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, My List, CUMC Ticklist, Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Andrew Holden 11/Oct Lead
D.botts87 09/Oct AltLd O/S
rob butcher
JoeCoxson 30/Sep Solo O/S

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.

Hidden 30/Sep AltLd O/S
Darrell Read 29/Sep Lead O/S
Chrismoore94 21/Sep Lead
Arran Chambers
Charles Kinniburgh 18/Sep AltLd

Tom 1st pitch, me 2nd pitch

Tom Grandison
Hidden 06/Sep Lead
Hidden 26/Aug -
Hugh Simons 15/Aug Solo O/S

In descent... Polished!

Sarah Thomson
James_Kendal 01/Aug Lead O/S

A true classic. Did top pitch of The Obverse Route. Had beta on how to anchor at the top.

Sophie, Alastair
Hidden 01/Aug 2nd
tomowen13 09/Jul AltLd
BPaske 09/Jul AltLd
deacondeacon 04/Jul Lead O/S

Route was soaked, and very windy. In approach shoes. Quite awkward but overall a bit underwhelming. Worthwhile but only for historical reasons.

Hidden 29/Jun AltLd O/S
David_Gledson 29/Jun Lead O/S

With Soren from UKC. Really enjoyed it. Bold at the top though 2 bomber wires as you leave the belay and that's it.

elliptic 18/Jun Lead
Tom R.
DeanD 17/Jun AltLd
colin milton 15/Jun AltLd
Hidden 15/Jun AltLd
bclifton 07/Jun Lead O/S
G Weatherley ?/Jun 2nd β
Richard Ive
Hidden 26/May Lead O/S
AngelaC 26/May AltLd
Hidden 26/May AltLd O/S
Dave Mahon 23/May -

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

Hidden 23/May 2nd
will_benfold 23/May Lead O/S

Led up, then reversed to get down

Steve Broadbent, Aileen
kirky_p 04/May AltLd

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 :(

67hours 02/May Lead O/S

In spindrift. Not pleasant!!

shaunhumphreys 02/May Lead O/S

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

Dawn_K_B 02/May AltLd dnf

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.

Mike Bayley ??/2015 -
Mike Bayley ??/2015 -
kn ??/2015 2nd
gunnarofhlidarend ??/2015 AltLd
Hidden ??/2015 -
DavidH89 ??/2015 -
DavidH89 ??/2015 -
steely 30/Nov/14 2nd

magic day out.

sparkass 30/Nov/14 Lead O/S

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
smithjmw46 24/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Greasy, claggy, exposed, Incredible. Lowered second off and counterbalanced to the bottom. Brilliant abseil. Amazing route. Felt the elation of a novice again! INCREDIBLE

Hidden 14/Oct/14 2nd O/S
OllieF 30/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

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.

Emma W
emmswhit 30/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Burty21 22/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Incredible climb.

Pigpen 20/Sep/14 AltLd
mark20 11/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Jonny M 06/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Andre Knirsch
shafiq lalloo 27/Aug/14 Lead O/S
timmyhobby 27/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
Stanners 23/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!

CreepingExcellence. 23/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/14 Lead O/S
AndrewP 04/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Lots of faff for such a short climb but definitely worth it. Very polished.

FelixPeterken 04/Aug/14 2nd

Bloody scary! Amazing top, polished, but still amazing route in an amazing place.

Ewan Russell 29/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
JamieSparkes 24/Jul/14 2nd O/S

entertainingly polished. never done an intentional reverse mantelshelf before!

Nick Bryan
amy 09/Jul/14 -
Binder 07/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

I led p1. Excellent!

Tom S
KevB 05/Jul/14 AltLd

Led p2. Cold.

