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Danby Crag

North Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 80 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 197m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Danby crag has sprong from nowt to stake its claim as Moors crag de premiere. It is, quite literally, well good. A large crag it be too, with out-crop-esque to the west and big, fat agressive buttri to the east. Draw de Top aretes, scoops, walls and little finger, long figure masterpieces. It's a crag that loves you, if you don't approach it with a sack full of cliches about what a dump it is. Quite simply:

The best lines you've ever seen everywhere you look!

The crag should be given a day to dry out after heavy rain, but often the exposed buttresses (particularly the aretes) can be dry within hours. Some light brushing may be needed if venturing off the beaten track.

Many of the VDiffs to the west of the crag are quite stiff, but well worthwhile. Chimney and Wall (Severe**), Valiant (HVS 5a***) and Osiris (HVS 5a**) are the classic mid-grade routes of the crag and great outings. There is then a bit of a jump in grades, with 'Palma Ham' (E2 6b), 'Stalin' (E3 5b**)'The Jungle drum' (E3 5c**), 'The Polish Diplomat' (E5 6b*), 'the Otter wilderness route' (E6 6b**), 'The Breaking Wheel (E5 6c)' and the Chocolate Moose (E4 6b**) offering a great day out in the mid extremes. The Hypocrisy of Moose (H8 6c***) was the only harder route at the crag to have been led, but has now been joined by 'Howl Psyche' (E7 6b**), Die By The Sword (H7 6c*) and 'The Battle For Tripoli'(E6 6a*) (all on the same buttress). In 2013, Psykovsky's Sequins (H8/9 7a) was added, which bends the mind almost as much as it bends the fingers.

Perhaps with time a great surge of routes upto and beyond H9 will come, certainly many of the current projects are of a superb quality. The Mono Wall offers an exceptional crux in a dangerous position, whilst the Wangledoodle Wall is relatively safe, but sustained with many hard moves. At the other end of the scale is the blunt arete, which is just one utterly desperate slabby move above a bad fall. Beyond that are the realms of the truly futuristic lines- things like the impossible arete direct, that is incomprehensible at the moment. In any case there are projects in every style really and a lot will be 2 or even 3 stars.

A small amount of good quality bouldering is also available, with more to be developed. A couple of boulder problems of particular note are 'The Chocolqte Moose' and 'The Effervescent Pheasant', which are some of the best problems in the North York Moors.

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Out of print: North East England (2003), North York Moors (1985)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
2King of the SwingersHVS 5a *2
3The Jungle DrumE3 5c **5
4The Polish DiplomatE5 6b *2
6Barrel Highball Proj.E7 6c?  
8Aerial GullyVD 1
9OsirisHVS 5a **2
10Osiris GrooveE6 6a?  
12StalinE2 5b *2
13RooseveltVS 4c **1
15The Crack ProjectE8 7a? * 
16The Wangledoodle WallE10 7b? ***1
17Impossible Arete ProjectE11 7b? *** 
19PortcullisVS 5a *3
20Elysian FieldsE7 6a **1
22The Battle For TripoliE6 6a *3
23Howl PsycheE7 6b **1
24The Otter Wilderness RouteE6 6b **2
25The Hypocrisy Of MooseE8 6c ***3
26BastileHS 4b * 
27Die By The SwordE7 6c *2
28The Effervescent Pheasantf6C ***2
30SodomS 1
31Beacon GrooveD 2
 Climb nameGradex
32Valiant Arete Projectnone 6c?  
33ValiantVS 5a ***13
34Dance Of The TranceE7 7a 1
35Psykovsky's SequinsE10 7a 3
36Chimney and WallHS 4a **15
37Frowning ButtressE8 7b?  
39Rump De Stump ProjectE9 6c? 2
40Bracken CornerD 1
41TendrilVD 2
42Creeper WallVD **5
43NemesisVS 4c 2
44The Breaking WheelE5 6c 1
45Alcove Wall ProjectE6 6b *** 
46Vulcan Arete ProjectE7 6c? ***1
47VulcanVS 4c *1
48Fly AgaricE9 7a 3
49Chocolate MooseE4 6b **7
50Palma Hamf6C 2
51Marine Band Traversef6C *1
52Vulcan Bloc Aretef6B+ **2
54GenevieveD 1
55Birch CrackVD 6
56Broken ChimneyHD 4
57Mood IndigoVD **11
58Castle CrackVD 4a 1
59Castle RidgeVS 4c **12
60Castle ChimneyD *13
61Powerslave *VS 4c **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access notes
Up to three cars can be parked at the bend on the minor road at GR739068,

otherwise park just inside the gate of the track leading up to Head

House farm.

Approach the crag on the bridleway & cross the wall by the stile

above the crag.

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Great Crag for the Severe leader, the VS/HVS leader; the E4/5 leader and the E7 leader. There are some brill lines on good rock and more ready for the taking. Some routes might need a quick brush, but they tend to clean up quite quickly and it drys very fast, which is odd for a north facer in trees...
Franco Cookson - 29/Sep/11

Once a disappointing crag, lacking in routes over HVS and a general feeling of neglect, it is quickly becoming an extensive and quality crag. Some of the original strong lines; Valiant, Portcullis, Osiris and Vulcan provide excellent climbing and the area is host to many newly developed routes and FA's too. Jungle Drum (E4 6a) and The Hypocrisy of Moose (E7) are brilliant climbs, comparable to many of the classic lines on Gritstone. The crag now boasts a slab climb too, 'Palma Ham' E2 6a which can be bouldered out at a high Font 6c and the nearby 'Chocolate Moose' (E4) can be bouldered at a highball font 6c+. Still plenty to do and the routes are worthy of repeats. Get to it!
Dave Warburton - 16/Aug/11