Climbs 16
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 480m a.s.l
Faces SE

Final pitch of Blue John Rib, Mam Tor © Colin Wells

Crag features

The crag is situated on the south east face of Mam Tor and is impossible to miss, dominating as it does the Hope Valley and seen as soon as one breasts the crest of surprise view several miles away when approaching from the east. The ground is loose, broken and treacherous in most conditions. Probably best summed up in the wise words of the late, great Paul Nunn who declared: 'A shale-built slag-heap of inveterately crumbling rubble.' The face is only probably comparatively safe after several days of hard frost and cloud cover has prevented the sun from appearing. The routes are therefore normally climbed, on the scarce occasions they are, under winter conditions.

Approach notes

Access is via the disused section of the A625 that runs past the base of the hill. The crag is gained in less than 10 mins.

Pretty confusing route list with umpteen versions of Mam Tor Gully - Their are 3 shallow scoops left of the obvious gully - Blue John Rib is the right bounding rib of the gully, the first scoop right is Central Route, the second scoop is Hari Kari, next right is the Third Scoop (also called The Weetabix Tradmill in Over The Moors). See Colin Wells topo photo here.
steveb2006 - 13/Feb/15
Climbed Mam Tor with my brother, Bo, on 31/10/05. Went up the gully in dry summer conditions, nothing more than a stiff grassy scramble. The gully is wet and slippy but once the grassy ramps are gained it becomes very easy. Although it is less scary than it looks though it is LANDSLIPPING so could all fall at any moment. Just avoid it in rain or on Sundays + Bank Holidays when the hill is swarming with gawping tourists and park rangers.
jake robertson - 16/Nov/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Mam Tor Left HandI/II **20
2Mam Tor GullyI/II 152
3Mam tor gully (summer conditions)3 22
4Mam Tor right-hand *I/II 15
5Blue John Rib *III **18
6Central Face *III 8
7Mam Tor Gully Direct *II/III 17
8Left-hand Rib *II 6
9Central Rib *III 4 3
10The Girdle Traverse (Crab Crawl!) *I *4
11The Third Scoop *II/III 2 **5
12Mam Tor (summit) *
summit 170
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