Rich Mayfield
Peter Reynolds ?/Jul/14 AltLd
stacey73 ?/Jul/14 2nd O/S


Conan 22/Jun/14 AltLd
John Jennings
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Tom.Priestley 20/Jun/14 2nd O/S


Matt Amos 31/May/14 Lead O/S
Leonhamnett 31/May/14 AltLd O/S
Jodgson 30/May/14 AltLd

Understandably very polished in places but fantastic none the less. Credit to Walter Haskett Smith for climbing this in 1886!

mjackson 18/May/14 AltLd
hotfeet 17/May/14 Lead O/S
Blue68 17/May/14 2nd O/S

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

crabtreer 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Matt1234 24/Apr/14 Lead O/S
SarahA 20/Apr/14 2nd
lcullum7 20/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/14 2nd O/S
2010_graham 15/Apr/14 Lead O/S
David B
bendevonport 03/Mar/14 Lead

Beautiful March sun.

Mark Cutter
Mackinclimb 02/Feb/14 AltLd
yesbutnobutyesbut ??/2014 -
nj.harris ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
PeteWilson 26/Nov/13 AltLd O/S

wet, windy, misty and very cold! had wanted to do this since I first started climbing 3 years ago, chuffed! :)

Hillson 26/Nov/13 AltLd
Hillson 26/Nov/13 AltLd
Dan Hostford 17/Nov/13 Lead rpt

Very wet and very slippy

Hidden 01/Oct/13 Lead O/S
mcglenr25 28/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
tim newton 10/Sep/13 Lead O/S
marie brichova
jasonpm 04/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Easy climbing but polished. A bit scary down climbing from the top.

Topsy Turvy ?/Sep/13 -

on a very windy evening just before dusk. Getting of the top was interesting.

Gordon Foster
dmetcalfe 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Nice climb, very polished, not worth climbing other than for climbing a classic route.

Dougbart 25/Aug/13 AltLd
Dougbart 25/Aug/13 AltLd
Hidden 25/Aug/13 Lead
stevo smith 25/Aug/13 AltLd

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
ferdia 22/Aug/13 Lead 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

hornbywill 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Paul_scott89 17/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Adam Ake 17/Aug/13 AltLd

Great climb, first pitch is more enjoyable than expected. Down lead the route to finish.

jonnie3430 10/Aug/13 2nd rpt
Carol Goodall 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Up Nape's Needle

petekeron 08/Aug/13 Solo O/S
cteakle ?/Aug/13 2nd dnf
willhornby ?/Aug/13 -
Hidden 30/Jul/13 AltLd
wildbill 26/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Captain America 26/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/13 2nd
ChrisHarris1981 12/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Pete Rigby 07/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 07/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S
dtalbot 06/Jul/13 2nd
Charles S
Hidden ?/Jul/13 Lead β
Hidden ?/Jul/13 AltLd β
Hidden 05/Jun/13 AltLd
matty123 05/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
Robert Ashcroft
chris smith 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S
DuckingFesperate ?/Jun/13 AltLd
Carrie Blair
Hidden ?/Jun/13 AltLd
Ommuff 11/May/13 AltLd
Mike Reading
Hidden 07/May/13 AltLd 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.

RKirke 04/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/May/13 AltLd
peter.ravenscroft27 30/Apr/13 AltLd
philboy 20/Apr/13 Lead
samoliver01 07/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Drew(yes im magic) 07/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Sunny Day, Had Lunch Perched on the Top.

ChrisWills ?/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Aaron O'Leary
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Shaw Brown ??/2013 -
cliff brown
Andy Chadwick ??/2013 -
andybirtwistle ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden 11/Nov/12 Lead O/S
JamesGibson 13/Oct/12 Lead O/S

Climbed in the dark, was sweet!

Conan 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
baldy.matt 02/Sep/12 2nd
Conan Harrod
baldy.matt 02/Sep/12 2nd
Conan Harrod
musgravet 10/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Jesse Coombs, Doug Wilkie
Doug Wilkie 09/Aug/12 2nd
williamsd79 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Tom Harvey
mark v 21/Jul/12 2nd
Tom Parkin
david221088 14/Jul/12 2nd
foostu4 14/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hannahjscott 20/Jun/12 2nd O/S

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

Mark Madge
Webster 20/Jun/12 Lead O/S

a must for any climber with a sense of history! lead both pitches, well worth the long walk in, all be it extreamly polished.

i.fish2000 20/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
mol 18/Jun/12 AltLd
fall-line 14/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/12 AltLd
Laurence Cowton 14/Jun/12 AltLd

Very windy!

