20m, 2 pitches. Start at the bottom of Wasdale Crack.
1.) 16m, traverse delicately right until a pull around onto the arete can be made. Climb the arete to the shoulder.
2.) 4m, pitch 2 of the Wasdale Crack.

WH Fowler Sep/1894

A Mountain Journey 18/Aug Lead

Very good indeed. And not as polished as I had expected. Can highly recommend.

with Kate
KateA 18/Aug 2nd
Hugh Simons 15/Aug Solo O/S
with Sarah
Hidden 08/Aug Lead O/S
David_Gledson 29/Jun Solo O/S

Not too bad as a solo, just be very careful!!

Hidden 15/Jun AltLd O/S
Calum Wadsworth 08/Jun AltLd O/S

Top pitch, polished as hell and a bugger to get back down again, first pitch was nice mind. Got the tick now though, and there was a decent view!

with Ruairidh Wadsworth
Hidden ?/Jun AltLd O/S
G Weatherley ?/Jun 2nd β
with Richard Ive
Hidden 30/May Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May 2nd
Becks87 23/May 2nd O/S
with Adam L
atom 23/May Lead

A very worthwhile route of a super classic landmark. This route is a lot less polished than the Wasdale Crack start to the shoulder. Used a left foot mantle to get onto the top block to much relief. Extremely polished and nothing that great for protection on the very top. Was told about a small crack about a foot below the back edge from the climb that takes a 0.5 cam and used a sling round a slight notch on the top to set up belay. Hairy getting down after lowering my second. Didn't fancy the methods mentioned in the various guides. Used a combination of abseil from the slight notch and down climbing. Hate to say it for national heritage reasons but maybe a bolt and chain in the top would be a good idea here. Abseiled from the knotted ropes and rusty maillons back off the shoulder (Not recommended)

scott quinn 18/Apr Lead O/S
with dad
Hidden 09/Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Apr 2nd β
Pigpen 07/Apr AltLd
with Loch
steely 21/Mar 2nd
with luke armitage
s1362083 19/Nov/14 AltLd
petegunn 16/Nov/14 Lead
Hidden 16/Nov/14 2nd O/S
Tobias Barthelmes 16/Oct/14 2nd O/S
with Pete and Davina
robertmichaeladams 12/Jul/14 Lead
with Bex
Steve954 20/Jun/14 2nd β

Fantastic, third time lucky (1st only just started climbing, 2nd wet)

vinspin 10/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Great route 7 hours from car and back in bad conditions well Worth it though!

with kaz, carl
Hidden 25/May/14 2nd O/S
alastairbegley 25/May/14 Lead O/S

Fun route, with a great position on top, surprisingly there was no one else around on a bank holiday!

Hidden 17/May/14 Lead O/S
Olli-C 18/Apr/14 AltLd rpt
with Chris Waddle
tskelhon ??/2014 Lead O/S
clmacdonald ??/2014 2nd
joe hallam 30/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
thomaspomfrett 04/Sep/13 AltLd O/S


with Joe Callaghan
stevo smith 26/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Led the top section (4m Mantelshelf) after doing the Arete. Then backdown to climb Lingmell & The Crowley Route.

with Rob hall patch
Bex_M 25/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
with Claire Ellwood
redshapedfriday 07/Aug/13 Lead
with tom anderson
mrginna 08/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

1st pitch

with Ben Hiles
darlolad 05/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
mcglenr25 09/Jun/13 AltLd O/S


JohnBear 09/Jun/13 AltLd


with Gus, Ryan
peter.ravenscroft27 30/Apr/13 AltLd
with Jack Godwin
Simonpeel 03/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Steve Lenartowicz 05/Nov/12 Lead
with Clare
Derek Robinson 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Mark Collins 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S


with Delboy
Goose4 14/Jul/12 Lead O/S
steve-grigg 21/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Pinky 12/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Lead Wasdale crack, Alec lead The arete first and left gear for me to clip into. Keep your face in and push like hell on that left leg then its all over. Absolutely fantastic.... Jackot!

with alec thomas, chris thomas
nickcj 27/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/12 Lead
Will Gordon 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/12 2nd
Richard Alderton 28/Mar/12 AltLd

Liam rope-soloed to the shoulder, then me to the top.

with Liam
Dervey 28/Mar/12 AltLd
with Rich
Ian Hinkins 26/Mar/12 Lead
Hidden 24/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
GermanAlex 15/Oct/11 AltLd

not entirely sure which route we did, forgot the guidebook and didn't fancy the dark, polished "standard" route. just made our way up past a massive flake offering a bit of chimney-esque climbing, easy but slightly bold

Brannock 15/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

With German Alex, as he said we left the guide book behind, 1st pitch went up the crack on the oppostie of the Needle to the really polished crack (Wasdale crack?), second pitch from spike belay worthy of Stoney. Not sure about the grade would have thought S4a more appropriate, even with the down climb, though alex thought HS 4b.

