The Wasdale Crack*** HS
[Napes Needle, 2 kb]17m, 2 pitches. The most popular way to the top of the Needle, with contrasting pitches, both very polished. The climb starts from the ledge just right of the gap.
1.) 13m, climb the crack, left, then right to its finish; then ascend an easy slab to the shoulder.
2.) 4m, the highly polished and notorious top block (crux). Mantleshelf onto the ledge below the top block (it is easier from the right hand corner but it can be climbed from the right hand corner). Traverse left onto the face of the top block and up to the top. Belay round and under the overhanging nose of the top block.
WP Haskett-Smith (solo) Jun/1886

Ticklists: Classic Rock, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, CUMC Ticklist, Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS.

Photo: Napes Needle © MikePen
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In descent... Polished!
Hugh Simons - Solo O/S - 15/Aug/15 with Sarah Thomson

A true classic. Did top pitch of The Obverse Route. Had beta on how to anchor at the top.
James_Kendal - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/15 with Sophie, Alastair

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Aug/15

tomowen13 - AltLd - 09/Jul/15 with Ben Paske

BPaske - AltLd - 09/Jul/15 with Tom Owen

Route was soaked, and very windy. In approach shoes. Quite awkward but overall a bit underwhelming. Worthwhile but only for historical reasons.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/15

With Soren from UKC. Really enjoyed it. Bold at the top though 2 bomber wires as you leave the belay and that's it.
David_Gledson - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/15

elliptic - Lead - 18/Jun/15 with Tom R.

DeanD - AltLd - 17/Jun/15 with Cliff lowther

colin milton - AltLd - 15/Jun/15 with ipfreely

bclifton - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15

G Weatherley - 2nd β - Jun/15 with Richard Ive

ERU - Lead O/S - 26/May/15 with Iain Dyche (WCC), Nicholas Lokuciewski (WCC)

AngelaC - AltLd - 26/May/15 with Rick Sewards

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/15

I took 4 photos of a couple on the Needle on 23/5/15. Email me (see my profile) if you want them.
Dave Mahon - 23/May/15

Hidden - 2nd - 23/May/15

Led up, then reversed to get down
will_benfold - Lead O/S - 23/May/15 with 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 :(
kirky_p - AltLd - 04/May/15

In spindrift. Not pleasant!!
67hours - Lead O/S - 02/May/15 with CatO

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!
shaunhumphreys - Lead O/S - 02/May/15 with Sam Ashworth, Sam McCarthy, Dawn

pretty cold, in the snow, fairly horrenhous
Sam McCarthy - AltLd dnf - 02/May/15 with Dawn_K_B, Sam Ashworth, Shaun Humphreys

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.
Dawn_K_B - AltLd dnf - 02/May/15 with Sam McCarthy, Sam Ashworth, Shaun Humphreys

Mike Bayley - 2015

Mike Bayley - 2015

kn - 2nd - 2015

gunnarofhlidarend - AltLd - 2015

magic day out.
steely - 2nd - 30/Nov/14 with duncan campbell

The bottom pitch was soaking and the top one cold. It made it more exciting and memorable, an excellent day out.
sparkass - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/14 with Iain Steele

David Stevens - 2nd O/S - 23/Nov/14 with James Turner, Keith

Keith Swainson - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/14 with 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
smithjmw46 - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Oct/14

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.
OllieF - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/14 with Emma W

emmswhit - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/14 with Ollie Footitt

Incredible climb.
Burty21 - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/14 with Phil C

Pigpen - AltLd - 20/Sep/14 with Neil

mark20 - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/14

Jonny M - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Andre Knirsch

shafiq lalloo - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/14 with timmyhobby

timmyhobby - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/14 with shafiq

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!
Stanners - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Andy G

CreepingExcellence. - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Rob Stanfield

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/14

Lots of faff for such a short climb but definitely worth it. Very polished.
AndrewP - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/14 with FelixPeterken