Howie, Job, John Ware
Hidden 12/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 AltLd
Julesthe1st 03/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/12 AltLd rpt
MikePen 28/May/12 Lead dnf
jandyd05 27/May/12 Lead O/S

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
Ken Applegate 25/May/12 AltLd
Nick Cannon Jones
nickcj 25/May/12 AltLd O/S
luke harper 21/May/12 2nd O/S
Sean Holmes 21/May/12 Lead O/S
jacktomlinson 21/May/12 AltLd O/S
Alex Munnery 03/May/12 AltLd O/S
Mike Hood 03/May/12 AltLd
williambovington ?/May/12 2nd O/S
ClayClay ?/May/12 2nd
Hidden ?/May/12 -
CraigMcAteer 28/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/12 Lead
Hidden 11/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Darron ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
A Downing ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 AltLd O/S
butteredfrog ??/2012 -
Col Kingshott ??/2012 Lead
JonG ??/2012 -
Narked4fun ??/2012 -
rumtramp ??/2012 -
DGY ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
Steven Carter ??/2012 -
ewan i 28/Oct/11 Lead O/S
mark duggan
Mark D 28/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Ewan Irvine
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
gobey 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Easy, but rope jam meant 3 topouts to release them , oh well...

Mat, Paul
Knot-Paul 01/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Bob, Matt
al jackson 01/Oct/11 AltLd
Adi Hooper 29/Sep/11 Lead

Lowered Alex off and then down climbed the top block.

Alex Stothert
Hidden ?/Sep/11 2nd
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!

tgeh 31/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
dan geh
Hidden 23/Aug/11 Lead
Neil Becousse 22/Aug/11 AltLd
carl_123 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
Frostie 19/Aug/11 Lead O/S
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).

Mike Elkin
Hidden 17/Aug/11 AltLd
Hidden 17/Aug/11 AltLd
Dervey 09/Aug/11 Lead O/S
da_cox 09/Aug/11 2nd O/S

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
adam06 30/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 25/Jul/11 -
andi turner 25/Jul/11 AltLd

Well good!

Mountain Llama 24/Jul/11 AltLd

Could not have picked a better day! Lead top pitch. Down climbing was certainly more scarey than the acsent!

Paul S
Simon Caldwell 24/Jul/11 AltLd

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

Hidden 23/Jul/11 AltLd
JohnTheMountainGoat 14/Jul/11 2nd O/S
Adam Rawlings
Hidden 03/Jul/11 AltLd
petegunn 03/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 03/Jul/11 AltLd rpt
fulton333 03/Jul/11 Lead
dbell67 03/Jul/11 -
Davina, Petegunn
J.Atkins 01/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Lead first pitch to the shoulder, very polished but entertaining crack

Hidden ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jun/11 2nd rpt
Ste Ridd 05/Jun/11 AltLd
Hidden 05/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
mikecollins 05/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
Slyven 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Exodus 03/Jun/11 Solo
WillSilvie ?/Jun/11 2nd O/S
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...

Hidden ?/May/11 Lead O/S
CashaJones 27/Apr/11 TR
lukehodson 24/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

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
Hidden 24/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
Krys81 24/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Phil Latham
jon59 23/Apr/11 AltLd
Hidden 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Graham Westbrook 23/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
MrRoundy 23/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
WB 10/Apr/11 Solo 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?

y2keable 27/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

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
Andrew_ing 28/Feb/11 AltLd
James Mackin 28/Feb/11 AltLd
Dan0Me 29/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Josh C
Hidden 27/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jan/11 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
centurion05 ??/2011 -
brianrunner ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
pie_eater_pete ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 Lead
birdie num num ??/2011 -
Ben C ??/2011 -
rurp ??/2011 Lead
bullybones ??/2011 -
j.buckley87 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
Ryan M Wilson ??/2011 2nd
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd
ollyroberts 20/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
oliver.ghill91 20/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
LardClimber 27/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Nic Dynes
jon clayton 25/Sep/10 Lead
nblackbeard 01/Sep/10 Lead O/S

approximate date

Mark Holland, Hartmut Erzgraber
Hidden 31/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/10 -
Hidden 11/Aug/10 -
HansUDes 11/Aug/10 Lead O/S

climbed in the rain

Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Martin Stevens 22/Jul/10 AltLd rpt

2,1 this time, having previously 1,2 with Mike B.

