Climbs the wall and hanging crack R. of the Great Flake of Central Buttress. Start immediately L. of Moss Gill.
1)5a. Climb the corner and rib to the triangular overhang. Traverse L. for 6m then climb the wall to slabs and grassy ledges. Belay up R. below a short corner.
2)5c. Climb the short corner and move L. to step up onto the wall. Climb this trending R. to a ledge on the arete (gear). Traverse back L. until below the crack and climb up into it. Follow it and the groove above to a ledge and belay.
3)5b. Climb the awkward mossy corner crack behind the ledge to slabs. Follow a second corner crack and pull out R. at the top to ledges. Step up onto the final wall and move L. to the arete. Climb this to the top.

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, The Top 5 E2's in the UK?, 2015 Objectives.

Scooter Young ??/2015 AltLd
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
phil64 ??/2015 -
Matt Cooke 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Nick Jones
dannyboy83 10/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Great intimidating 2nd pitch

Hidden 25/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
petegunn 25/Jul/14 AltLd

A great variety of styles on this superb route. Super hot day! Very glad we were in the shade. Finished off the day with a refreshing swim in Wast Water. Led p2,p3 :)

with Davina
mike lawrence? 24/Jul/14 AltLd
with Liam Chalkie Halsey
Hidden 22/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
D.Russell 12/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
stuart34 12/Jul/14 AltLd O/S


with Doug the thug
Hidden 09/Jul/14 AltLd dog
samt 29/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1 and P3 - Awesome route, bone dry. Perfect conditions. Camped out at hollow stones after. What a day!!!

with Jon Wilson
Hidden 24/Jun/14 AltLd
DavidEvans 22/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Led 1st pitch that cuts out from easy ramp up to CB ledge, as per 2024 guidebook. Led final pitch too. Ace route

with Ste Brock
ferdia 21/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

did this and ichabod. a great way to spend the longest day of the year.

with Drew
bigdrew 21/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

P1 and P3

with ferdia
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden 22/Jul/13 AltLd dog
Hidden 21/Jul/13 AltLd
Sardien 20/Jul/13 2nd O/S
StuartCJones 20/Jul/13 2nd dog

Hard, pumpy, crimpy, a diagonal crack in a heroic position and an airy finish. What a climb! Right on my limit!

Hidden 14/Jul/13 AltLd
GPN 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Amazing. Lead P2.

Hidden 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
markalmack 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Lead p2. Well good!

Shaw Brown 13/Jul/13 AltLd

Led P1&P3. These pitches were better than expected, added with the awesome P2 makes for a top class route.

buzby78 08/Jul/13 AltLd

2nd pitch still a bit green and slimey, had to give up and traverse off right as top crack was too wet...

with Jess
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Mal Scott
Hidden 09/Jun/13 AltLd
Dave Rumney 08/Jun/13 AltLd

absolutely magnificent. Been on my ticklist for 25 years and worth the wait. Bone Dry.

with Tanya Milner
a_hein 07/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

brilliant route! The second pitch is bold but steady. Quality.

with Sam C
jess ?/Jun/13 AltLd
with neill
Andrew Wilson 27/May/12 AltLd

P1 and P3

Hidden ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
cooperman 30/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

Tremendous climbing,no chalk to follow so great experience. Bold but positive holds. Probably one of the best E2's in the UK

with Graham Iles
Graham Iles 30/Jul/11 AltLd

Lead the first and last pitches.

robinsi197 04/Jun/11 AltLd

Brilliant route. Wet in the crack and corners. This time I led pitches 1+3, (led pitch 2 25 years ago).

with Nick
Hidden 02/May/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/11 AltLd
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
GeoffG ??/2011 -
Dave Parton ??/2011 -
Nick Sillem ??/2011 Lead O/S
tim newton 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
Misha 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Wasn't particularly cold but suffered from numb yellow fingers from the outset. Should have spent longer warming them up after P1 but decided to go for it on P2 and see what happens. What happened was that the fingery traverse up and right proved impossible on numb fingers, so spent a while getting some feeling back into them while stood on a small ledge above a nest of uninspiring small gear. The traverse was fine in the end. Quite bold on this middle section going up right and then back left to the crack. Fingers were almost ok by the time I got to the crack. This was wet and slimey in places, which didn't help given that it's hard E2 anyway. Spent a while trying to do the initial moves to get into the crack, could see several ways but all seemed precarious. Finally figured out a sequence that wasn't too hard after liberally dabbing a wet hold with the chalk bag. Just as well the good hold higher up was pretty good as it was also pretty slimey. Out came the chalk bag again. The crack refused to give up but so did I! The highlight was awkward jamming towards the top of the crack, which wouldn't have been that bad if it hadn't been slippery. Relieved to get dry holds out to the right at the top. Enjoyed seconding the technical P3. A good route worthy of three stars but can't really see it as one of the best E2s in the country. Led P2. Five hours on the route, mostly due to the length of time it took to do P2.