Bloody scary! Amazing top, polished, but still amazing route in an amazing place.
FelixPeterken - 2nd - 04/Aug/14 with Andrew Peterken

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/14 with Mike(Dad)

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

entertainingly polished. never done an intentional reverse mantelshelf before!
JamieSparkes - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/14 with Nick Bryan

amy - 09/Jul/14

I led p1. Excellent!
Binder - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/14 with Tom S

Led p2. Cold.
KevB - AltLd - 05/Jul/14 with Rich Mayfield

Peter Reynolds - AltLd - Jul/14 with charlotte simmons

stacey73 - 2nd O/S - Jul/14 with Emma

Conan - AltLd - 22/Jun/14 with John Jennings

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14

Tom.Priestley - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/14 with Scott Quinn

Matt Amos - Lead O/S - 31/May/14

Leonhamnett - AltLd O/S - 31/May/14

Understandably very polished in places but fantastic none the less. Credit to Walter Haskett Smith for climbing this in 1886!
Jodgson - AltLd - 30/May/14 with Sam Marks

mjackson - AltLd - 18/May/14 with richardashe

hotfeet - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with Mark MacDonald

3 Days after knee opp so only seconded
Blue68 - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with Alan Mountford

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
Angie Jones - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14 with Badger

crabtreer - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Swampy

Matt1234 - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/14

SarahA - 2nd - 20/Apr/14

lcullum7 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Duncan Livesey, Sarah Acheson

2010_graham - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/14 with David B

Beautiful March sun.
bendevonport - Lead - 03/Mar/14 with Mark Cutter

Mackinclimb - AltLd - 02/Feb/14

yesbutnobutyesbut - 2014

nj.harris - 2014

Hidden - 2014

wet, windy, misty and very cold! had wanted to do this since I first started climbing 3 years ago, chuffed! :)
PeteWilson - AltLd O/S - 26/Nov/13 with Matt

Hillson - AltLd - 26/Nov/13 with Pete Wilson

Hillson - AltLd - 26/Nov/13 with Pete Wilson

Very wet and very slippy
Dan Hostford - Lead rpt - 17/Nov/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/13

mcglenr25 - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Remy Bertlin, Francis Charlesworth

tim newton - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with marie brichova

Easy climbing but polished. A bit scary down climbing from the top.
jasonpm - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/13 with Chris

on a very windy evening just before dusk. Getting of the top was interesting.
Topsy Turvy - Sep/13 with Gordon Foster

Nice climb, very polished, not worth climbing other than for climbing a classic route.
dmetcalfe - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/13 with claire

Dougbart - AltLd - 25/Aug/13 with jaime

Dougbart - AltLd - 25/Aug/13 with jaime

Hidden - Lead - 25/Aug/13

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)
stevo smith - AltLd - 25/Aug/13 with Rob hall patch

Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/13 with Ferdia

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.
ferdia - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/13 with Andy

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
tim exley - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/13 with will hornby

hornbywill - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13 with tim exley

Paul_scott89 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/13 with Adam Ake

Great climb, first pitch is more enjoyable than expected. Down lead the route to finish.
Adam Ake - AltLd - 17/Aug/13 with Paul scott

jonnie3430 - 2nd rpt - 10/Aug/13 with Carol

Up Nape's Needle
Carol Goodall - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Jonnie Williams

petekeron - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Solo

cteakle - 2nd dnf - Aug/13 with Danny

willhornby - Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Jul/13

wildbill - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Nathan

Captain America - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Bill Hancock

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jul/13

ChrisHarris1981 - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Mike Henesy