Mervyn L.
Hidden 12/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
davidwright 12/Jul/10 AltLd
tobyk 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S

perfect weather, great route to start the day!

MaxR 19/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/10 -
Hidden 14/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
dja 14/Jun/10 AltLd rpt
nickstephens 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/10 Lead O/S
chrissloan84 30/May/10 Lead O/S
HIGHTOWER 29/May/10 2nd

Wet and cold, big boots. For something so famous it was pretty dissapointing.

centurion05 29/May/10 Lead
Stuart Macfarlane 22/May/10 AltLd O/S

Jeanie led the Wasdale Crack, we both led the final block.

greylag 16/May/10 2nd
Hidden 08/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/May/10 2nd
Hidden 03/May/10 2nd
Sophie Nunn 02/May/10 -
TiffTiff 02/May/10 TR β

My hardest top rope downclimb flash to date!

Sophie, Heather
Liam Martin 01/May/10 Lead O/S
Stephen Wilkinson
trueuk1 01/May/10 2nd O/S
Monkey_Alan 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!

Paul Crowsley
melvin 27/Apr/10 AltLd
Rob Atkinson
tomthecoolperson 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
abercolin 17/Apr/10 -

Seconded first pitch then took one cam and climbed the second as far as having my hands on the top.

hayleylouise 17/Apr/10 -
Simon Palmer, Colin Riggs
gordon henderson 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
ian d f 13/Apr/10 Lead O/S
markfromstoke 13/Apr/10 2nd
pmurdy 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
tomtom89 10/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
jac00 10/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
jackse ?/Apr/10 Lead

descent route

Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
sass ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 2nd O/S
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
Jack Loftus 13/Dec/09 AltLd

Went up in a three. Lowered Neza down first before nick down climbed to the sholder, then abseiled off.

Neza Novak, Nick
Hidden 13/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 17/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Sep/09 2nd
Shaw Brown 06/Sep/09 Lead

Done in greasy conditions with rain showers. The cloud was swirling all around us, very atmospheric. 51 years since my Dad last did it!

cliff brown
Hidden ?/Sep/09 AltLd rpt
Adam Booth 22/Aug/09 2nd O/S

Big boots and micro rack at 8 o'clock in the evening!

Hidden 12/Aug/09 Lead O/S
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!

Steve Sharland
Hidden ?/Aug/09 Lead
lithos 25/Jul/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!

luke46 ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Mark Salter 08/Jun/09 2nd
Chris Shorrock
Hidden 04/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
Caralynh 04/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
tjmillen ?/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
simon hall
andy mcc 31/May/09 2nd
Jason King
Simonfarfaraway 29/May/09 -

Polished/slippy, the arete is much more aesthetic climbing

Paul Gale
rob_lee 26/May/09 Lead O/S
William Strickland-Miller
Hidden 11/May/09 Lead O/S
thebigfriendlymoose 09/May/09 AltLd O/S

P1 lead; P2 2nd

Andy Ebbens
gav 03/May/09 Lead O/S

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.

Hidden 24/Apr/09 Lead
Hidden 18/Apr/09 AltLd
John Pickles 18/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Orlov 15/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Theeni 10/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Matt Kemp
Mark Kemball 05/Apr/09 2nd
Nic Dill
clairepoppett 21/Mar/09 2nd
Sammy, Marcus
Hidden 20/Mar/09 Solo
sk8world19 19/Mar/09 2nd O/S
James Monypenny
petegunn 19/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 19/Mar/09 2nd O/S
beaumap ??/2009 Lead
Seymore Butt ??/2009 -
wilkie14c ??/2009 -
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.

springything 27/Sep/08 AltLd dnf
Little B 26/Sep/08 Lead O/S
lucasp 12/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

Lead 1st pitch. Down climbed top pitch and abbed off 2nd pitch.

