WP Haskett-Smith (solo) Jun/1886
|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
Starting crack was easier than I was expecting. The awkward reach up onto the top block is just that, plus the reasonable sized ledge was a comfort on solo. If nothing else, just an amazing place to sit and soak in the view.
|Darrell Read||29/Sep||Lead O/S|
Tom 1st pitch, me 2nd pitch
|Hugh Simons||15/Aug||Solo O/S||
In descent... Polished!
A true classic. Did top pitch of The Obverse Route. Had beta on how to anchor at the top.
Route was soaked, and very windy. In approach shoes. Quite awkward but overall a bit underwhelming. Worthwhile but only for historical reasons.
With Soren from UKC. Really enjoyed it. Bold at the top though 2 bomber wires as you leave the belay and that's it.
|G Weatherley||?/Jun||2nd β||
I took 4 photos of a couple on the Needle on 23/5/15. Email me (see my profile) if you want them.
Led up, then reversed to get down
Steve Broadbent, Aileen
Sat at the top of the needle watching the Wasdale MRT assist with a successful winch of a woman who'd taken a fall.... wishing a speedy recovery! Not a great walk in when you're ill :(
In spindrift. Not pleasant!!
wind and snow had gotten fairly grim! managed to get to the top but couldn't sort out the belay due to wind and getting pretty cold so didnt bring dawn up on second and had to sack it off!
|Sam McCarthy||02/May||AltLd dnf||
pretty cold, in the snow, fairly horrenhous
What a day..! Long walk in from Borrowdale, arrive at the Needle in gale force winds and rain which then turns to snow. Wearing all possible clothes got up P1, Shaun managed to do P2 but couldn't hook the rope as the wind was so strong, sketchily downclimbed an we sacked it off. Almost getting blown off the belay and freezing cold; if we weren't so close to the ground could be called an epic! Walked back to Borrowdale drenched and drank lots of tea and beer in a flooded campsite.
magic day out.
The bottom pitch was soaking and the top one cold. It made it more exciting and memorable, an excellent day out.
|David Stevens||23/Nov/14||2nd O/S||
James Turner, Keith
|Keith Swainson||23/Nov/14||Lead O/S||
James Turner, david stevens
Greasy, claggy, exposed, Incredible. Lowered second off and counterbalanced to the bottom. Brilliant abseil. Amazing route. Felt the elation of a novice again! INCREDIBLE
How this hasn't got three stars is completely beyond me! What an amazing route. Quality views, fun climbing, exposure, something completely different to the norm... Loved it! Felt very odd down climbing the second pitch, can't say I found it easy either.
|Jonny M||06/Sep/14||Lead O/S||
|shafiq lalloo||27/Aug/14||Lead O/S|
Truly incredible and unique and wanted to do for so long! Must admit I have to go back though to enjoy it again due to severe hunger, dehydration, tiredness, cold and wind! Added to the experience though! Sheepishly stood up on top trying not to get blown off -a tick I've wanted for ages!
Lots of faff for such a short climb but definitely worth it. Very polished.
Bloody scary! Amazing top, polished, but still amazing route in an amazing place.
|Ewan Russell||29/Jul/14||Lead O/S||
entertainingly polished. never done an intentional reverse mantelshelf before!
I led p1. Excellent!
Led p2. Cold.
|Matt Amos||31/May/14||Lead O/S|
Understandably very polished in places but fantastic none the less. Credit to Walter Haskett Smith for climbing this in 1886!
3 Days after knee opp so only seconded
|Angie Jones||04/May/14||2nd O/S||
An amazing climb - first for me at this grade - stood on top crucifix style. When we were both back safely on the shoulder Ric digs into his chalk bag, pulls out a box with a solitaire diamond in it and asks me to marry him!! Of course I said yes - and then cried and shook in the cold wind stood on the iconic birthplace of rock climbing high above Wastwater with the most romantic guy in the world x
Beautiful March sun.
wet, windy, misty and very cold! had wanted to do this since I first started climbing 3 years ago, chuffed! :)
|Dan Hostford||17/Nov/13||Lead rpt||
Very wet and very slippy
|tim newton||10/Sep/13||Lead O/S||
Easy climbing but polished. A bit scary down climbing from the top.
on a very windy evening just before dusk. Getting of the top was interesting.