Pete Rigby - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Kelli Roberts

kelliroberts3 - 2nd - 07/Jul/13 with Peter Rigby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13

dtalbot - 2nd - 06/Jul/13 with Charles S

Hidden - Lead β - Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd β - Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/13

matty123 - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Robert Ashcroft

chris smith - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13

DuckingFesperate - AltLd - Jun/13 with Carrie Blair

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/13

Ommuff - AltLd - 11/May/13 with Mike Reading

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/May/13

Not ideal conditions, cloudy and damp. Got a peek of the view every so often. Great effort for the solo in the 1880s.
Matt Smith - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Mike Spooner, Richard Bingham, Roger Kirke

Hidden - AltLd - May/13

peter.ravenscroft27 - AltLd - 30/Apr/13

philboy - Lead - 20/Apr/13 with matt g

samoliver01 - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Drew Brown

Sunny Day, Had Lunch Perched on the Top.
Drew(yes im magic) - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Sam Oliver

ChrisWills - 2nd O/S - Mar/13 with Aaron O'Leary

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Shaw Brown - 2013 with cliff brown

Andy Chadwick - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/12

Climbed in the dark, was sweet!
JamesGibson - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/12

Conan - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Matt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12

baldy.matt - 2nd - 02/Sep/12 with Conan Harrod

baldy.matt - 2nd - 02/Sep/12 with Conan Harrod

musgravet - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/12 with Jesse Coombs, Doug Wilkie

Doug Wilkie - 2nd - 09/Aug/12 with Tom Musgrave

williamsd79 - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Tom Harvey

mark v - 2nd - 21/Jul/12 with Tom Parkin

david221088 - 2nd - 14/Jul/12 with Stu

foostu4 - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/12 with Dave Couling

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
Hannahjscott - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Mark Madge

a must for any climber with a sense of history! lead both pitches, well worth the long walk in, all be it extreamly polished.
Webster - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/12

i.fish2000 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Webster

mol - AltLd - 18/Jun/12 with Jesse

fall-line - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/12 with Vince

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/12

Very windy!
Laurence Cowton - AltLd - 14/Jun/12 with Howie, Job, John Ware

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/12

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Mike

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 02/Jun/12

MikePen - Lead dnf - 28/May/12 with Stuart

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.
jandyd05 - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with Jason Greaves, Graeme Lennox

Ken Applegate - AltLd - 25/May/12 with Nick Cannon Jones

nickcj - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12

luke harper - 2nd O/S - 21/May/12

Sean Holmes - Lead O/S - 21/May/12

jacktomlinson - AltLd O/S - 21/May/12 with luke harper

Alex Munnery - AltLd O/S - 03/May/12 with Mike Hood

Mike Hood - AltLd - 03/May/12 with Alex

williambovington - 2nd O/S - May/12

ClayClay - 2nd - May/12

Hidden - May/12

CraigMcAteer - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/12 with mark thomas,jap

Hidden - Lead - 18/Apr/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12

Darron - 2012

Hidden - 2012

A Downing - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2012

butteredfrog - 2012

Col Kingshott - Lead - 2012

JonG - 2012

Narked4fun - 2012

rumtramp - 2012

DGY - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Steven Carter - 2012

ewan i - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/11 with mark duggan

Mark D - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/11 with Ewan Irvine

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Easy, but rope jam meant 3 topouts to release them , oh well...
gobey - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Mat, Paul

Knot-Paul - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Bob, Matt

al jackson - AltLd - 01/Oct/11

Lowered Alex off and then down climbed the top block.
Adi Hooper - Lead - 29/Sep/11 with Alex Stothert

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/11

lead summit pitch, excellent! Have been wanting to do this ever since I started climbing. Have never seen a route so polished before!
Dan Geh - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Thomas Geh

tgeh - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with dan geh

Hidden - Lead - 23/Aug/11

Neil Becousse - AltLd - 22/Aug/11

carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11

Frostie - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/11 with Tammy

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).
Martin Davies - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/11 with Mike Elkin

