Slate Crag

Climbs 11 – Rocktype UNKNOWN – Altitude 715m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
This is an idyllic venue in good weather with great views and bivi spots below the crag near Yeastyrigg Gill. It gets all the sun there is from midday onwards. The crag seems to be dry after three rain-free days. The sections that stay wet longest have lines of blackish moss/lichen. The routes avoid these, and some climb narrow clean areas between them. As might be expected, there is some loose rock on ledges and the cliff-top. Most of the rock elsewhere on the routes is generally sound. Slug Balancer and Handlebar Club finish through a short, low-angled 'moustache' of dwarf juniper, however, the gear is good immediately under the moustache and the bushes themselves are tough. Single ptch routes up to 25m.

Approach notes
West of the summit of Bowfell. The crag is most logically reached from Langdale via Stool End Farm and The Band. From Three Tarns, contour WNW above Hart Crag, then NW to the crag. About one and a half hours.Crag is due to be included in the FRCC Duddon & Eskdale guide in 2015.

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
7Slug BalancerHS 4b *1
8Handlebar ClubHS 4b *2
9Mollusc JugglerS 4a *2
10Bulb's RouteVS 4b *1
11Cricket RouteVD *1
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Well worth the walk in. Views are superb. Although some of the routes are loose / dirty, they will improve with traffic, and towards the left end of the crag the rock quality improves loads. Go on a warm and sunny day with a picnic, absolutely perfect. Plenty loose rock around and plenty of moss too. Did a fair bit of cleaning whilst there and trundled a few blocks, many more to go though.
A Mountain Journey - 30/Jun/14