Nice climb, very polished, not worth climbing other than for climbing a classic route.
Arrived late aft/eve, led the crack to the tat on the shoulder. Rob 2nd then topped out doing the awkward mantelshelf. I followed then enjoyed the sunset. Down-climbed with the rope hooked over the corner as re-assurance? then rapped off on the tat back down. Scrambling over the screes in near darkness to Beck Head (Bivvy)
Rob hall patch
|Andy Moles||22/Aug/13||AltLd O/S|
Probably to be climbed (skated) for historical reasons only. In that regard: impressive. In most other regards: a short, horribly polished and not very striking pinnacle route. Tat on shoulder, no need to downclimb whole thing.
|tim exley||22/Aug/13||AltLd O/S||
Aparently you can loop the bottom of the overhang on opposite side of the needle for the belay, would have been good to know. spicey in boots and foggy conditions
Great climb, first pitch is more enjoyable than expected. Down lead the route to finish.
|Carol Goodall||10/Aug/13||Lead O/S||
Up Nape's Needle
|Captain America||26/Jul/13||2nd O/S|
|Pete Rigby||07/Jul/13||Lead O/S||
|chris smith||01/Jun/13||Lead O/S|
|Matt Smith||04/May/13||Lead O/S||
Not ideal conditions, cloudy and damp. Got a peek of the view every so often. Great effort for the solo in the 1880s.
|Drew(yes im magic)||07/Apr/13||AltLd O/S||
Sunny Day, Had Lunch Perched on the Top.
Climbed in the dark, was sweet!
Jesse Coombs, Doug Wilkie
was possilbly this route, took the smaller rightmost crack then easy climb on slab up to belay point, then led the top part (mantle onto ledge cont. up) downclimbed back to belay point, abseiled off
a must for any climber with a sense of history! lead both pitches, well worth the long walk in, all be it extreamly polished.
Howie, Job, John Ware
Great weather, great climb, great day :-) I found this quite amenable and got the belay and down climb sorted. I brought each guy up separately due to space restrictions with two ropes.
Jason Greaves, Graeme Lennox
Nick Cannon Jones
|luke harper||21/May/12||2nd O/S|
|Sean Holmes||21/May/12||Lead O/S|
|Alex Munnery||03/May/12||AltLd O/S|
|ewan i||28/Oct/11||Lead O/S||
|Mark D||28/Oct/11||Lead O/S||
Easy, but rope jam meant 3 topouts to release them , oh well...
Lowered Alex off and then down climbed the top block.
|Dan Geh||31/Aug/11||AltLd O/S||
lead summit pitch, excellent! Have been wanting to do this ever since I started climbing. Have never seen a route so polished before!
|Martin Davies||18/Aug/11||AltLd O/S||
Has to be done! Lead up to shoulder (good tat abseil/belay) and Mike did last bit up to summit (good bit of tat just below summit that helps to protect down climb).
Bit cold and felt the exposure, but still a classic. Interesting logistics with three and faffed around at the top as we contemplated the obvious...
Richard Overitt, Andy Overitt
Could not have picked a better day! Lead top pitch. Down climbing was certainly more scarey than the acsent!
C led to the shoulder, I led to the top - much harder and boulder than I remembered it being, no idea how I can have thought it reasonable at VDiff (which it got at the time)! Worth a star for the history but the climbing's nothing special. In-situ tat on the summit and the shoulder, when did that all appear?
|Matt Schwarz||23/Jul/11||AltLd O/S||
Short lived, but fun as was first proper pinnacle route. Abbed off the shoulder
Lead first pitch to the shoulder, very polished but entertaining crack
|Robin S||05/May/11||2nd O/S||
Far Out! Standing on the top proved to be a bit 'collywobble'-ish. Glad it as good weather...