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/11

Dervey - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11

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...
da_cox - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/11 with Richard Overitt, Andy Overitt

adam06 - Lead - 30/Jul/11 with mike weaver

Hidden - 25/Jul/11

Well good!
andi turner - AltLd - 25/Jul/11 with Jordan 'skin's good' Buys

Could not have picked a better day! Lead top pitch. Down climbing was certainly more scarey than the acsent!
Mountain Llama - AltLd - 24/Jul/11 with Paul S

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?
Simon Caldwell - AltLd - 24/Jul/11 with Carmen

Short lived, but fun as was first proper pinnacle route. Abbed off the shoulder
Matt Schwarz - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Lois Barratt

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jul/11

JohnTheMountainGoat - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Adam Rawlings

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jul/11

petegunn - 2nd - 03/Jul/11 with Scottish Dave, Davina

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 03/Jul/11

fulton333 - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Charlie Edwards

dbell67 - 03/Jul/11 with Davina, Petegunn

Lead first pitch to the shoulder, very polished but entertaining crack
J.Atkins - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/11 with Tom Osterwold

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 27/Jun/11

Ste Ridd - AltLd - 05/Jun/11 with Mike Collins, M.Sadler

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11

mikecollins - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with moose ridd, manmike

Slyven - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with WillS

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11

Exodus - Solo - 03/Jun/11

WillSilvie - 2nd O/S - Jun/11

Far Out! Standing on the top proved to be a bit 'collywobble'-ish. Glad it as good weather...
Robin S - 2nd O/S - 05/May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/11

CashaJones - TR - 27/Apr/11

Lovely day and great position, but the climbing wasn't all that special. Charlotte led p1, I led p2
lukehodson - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Charlotte

Phil Latham - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Krystl Mayes

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/11

Krys81 - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Phil Latham

jon59 - AltLd - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/11

MrRoundy - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11 with JP

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/11

WB - Solo O/S - 10/Apr/11

Tom lead p1, I lead to the top of the nose. One of the most over rated climbs in the UK?
David Bulley - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Tom Heaney, Jay

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.
y2keable - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/11 with tom heaney, Bulley

tom heaney - AltLd O/S - Mar/11

Andrew_ing - AltLd - 28/Feb/11

James Mackin - AltLd - 28/Feb/11

Dan0Me - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Josh C

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jan/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

brianrunner - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

pie_eater_pete - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Paul Boggis - Lead - 2011

birdie num num - 2011

Ben C - 2011

rurp - Lead - 2011

bullybones - 2011

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Ryan M Wilson - 2nd - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 2011

ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/10 with Ben

oliver.ghill91 - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/10

LardClimber - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/10 with Nic Dynes

jon clayton - Lead - 25/Sep/10

approximate date
nblackbeard - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/10 with Mark Holland, Hartmut Erzgraber

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/10

Hidden - 15/Aug/10

Hidden - 11/Aug/10

climbed in the rain
HansUDes - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10 with Bradley Morrell

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/10

2,1 this time, having previously 1,2 with Mike B.
Martin Stevens - AltLd rpt - 22/Jul/10 with Mervyn L.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/10

davidwright - AltLd - 12/Jul/10 with Simon B

perfect weather, great route to start the day!
tobyk - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Max Rayner

MaxR - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Toby

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/10

Hidden - 14/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/10

dja - AltLd rpt - 14/Jun/10 with Andy Smith, Paul

nickstephens - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Nancy Jones

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/10

chrissloan84 - Lead O/S - 30/May/10

Wet and cold, big boots. For something so famous it was pretty dissapointing.
HIGHTOWER - 2nd - 29/May/10 with Andy Woolston

Jeanie led the Wasdale Crack, we both led the final block.
Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Jeanie

greylag - 2nd - 16/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/May/10

Hidden - 2nd - 08/May/10

Hidden - 2nd - 03/May/10

Sophie Nunn - 02/May/10

My hardest top rope downclimb flash to date!
TiffTiff - TR β - 02/May/10 with Sophie, Heather

