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Danby CragNorth Yorkshire, ENGLAND
Climbs 80 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 197m a.s.l – Faces N
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 'Stalin' (E3 5b**)'The Jungle drum' (E4 6a**), 'The Polish Diplomat' (E5 6b*), the Otter wilderness route (E5 6b**) 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).
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. One boulder problem of particular note is 'The Effervescent Pheasant', which is one of the best problems in the North York Moors.
Climbs at this crag
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
Approach the crag on the bridleway & cross the wall by the stile
above the crag.