Lovely day and great position, but the climbing wasn't all that special. Charlotte led p1, I led p2
|Phil Latham||24/Apr/11||Lead O/S|
|Graham Westbrook||23/Apr/11||AltLd O/S|
|David Bulley||27/Mar/11||AltLd O/S||
Tom lead p1, I lead to the top of the nose. One of the most over rated climbs in the UK?
Did this to tick it off, wasn't anything exciting or especially enjoyable. Now I can say I've climbed Napes Needle but I won't be in a hurry to repeat it.
|tom heaney||?/Mar/11||AltLd O/S|
|birdie num num||??/2011||-|
|Ryan M Wilson||??/2011||2nd|
Mark Holland, Hartmut Erzgraber
climbed in the rain
|Martin Stevens||22/Jul/10||AltLd rpt||
2,1 this time, having previously 1,2 with Mike B.
perfect weather, great route to start the day!
Wet and cold, big boots. For something so famous it was pretty dissapointing.
|Stuart Macfarlane||22/May/10||AltLd O/S||
Jeanie led the Wasdale Crack, we both led the final block.
My hardest top rope downclimb flash to date!
|Liam Martin||01/May/10||Lead O/S||
Rain came just as I got to the top. Abseiled off the "back" of the Needle using my second on the shoulder as an anchor!
Seconded first pitch then took one cam and climbed the second as far as having my hands on the top.
Simon Palmer, Colin Riggs
|gordon henderson||17/Apr/10||Lead O/S||
|ian d f||13/Apr/10||Lead O/S|
Went up in a three. Lowered Neza down first before nick down climbed to the sholder, then abseiled off.
Neza Novak, Nick
Done in greasy conditions with rain showers. The cloud was swirling all around us, very atmospheric. 51 years since my Dad last did it!
|Adam Booth||22/Aug/09||2nd O/S||
Big boots and micro rack at 8 o'clock in the evening!
|Graeme Hammond||08/Aug/09||Lead O/S||
Pete aka Dad
|Will Hunt||02/Aug/09||AltLd rpt||
Again with another partner who refused to lead to top block as it "looked scary". Managed to find a decent bit of gear on the top block this time off to the left, a funny nut. Couldn't get the rope hooked right in the crack, think it has something to do with where you're sitting on the Needle. 1.5 friend VERY useful!
at last, after a wee wait, climbed in the sun, sat atop all on our own. good fun and interesting well protected down climb!
Polished/slippy, the arete is much more aesthetic climbing
P1 lead; P2 2nd
2nd supposed to lead 2nd pitch, but didn't like the exposure of stepping out right with the strong wind. I also didn't like the exposure, so went pretty much straight up the face at the start. Felt tough.
|John Pickles||18/Apr/09||AltLd O/S|
|Liam Martin||08/Nov/08||2nd dnf||
|Mr. K||27/Sep/08||AltLd dnf||
I wimped out on the mantleshelf off the shoulder - was too cold and windy and couldn't stop shaking. Very dissapointed. Downclimbing wasn't pleasant.
|Little B||26/Sep/08||Lead O/S|
Lead 1st pitch. Down climbed top pitch and abbed off 2nd pitch.
|Alaister Nurse||07/Jun/08||Lead O/S||
|A Downing||07/Jun/08||Lead O/S||
lead in one pitch, thought the climb was overrated. Belayed off the top with two loops to either corner and one all the way to the ground behind the needle allowing a nice safe abseil.
Climbed the crack wet! Awesome and strenuous. The supposed Crux is not so bad at all, don't know what the 'reaching' is all about, I'm 5ft 6, plenty of handholds. The challenge is the abseil off! Loop the rope around both noses to protect the second.
camped at sty head tarn and nearly got blown back down the mountain. great climb and glad i've finally done it.
imogen and alice
|jonny taylor||17/May/08||AltLd O/S|
|Humpty Dangler||17/May/08||Lead O/S||
Fantastic. Polish hasn't spoiled the experience of struggling up onto the top of this iconic landmark. The problem of setting up a belay off the top took some thinking about, and the downclimb was entertaining to say the least. A worthwhile classic.