Hidden 12/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/08 AltLd O/S
tumbling wizard ?/Jul/08 -
Hidden 08/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Dr Rorlasaurus 07/Jun/08 AltLd
Tom Sparkes
Alaister Nurse 07/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Al Whitehead
A Downing 07/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Ben Monkton
sparkoclimb 07/Jun/08 AltLd
chadrads 01/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.

sean72 01/Jun/08 2nd
perfectlynormalbeast ?/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
Stuart Fox
jimsrankin ?/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
jimorothy 29/May/08 Lead O/S

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.

Rachel Crolla
dja 27/May/08 Lead O/S

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
Hidden 25/May/08 Lead O/S
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.

Hidden 17/May/08 Lead O/S
Jimmy O 17/May/08 AltLd O/S
decs 15/May/08 AltLd
ioboy 05/May/08 2nd
Pete Holland
Bristoldave 03/May/08 Lead O/S
CarolineH 03/May/08 2nd O/S
ayuplass 13/Apr/08 2nd


Ian & Cat
chris warner 19/Mar/08 Lead O/S
dave warner
climbinmunkey 18/Mar/08 AltLd RP

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.

Hidden 17/Mar/08 Lead O/S
TonyP 19/Feb/08 Lead O/S
popov86 21/Dec/07 AltLd
Hidden 04/Nov/07 AltLd O/S
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.

Sarah R 04/Nov/07 2nd
Greg Grace
Calder 03/Nov/07 2nd
Diggler ?/Nov/07 Lead O/S
jugglingeek 21/Oct/07 Lead β

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
Hidden 18/Oct/07 Lead
Hidden 07/Oct/07 2nd dnf
adamscottthomas 13/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Quite an experience! Good climbing despite the gleaming rock.

ellentaylor 13/Sep/07 2nd O/S

More rope faff than climbing, but well worth it!

Hidden 08/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/07 2nd O/S
ewen 30/Jul/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Eccentric 20/Jun/07 AltLd

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.

IanGilbertJones 27/May/07 Lead β
Hidden 16/May/07 2nd O/S
steveP 05/May/07 Lead O/S
joe king 04/May/07 AltLd
steve petit
Mark A Humphries 04/May/07 Lead O/S
Martin Collins, Bram Groeneveld
Hidden 08/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
Trobbo 08/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
steve crossley
innesmac ?/Apr/07 -
Hidden 27/Mar/07 AltLd
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Johann ??/2007 AltLd O/S
Darryl Fish
Hidden ??/2007 -
J1PEF ??/2007 -
Mike Hargreaves 01/Nov/06 Lead

Sunset at Sphinx rock then Gable to summit and back in dark, Beer at Wasdale Head!

Heather Meek
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.

Andy Winter
Hidden 21/Aug/06 Lead O/S
ikl minx 11/Aug/06 2nd β
jonnyboy 03/Aug/06 Lead O/S

The down climbing seemed easier than the way up

Sam Judson 29/Jul/06 Lead O/S

Finally climb the Needle!

Caroline Judson
Swirly 04/Jul/06 Lead O/S
cheeky 08/Jun/06 2nd O/S

Not much fun getting off!!!

mark4344 08/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Andy Philipson
Hidden 03/Jun/06 2nd O/S
leerybunny 03/Jun/06 TR O/S

Mass ascent completed with 11 others

Hidden 03/Jun/06 -
Hidden 07/May/06 Lead
karabiner 06/May/06 2nd
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

Hidden ?/Sep/05 2nd
runwildjohn 18/Aug/05 2nd

Alice led P1, Keith 2.