Liam Martin - Lead O/S - 01/May/10 with Stephen Wilkinson

trueuk1 - 2nd O/S - 01/May/10

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!
Monkey_Alan - Lead O/S - 01/May/10 with Paul Crowsley

melvin - AltLd - 27/Apr/10 with Rob Atkinson

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Andrew

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Seconded first pitch then took one cam and climbed the second as far as having my hands on the top.
abercolin - 17/Apr/10 with Simon Palmer, Hayley Riggs

hayleylouise - 17/Apr/10 with Simon Palmer, Colin Riggs

gordon henderson - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Pete

ian d f - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/10 with Mark

markfromstoke - 2nd - 13/Apr/10 with Ian

pmurdy - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/10

tomtom89 - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Jack

jac00 - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Tom

descent route
jackse - Lead - Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

sass - 2010

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

Went up in a three. Lowered Neza down first before nick down climbed to the sholder, then abseiled off.
Jack Loftus - AltLd - 13/Dec/09 with Neza Novak, Nick

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Dec/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Sep/09

Done in greasy conditions with rain showers. The cloud was swirling all around us, very atmospheric. 51 years since my Dad last did it!
Shaw Brown - Lead - 06/Sep/09 with cliff brown

Hidden - AltLd rpt - Sep/09

Big boots and micro rack at 8 o'clock in the evening!
Adam Booth - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Roel

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/09

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Pete aka Dad

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!
Will Hunt - AltLd rpt - 02/Aug/09 with Steve Sharland

Hidden - Lead - Aug/09

at last, after a wee wait, climbed in the sun, sat atop all on our own. good fun and interesting well protected down climb!
lithos - 25/Jul/09 with julie

luke46 - Lead O/S - Jul/09

Mark Salter - 2nd - 08/Jun/09 with Chris Shorrock

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/09

Caralynh - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/09 with Andy Hobson

tjmillen - AltLd O/S - Jun/09 with simon hall

andy mcc - 2nd - 31/May/09 with Jason King

Polished/slippy, the arete is much more aesthetic climbing
Simonfarfaraway - 29/May/09 with Paul Gale

rob_lee - Lead O/S - 26/May/09 with William Strickland-Miller

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/09

P1 lead; P2 2nd
thebigfriendlymoose - AltLd O/S - 09/May/09 with Andy Ebbens

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.
gav - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with Mark

Hidden - Lead - 24/Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Apr/09

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Zac Poulton

Orlov - Solo O/S - 15/Apr/09

Theeni - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/09 with Matt Kemp

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 05/Apr/09 with Nic Dill

clairepoppett - 2nd - 21/Mar/09 with Sammy, Marcus

Hidden - Solo - 20/Mar/09

sk8world19 - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with James Monypenny

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09

beaumap - Lead - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

wilkie14c - 2009

Liam Martin - 2nd dnf - 08/Nov/08 with Felix

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.
Mr. K - AltLd dnf - 27/Sep/08 with Martin Parmiter

springything - AltLd dnf - 27/Sep/08 with Kyle Wood

Little B - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/08

Lead 1st pitch. Down climbed top pitch and abbed off 2nd pitch.
lucasp - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/08 with Ricardo

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/08

tumbling wizard - Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/08

Dr Rorlasaurus - AltLd - 07/Jun/08 with Tom Sparkes

Alaister Nurse - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08 with Al Whitehead

A Downing - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08 with Ben Monkton

sparkoclimb - AltLd - 07/Jun/08 with Edwards

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.
chadrads - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/08 with sean veal

sean72 - 2nd - 01/Jun/08 with Chadrads

perfectlynormalbeast - AltLd O/S - Jun/08 with Stuart Fox

jimsrankin - AltLd O/S - Jun/08

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.
jimorothy - Lead O/S - 29/May/08 with Rachel Crolla

camped at sty head tarn and nearly got blown back down the mountain. great climb and glad i've finally done it.
dja - Lead O/S - 27/May/08 with imogen and alice