Peter Holder 13/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Ryan Wilson
TimKnight 29/Aug/11 Lead dnf

Led to shoulder but then waited 30 mins for the rain to clear; by the time Owen and then Jen had 2nd'd pitch 1 was too cold to continue. Good situation and historic but not a great climb

with Owen Daniel, Jen Shutt
Rog Wilko 23/Jul/11 Lead

One star for the climbing; two stars for the history; three stars for getting safely back to the shoulder.

with Debbie Wilkinson
iwebster59017 04/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Kirsty810202 04/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jul/11 2nd O/S
pffft 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Don't know what people are complaining about. Seen much worse polish else where. Lovely route.

with Jojo Mills, Naomi Havercroft
Hidden 03/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 03/Jul/11 2nd
Dynamo Digby 30/Jun/11 -

Slightly damp, bl**dy cold, but awesome climb!!

with Rob Brown
Pohil 04/Jun/11 Lead
Hidden 03/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Spanner 18/May/11 2nd
with Josh Crabtree
sam coward 01/May/11 Lead O/S
with Helen
Graeme Hammond 30/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

Preferred this way up needle to The Wasdale Crack, much better positions and climbing, led first pitch. Brilliant view this time from the summit.

Hidden 30/Apr/11 AltLd
djmarko75 ?/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Awesome. Why has this only got 1 star on here? defo worth ***

y2keable 27/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
tom heaney ?/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
jon clayton 25/Sep/10 Lead
Hidden 15/Aug/10 -
Daniel Heath 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Most amazing experience, in the rain and above a 400m cloud base Very grateful to the kind soul who placed a mallion + cord on the shoulder!

Ianwesterby 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Sophie Nunn 02/May/10 Lead O/S
TiffTiff 02/May/10 AltLd O/S

'Led' P2

with Sophie, Heather
andy jennings 02/May/10 AltLd O/S
with Floris
jackse ?/Apr/10 Lead
RCrockford 17/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

Lead second pitch, polished but positive moves. Summit was wacky but awesome.

with Jonah
Neil Metcalfe101 13/Sep/09 AltLd

Allan lead 1st pitch & I lead 2nd pitch. Really polished and tricky to get up. No finese, used knees but got there. have to wrap rope round over hang and tie on to it for belay, weird!

with Allan Mac
auld al ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
matt_ringrose 02/Aug/09 AltLd
with Ed Causton
Hidden ?/Aug/09 Lead
monkeymark 20/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Becky E 02/Jun/09 2nd O/S
BeccaSnowden 02/May/09 AltLd O/S
with Tom
thomasadixon 02/May/09 AltLd O/S

Lead second pitch. Nice climbing on 1st pitch second pitch polished and not nice at all! Worth the summit though.

with Becca
buddha1369 19/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
with Simon B (OB)
iliff 19/Mar/09 2nd O/S

wasent worth th walkin huge dissapointment

Hidden 14/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
tomparrott 07/Jun/08 Lead O/S
jimsrankin ?/Jun/08 AltLd O/S
Christopher Williamson 25/May/08 -
with Matt Sleightholme
thegoatstroker ?/Feb/08 -
with Ben Monypenny
Lawrie Brand 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Mark Walter 20/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
wilchivs 20/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
innesmac ?/Apr/07 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Bargate_Champ ??/2007 Lead O/S
Rawstron1 16/Jun/06 2nd

My 1st ever trad route.

with Tim
Hidden ?/May/06 -
stewart murray ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
peteetheridge ??/2003 2nd O/S
with Tom Weston
Hidden 22/Aug/99 Lead O/S
Simon Caldwell ?/Jul/99 AltLd O/S
with Mike
andyfeds ?/Oct/98 Lead
with Andy C
BenTiffin ?/Jul/98 Lead
Phil West 25/May/96 AltLd O/S

I led top pitch. Mist came in very thick. Got some eerie photos.

with David Atherton
gallonj ??/1992 -
John Southworth ?/Apr/90 AltLd O/S
Iain Thow 03/Oct/87 Lead
with Phil Moorey
Steve Crowe ??/1974 2nd O/S

With Derwent Hill staff

Hidden ??/1971 AltLd
Hidden 01/Aug/69 AltLd O/S
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