Keith Phillips, Alice Horton
featuresforfeet ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/05 Lead
BALD EAGLE 28/May/05 Lead
Christian Darr
jason ?/May/05 Lead O/S
stukent ?/Apr/05 2nd O/S
James Sugdon
smollett ?/Mar/05 Lead O/S


Stu Kent, tim wallis
platt2000 ??/2005 Lead
Hidden 22/May/04 Lead O/S
kickaha4 22/May/04 2nd
Peter Metcalfe ?/Feb/04 Lead
Wyn Clayton
John Kettle ??/2004 AltLd
fizzy_elephant ??/2004 Lead
Rob Williams
beds74 30/May/03 AltLd

Big boots, old style. Great fun.

malc 29/May/03 AltLd O/S
Tim W 29/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Tom Jolly, Mel Brown
Stone Muppet ??/2003 -
Hidden ?/Jun/02 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/02 2nd
Hidden ??/2002 -
Gman ?/Jul/01 Lead O/S
Fatherof2 ?/Jun/00 -

4 of us got to the top !

bullybones ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 Solo
Adam Lincoln ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ?/Oct/99 -
Hidden 08/Sep/99 Lead
Hidden 05/May/99 Solo O/S
Bug ??/1999 -
haydng ??/1999 -
Hidden ??/1998 Lead
ColdAndWet ??/1998 Lead
Neil Conway 07/Sep/96 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jul/96 Lead
Marti999 ??/1996 Lead O/S
kevp ?/Aug/95 Lead O/S
Mike Vogler
MaNimal 18/Jul/95 AltLd
Rob Whiteman
biggianthead 21/Jun/95 -
steve prior ?/Jun/95 AltLd
Hidden ??/1995 -
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
Ian Archer 27/May/94 AltLd O/S

cold and slippy

Rob Gilkes
Hidden ?/Feb/94 AltLd
stokienomad ??/1994 -
Hidden 02/May/93 2nd O/S
Babika ?/May/93 2nd

Mark lowered me off the top then downclimbed himself!

Mark Jones
NeilGriffiths ??/1993 -
Lynn Sealey, Paul Tucker
Hidden 29/Dec/91 Lead
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!

Nigel Bond 21/Jul/90 Lead
Roger Skews
rob from scotland ??/1990 -
chris wyatt ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
Steve Lenartowicz ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
Hidden 07/Dec/89 AltLd
mikej 08/Jul/89 Lead
Mike Byles
Hidden 05/Jul/89 -
Mick King 15/Dec/88 2nd
Pete Hankinson
Andy Say 13/Nov/88 Solo
Hidden ?/Jul/88 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1988 AltLd
scree ??/1987 -
rogerskews 05/Jun/86 AltLd
Hidden ?/Mar/85 Lead
Guy ??/1985 -
Hidden ??/1985 Solo
Mark Kemball 30/Dec/84 2nd

Good value in plastic boots in the cold and wet!

Dave Hall, Chris Jones
teespaddler ??/1984 2nd

First Real Climb

Hammy 05/Aug/83 Lead
EddieA ?/Mar/83 Lead O/S

One of my first climbs. I remember mostly being relieved to have got off it successfully!

Jim F
Richard Weller ??/1983 Lead
Murdoch McAllister
ill_bill ?/Aug/82 Lead
Martin Bown
Steve Crowe 03/Jul/82 Solo O/S
biggianthead ?/May/82 -
Pete Pozman ?/Apr/82 -

Met a guy at a folk weekend in Threlkeld and took him up this.

Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??/1982 Solo
Nigel Coe 17/Apr/81 -
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!

MikeDowsett 12/Apr/80 AltLd
Andy Lynch
Tom V ??/1980 -
Gary Coggon ??/1980 2nd O/S

DUMC trip

Andy Fielding 15/Aug/79 AltLd
Andy Burton
uphillnow ??/1978 Solo

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

Gordon Stainforth 05/Jun/77 2nd

Abseil off top by hooking rope round the top block ... tricky ...

John Haswell
Hidden ?/Aug/75 -
Hidden ?/Jun/75 2nd
Ian Jones ??/1975 Lead O/S

Hard finish. 5a?!

Huw John
Hidden ?/May/74 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/1973 Lead
Hidden ??/1972 Lead
Hidden 01/Aug/69 AltLd O/S
Dave Musgrove 04/Jul/67 AltLd
Jim Worthington
Chris Craggs ??/1967 -

Pete Ackroyd, et al (VDiff then)

Hidden ?/Aug/65 -
rem12112122 ??/0000 2nd
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