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/08

jonny taylor - AltLd O/S - 17/May/08 with James

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.
Humpty Dangler - Lead O/S - 17/May/08 with Rob

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/08

Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 17/May/08 with Jonny Taylor

decs - AltLd - 15/May/08 with Ian

ioboy - 2nd - 05/May/08 with Pete Holland

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 03/May/08 with Caroline

CarolineH - 2nd O/S - 03/May/08 with Dave

ayuplass - 2nd - 13/Apr/08 with Ian & Cat

chris warner - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/08 with dave warner

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.
climbinmunkey - AltLd RP - 18/Mar/08 with Helen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/08

TonyP - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/08 with KENNY

popov86 - AltLd - 21/Dec/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Nov/07

Lead top pitch from shoulder to the top of the block. Good for the history and position, not for the climb.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 04/Nov/07 with davepwsmith

Sarah R - 2nd - 04/Nov/07 with Greg Grace

Calder - 2nd - 03/Nov/07 with Mark

Diggler - Lead O/S - Nov/07

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.
jugglingeek - Lead β - 21/Oct/07 with Will, Evans, Tiff

Hidden - Lead - 18/Oct/07

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 07/Oct/07

Quite an experience! Good climbing despite the gleaming rock.
adamscottthomas - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/07 with Ellen Taylor

More rope faff than climbing, but well worth it!
ellentaylor - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/07 with Adam Thomas

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/07

ewen - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/07 with ian hinkins

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/07

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.
Eccentric - AltLd - 20/Jun/07 with Bunchuk

IanGilbertJones - Lead β - 27/May/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/May/07

steveP - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Paul Rowlands

joe king - AltLd - 04/May/07 with steve petit

Mark A Humphries - Lead O/S - 04/May/07 with Martin Collins, Bram Groeneveld

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/07

Trobbo - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/07 with steve crossley

innesmac - Apr/07

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Mar/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

Johann - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Darryl Fish

Hidden - 2007

J1PEF - 2007

Sunset at Sphinx rock then Gable to summit and back in dark, Beer at Wasdale Head!
Mike Hargreaves - Lead - 01/Nov/06 with Heather Meek

Lowered off below the first belay due to hail and the leader being without waterproofs. Rope stuck, then cut, following leaders retreat.
Dave Richards - 2nd dnf - 27/Aug/06 with Andy Winter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/06

ikl minx - 2nd β - 11/Aug/06 with jonnyboy

The down climbing seemed easier than the way up
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/06 with Sharon R

Finally climb the Needle!
Sam Judson - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/06 with Caroline Judson

Swirly - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/06 with katherine

Not much fun getting off!!!
cheeky - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/06 with Nick

mark4344 - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/06 with Andy Philipson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/06

Mass ascent completed with 11 others
leerybunny - TR O/S - 03/Jun/06

Hidden - 03/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead - 07/May/06

karabiner - 2nd - 06/May/06 with Jake

Unfortunately no handstand on teh sumbit, excellent rope work practise on the descent
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/05 with Dom Stockton

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/05

Alice led P1, Keith 2.
runwildjohn - 2nd - 18/Aug/05 with Keith Phillips, Alice Horton

featuresforfeet - Lead O/S - Aug/05 with Greig

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jul/05

BALD EAGLE - Lead - 28/May/05 with Christian Darr

jason - Lead O/S - May/05 with mike

stukent - 2nd O/S - Apr/05 with James Sugdon

smollett - Lead O/S - Mar/05 with Stu Kent, tim wallis

platt2000 - Lead - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/04

kickaha4 - 2nd - 22/May/04 with Karl Rowe

Peter Metcalfe - Lead - Feb/04 with Wyn Clayton

John Kettle - AltLd - 2004

fizzy_elephant - Lead - 2004 with Rob Williams

Big boots, old style. Great fun.
beds74 - AltLd - 30/May/03 with neil mackay

malc - AltLd O/S - 29/May/03 with Adele

Tim W - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/03 with Tom Jolly, Mel Brown