|Jimmy O||17/May/08||AltLd O/S|
Ian & Cat
|chris warner||19/Mar/08||Lead O/S||
First major walk in we've done for a climb and the day turned out to be quite an adventure! Walked in from Seathwaite via the Scramble next to Taylorgill then along the Climber's Traverse from Styhead pass. Worked the start of the second pitch mainly due to nerves and secured belay with loops down to 2 breaks and a third loop to my second. Belt and braces but good practice although time consuming! My second put loads more gear in on the way down to protect my descent which was a very good move. Ended up walking back with head-torches on! Left a blue no7 rock under the block after spending 20 freezing trying to remove it.
|Will Hunt||04/Nov/07||AltLd O/S||
Lead top pitch from shoulder to the top of the block. Good for the history and position, not for the climb.
An epic day. set off at 8am from Leeds. Took the direct route up Gable via the screes. Very hard work. The first pitch was fine and a good sling was all that was needed for the anchor. Could have done with more large gear. The second pitch was scary as hell. Lots of good gear in the first break before a frightening move out over a 100 ft drop. Then an unreliable looking nut goes in the corner on the left hand side before you top out. To anchor I dropped loops of rope down and hooked them round the breaks about 4 feet below. My advice would be to leave the gear in place for the descent as the descent is even worse. Especially if you get cramp in your thigh. Surffing down the scree was great fun though. Take some old trainers and see how quickly you can get down.
Will, Evans, Tiff
Quite an experience! Good climbing despite the gleaming rock.
More rope faff than climbing, but well worth it!
Lead 2nd pitch, low on protection but well worth it just to reach the top, scared crapless by low flying planes shortly after topping out tho.
|Mark A Humphries||04/May/07||Lead O/S||
Martin Collins, Bram Groeneveld
Sunset at Sphinx rock then Gable to summit and back in dark, Beer at Wasdale Head!
|Dave Richards||27/Aug/06||2nd dnf||
Lowered off below the first belay due to hail and the leader being without waterproofs. Rope stuck, then cut, following leaders retreat.
|ikl minx||11/Aug/06||2nd β||
The down climbing seemed easier than the way up
|Sam Judson||29/Jul/06||Lead O/S||
Finally climb the Needle!
Not much fun getting off!!!
Mass ascent completed with 11 others
|chris ginge||??/2006||Lead O/S||
what a view.
|A Crook||11/Sep/05||AltLd O/S||
Unfortunately no handstand on teh sumbit, excellent rope work practise on the descent
Alice led P1, Keith 2.
Keith Phillips, Alice Horton
Stu Kent, tim wallis
Big boots, old style. Great fun.
|Tim W||29/Mar/03||Lead O/S||
Tom Jolly, Mel Brown
4 of us got to the top !
|Neil Conway||07/Sep/96||Lead O/S|
|Ian Archer||27/May/94||AltLd O/S||
cold and slippy
Mark lowered me off the top then downclimbed himself!
Lynn Sealey, Paul Tucker
|Tony Little||08/Aug/91||Lead O/S||
My first semi-epic before going to Uni, camped at sty head tarn for a few days walking up all the hills nearby and did napes needle. Tent blew down in a storm at night and had to walk off the hill in the dark very wet and cold in non-windproof mac and jeans. Paul who I was with threw up outside the tent after having spent too many days eating potnoodles beans and crisps!
|rob from scotland||??/1990||-|
|chris wyatt||??/1990||Lead O/S||
Good value in plastic boots in the cold and wet!
Dave Hall, Chris Jones
First Real Climb
One of my first climbs. I remember mostly being relieved to have got off it successfully!
|Steve Crowe||03/Jul/82||Solo O/S|
Met a guy at a folk weekend in Threlkeld and took him up this.
Pat Stanley, Steve Portnoi, Jackie Coe
|Pete Pozman||??/1981||Lead O/S||
Folk camping party pal. can't remember when this exactly was. Not even sure of the year!
|Gary Coggon||??/1980||2nd O/S||
climbed with Al Bennet on a soloing round incl Needle Ridge and others. Done before
Abseil off top by hooking rope round the top block ... tricky ...
|Ian Jones||??/1975||Lead O/S||
Hard finish. 5a?!
Pete Ackroyd, et al (VDiff then)