Ian Jones 01/Sep/10 Lead O/S

I led pitch 1 in 1976 as Central Buttress Direct. That was the first time I ever saw chalk and I assumed it was bird shit! No chalk at all this time which made for some interesting route finding on the thin wall. The slanting flared crack (always a little wet)is the highlight. A magnificent middle pitch which would easily warrant **** in Scotland. Easily the best E2 in the English mountains. Pitch 3 is quite tricky too.

Hidden 01/Sep/10 AltLd
datoon 19/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
with K
Hidden 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
khawk 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
with DT
Hidden ??/2010 -
Chad123 30/May/09 AltLd O/S

Pretty damn awesome, excellent climbing from bottom to top. Best route of a brilliant weekend. As the guide says the crux crack is tricky when wet and quite bold below this too...

with Rik
Hidden 30/May/09 AltLd O/S
C coldwell-storry 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Adam Gill
Seymore Butt ??/2009 -
IanJackson 09/Jun/08 AltLd O/S

Followed Luke, Great route.

lukehunt 09/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Ian Jackson
tuftynick ??/2008 -
John Kettle 09/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/07 AltLd
Hidden 07/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
frost ?/Jun/07 AltLd
with D Garry N Griffiths
NeilGriffiths ?/May/07 AltLd
with Dave, Simon
mux ??/2007 AltLd
with Simon Frost , Neil Griffiths
Bella ?/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Chris
fizzy_elephant 27/Jul/06 AltLd O/S

Awesome climb. "Best E2 in the country" according to some guide who was on the crag at the same time as us.

with stu
Hidden 27/Jul/06 AltLd
Tom Phillips 26/Jul/06 Lead O/S


with Jarek
Stig 26/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Bern ??/2006 -
Pete Graham ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Dave Morris
Hidden 21/Aug/05 AltLd O/S
piken ??/2002 -
Hidden ?/Jun/01 AltLd
whispering nic ?/Jul/00 -
with Al Reid
craig matheson ??/1999 Lead
Hidden 20/Jul/96 AltLd
John Southworth ?/Jul/96 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/95 AltLd O/S
rob.grafton 31/Jul/95 AltLd

struggled on pitch 3

with Bruce
andybirtwistle 30/Jul/95 Lead
with Graham Hindle
Hidden ?/Jun/95 AltLd
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1995 -
with keefe
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
keefe ??/1995 -
Grezza 22/Jul/94 Lead O/S

Fabulous. Crack pitch wet, as always.

Andy Say 04/Sep/93 Lead
mattnuttall 29/Jun/93 AltLd O/S

lead P3

with Ian Vickers, Alan Holden
keefe 29/Jul/91 -
Rich Kirby ?/Jul/90 AltLd O/S
with The General (P.Henderson)
andy gittins ?/Jul/90 Lead
Hidden 21/Jun/89 2nd
Bruce Kerr 17/Jun/89 AltLd
with Perric Crellin
uphillnow 21/May/89 AltLd

Led pitch 1 and 3, John got the crux which was wet

with john stanger
Mike Owen 19/Jun/88 -
with Elaine Owen
Hidden 11/Jun/88 AltLd
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Dave Musgrove 01/Sep/86 AltLd O/S
with Frank Wilkinson
Hidden 28/Jun/86 AltLd
Steve Crowe 21/May/85 AltLd O/S


Campbell42 26/Aug/84 AltLd O/S

Have climbed this route three times, as it is one of my favourites. On 18.06.89 with Mick Mason and again in1991 with Barry Roberts.

with Eric Marsden
Hidden 22/Aug/84 Lead
Hidden ??/1984 Lead
Bob 09/Jul/83 AltLd O/S
with M. Lynch
Hidden 28/May/77 AltLd
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