Stone Muppet - 2003

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/02

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/02

Hidden - 2002

Gman - Lead O/S - Jul/01 with Dan

4 of us got to the top !
Fatherof2 - Jun/00 with John

bullybones - 2000

alan moore - Solo - 2000

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2000

Hidden - Oct/99

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/99

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/May/99

Bug - 1999

haydng - 1999

Hidden - Lead - 1998

ColdAndWet - Lead - 1998

Neil Conway - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/96 with Adam Lincoln

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jul/96

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 1996

kevp - Lead O/S - Aug/95 with Mike Vogler

MaNimal - AltLd - 18/Jul/95 with Rob Whiteman

biggianthead - 21/Jun/95 with C

steve prior - AltLd - Jun/95 with Bruce

Hidden - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 1995

cold and slippy
Ian Archer - AltLd O/S - 27/May/94 with Rob Gilkes

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/94

stokienomad - 1994

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/May/93

Mark lowered me off the top then downclimbed himself!
Babika - 2nd - May/93 with Mark Jones

NeilGriffiths - 1993 with Lynn Sealey, Paul Tucker

Hidden - Lead - 29/Dec/91

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!
Tony Little - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/91 with PS

Nigel Bond - Lead - 21/Jul/90 with Roger Skews

rob from scotland - 1990

chris wyatt - Lead O/S - 1990 with TRICOUNIS

PeteCheung - Lead - 1990 with Giles

Steve Lenartowicz - 1990

PeteCheung - Lead - 1990 with Giles

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Dec/89

mikej - Lead - 08/Jul/89 with Mike Byles

Hidden - 05/Jul/89

Mick King - 2nd - 15/Dec/88 with Pete Hankinson

Andy Say - Solo - 13/Nov/88

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/88

Hidden - AltLd - 1988

scree - 1987

rogerskews - AltLd - 05/Jun/85

Hidden - Lead - Mar/85

Guy - 1985

Hidden - Solo - 1985

Good value in plastic boots in the cold and wet!
Mark Kemball - 2nd - 30/Dec/84 with Dave Hall, Chris Jones

First Real Climb
teespaddler - 2nd - 1984

Hammy - Lead - 05/Aug/83

One of my first climbs. I remember mostly being relieved to have got off it successfully!
EddieA - Lead O/S - Mar/83 with Jim F

Richard Weller - Lead - 1983 with Murdoch McAllister

ill_bill - Lead - Aug/82 with Martin Bown

Steve Crowe - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/82

biggianthead - May/82 with M

Met a guy at a folk weekend in Threlkeld and took him up this.
Pete Pozman - Apr/82

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Solo - 1982

Nigel Coe - 17/Apr/81 with Pat Stanley, Steve Portnoi, Jackie Coe

Folk camping party pal. can't remember when this exactly was. Not even sure of the year!
Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 1981

MikeDowsett - AltLd - 12/Apr/80 with Andy Lynch

Tom V - 1980

DUMC trip
Gary Coggon - 2nd O/S - 1980

Andy Fielding - AltLd - 15/Aug/79 with Andy Burton

climbed with Al Bennet on a soloing round incl Needle Ridge and others. Done before
uphillnow - Solo - 1978

Abseil off top by hooking rope round the top block ... tricky ...
Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 05/Jun/77 with John Haswell

Hidden - Aug/75

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/75

Hard finish. 5a?!
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1975 with Huw John

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/74

Hidden - Lead - 1973

Hidden - Lead - 1972

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/69

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 04/Jul/67 with Jim Worthington

Pete Ackroyd, et al (VDiff then)
Chris Craggs - 1967

Hidden - Aug/65

rem12112122 - 2nd - 0000

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