 of 84 (20.2%)
clean β1 of 84 (1.2%)