Dow Crag

Climbs 143 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 778m a.s.l – Faces E

Crag features
Mainly long routes up to 100m in a superb mountain setting. Notoriously chilly even when the sun is shining! Classics - Arete Chimney and Crack(MS), Abraxas(E3), Eliminate A(VS), Giants Crawl(D), Nimrod(E1), Holocaust(E4), Tumble(E4), Catacomb (E1), Pink Panther(E2), Leopards Crawl(HVS), Murrays Direct(VS), Murrays Route(S), Close to Critical (E4), Pandora's Box (E5), Shining Path(E5), Paths of Victory(E6), C Ordinary(D), Hopkinsons Crack(HS).

Access notes
Park in the carpark at the top of the tarmaced section of the Walna Scar road - it's no longer permissible to drive any further. 45 mins to 1 hour steady uphill walk. (Quick access for a Lakes mountain crag)
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Dow, Duddon & Slate (1993)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 EASY BUTTRESS 
2Woodhouse's CrackD
3Slingsby's Pinnacle South East RouteM
4Slingsby's Pinnacle North West RouteVD
5Blasphemy CrackVS
6The GeekVS 4c
7Easy GullyM
8Easy GullyII *
9Easy Gully Right BranchIII
 A BUTTRESS 
11Easy RakeI
12Crock's CrawlVD
13LemontydeHVS 5a
14Abrahams RouteM
15Trident RouteHS 4b *
16Necklace RouteHS 4b *
17Arete, Chimney and CrackS 3c **
18Arête, Chimney and CrackV 5 ***
19Gordon and Craig's RouteS 3c **
20Southern CircuitMVS 4b
21The BalrogE2 5c *
22AbracadabraE5 6a *
23AbraxasE3 5c **
24IsengardHVS 5b **
25Samba Pa TiE2 5b **
26Eliminate 'A'VS 4c ***
27SilenceE2 5c
28Brocklebank VariationE3 6a
29Side WalkE2 5b ***
30North WallVS
31Great GullyVD
32Great GullyIV 5
33Great Gully - Traverse and Slab VariationIV 5
 B BUTTRESS (UPPER SECTION) 
35Easy TerraceII *
36Broadrick's RouteHS 4a *
37Broadrick's DirectVS 4a *
38Broadrick's CrackHS 4b *
39Giant's CrawlD **
40Giant's CrawlIV 4
41Misty Mountain HopE3 6a *
42NimrodE1 5c ***
43Four SticksE3 5c
44GenocideE4 6b *
45HolocaustE4 6a ***
46TumbleE4 6a ***
47Pandora's BoxE5 6b **
48CatacombE1 5b ***
49Security RiskE4 6a
50Another Fine MessE4 6a
51Hyacinth RouteHS
 B BUTTRESS (LOWER SECTION) 
53Giant's CornerS 3c *
54The Issel RoofE2 6a
55Pink PantherE2 5c ***
56Leopard;s CrawlHVS 5a **
57Ildi KissE3 6a
58TarkusE1 5b **
59RoughE4 6a
60Murray's DirectVS 4c ***
61Free FlightE5 6b *
62AstrakhanE2 5c
63Born FreeE1 5b
64Murray's Super DirectE2 5b **
65EliminatorE1 5b
66Murray's RouteS 4a ***
67The Simian ExitHS
68B Buttress VariationsE1 5b *
69Rock It To RussiaE1 5b
70MadamHVS 5a
71PortfolioE1 5c *
72Abraham's RouteHS 4a *
73Eliminate BHVS 5a *
74Second TestE2 5c
75Woodhouse's RouteVD *
76Woodhouse's RouteIV 5 **
77Woodhouse's Route Variation FinishHS
78Woodhouse's AreteE6 6b *
79Pincher MartinE5 6a
80CriticalE6 6c *
81Close to CriticalE4 6b *
82Great Wall Variation FinishHS
83West Face RouteI
84The Shining PathE5 6b **
85Paths to VictoryE6 6c **
86HesperusE2 5c *
87Central ChimneyS 4a **
 C BUTTRESS 
89SiriusHVS 5a **
90Southern SlabsS 3c *
91'C' Ordinary RouteD ***
92Ordinary Route CV 5 ***
93Hawk RouteS 3c *
94CharmerHVS 5a
95Eliminate 'C'VS 4c **
96Intermediate GullyMVS 4b *
97North GullyIII 4 *
98Broadrick's CrackVI 7 *
99Hopkinson's CrackVI 7 ***
 D BUTTRESS 
101Intermediate GullyVI 7 *
102'D' Ordinary RouteVD *
103Raven RouteS 3c *
104Murray's CrackHS 4b *
105Jones' RouteVD *
106Great Central RouteHVS 5b **
107The NorsemanE4 6a *
108Hopkinson's CrackHS 4a ***
109Easter RisingE2 5c *
110Black WallHVS 5a **
111AdharaE4 6a
112LazarusVD
113Branch ChimneyVD
114The CageHVS 5b
115SnibboMVS 4b
116North East ClimbVD
 EASTER GULLY (THE AMPITHEATRE) 
118Easter Gully - Scoop RouteIII *
119Cave PitchM
120Blizzard ChimneyD
121Private HighHVS 5a
122Blizzard RidgeMS
123South ChimneyD
124The ScoopM
125LevitationS
126National HeathE3 5c
127Dow Jones IndexE4 6a
128North WallHS
129Black ChimneyD
130Black ButtressS
 E BUTTRESS 
132Left Hand Route (Route 1)M
133GimliHS
134Winstanley's RouteMS
135Minor's RouteD
 NORTH GULLY 
137North Gully Ordinary RouteHS
138North Gully Broadrick's RouteHS
139High LifeE2 5b
140Gate CrasherE2 5b
141Acid HouseE4 6b
142Pete's PartyVS 4c
143Pete's Party Variation FinishVS 4c
144QuestVS 4b
145Real ChimneyM
146The Girdle TraverseVS 5a
147F buttressIII 3 *
148'A' OrdinaryE7 6c **
149E ButtressIII 3 **
150Dow Crag summitsummit
151Arette, Chimney And CrackMS
152Artful DodgerHVS 5a **
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Probably the best crag in the Lakes, it has classic routes at every grade. The notoriety that this crag is cold comes from those idiots who insist on starting their routes in shorts and t-shirts. Always carry (and wear!)an extra sweater.
Alan Phizacklea - 03/Oct/02