Black Crag (Borrowdale)

Climbs 49 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 260m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Classic Borrowdale climbing! Two main buttresses, north buttress on the left and south buttress on the right. Home to the deservedly popular troutdale pinnacle (s). Other classics include the shroud (vs), the mortician (hvs), troutdale pinnacle superdirect (hvs), raindrop (e1), prana (e3) and grand alliance (e4).

Approach notes
Twenty minute walk from parking in laybys just south of the Leathes Head Hotel.

Lake District Rock (2003), Borrowdale (2000),
Out of print: Borrowdale (1990)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2The MoleVS 5a 3
3Ashes to AshesE1 5b * 
4Ashes to Ashes - Original StartVS 1
5One Foot in the GraveVS 4b 1
6The GravestoneVS 4b 3
7High Plains DrifterE2 5c 4
8MoonrakerVS 4c *8
9The WreathMVS 4a 16
10The CoffinVS 4b **72
11Jubilee GroovesE1 5b **94
12Romeo ErrorE2 5c 2
13The ShroudVS 4c **329
14Girdle TraverseVS 5a **5
15Grand AllianceE4 6a ***119
16Up for GrabsE3 6b ** 
17TristarE4 6a *5
18VertigoE2 5c **40
19Astral WeeksE3 6a *4
20The LastestHVS 5a *10
21PranaE3 5c ***148
23TriptychE1 5b *6
24The Dice ManHVS 5a * 
25WaspE2 5c 1
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I imagine this is a great crag during the warmer months, however it seeps rather a lot at this time of year and we were unable to complete troutdale pinnacle due to this.
staceyjg - 07/Nov/11
Large block fell off during an ascent of Gleaned Groove today, uprooting trees and leaving a path of destruction, other climbs may be affected
Ellie79 - 22/Jun/11
Troutdale Pinnacle ? Possibly my one enduring love (wife and daughters excepted). First climbed this crag in 1961. In the following decade must have climbed it fifty or more times, solo and with a string. Not too difficult - but what a delight in its variety of situations - and that 'Thank God' hold - just where most needed. A fabulous piece of climbing and recommended to everyone. Put it top of your wish list. It's what 'real' rockclimbing was meant to be.
bergalia - 02/Apr/07
get to it mid week or an early start, or on a week climb prepare to queue for tdp. the mortician is a smashing route with a very techy start to the second pitch. on the third pitch do the finger traverse, well worth the effort and easyer than it looks.
IanJackson - 16/Jul/06
"We climbed Troutdale Pinnacle on a lovely sunny day and seemed to be the only people there" theres seems to be a constant stream of people on tdp and never anyone on any of the other three star routes. The Mortician is v.good.
johni - 02/Aug/05
We climbed Troutdale Pinnacle on a lovely sunny day and seemed to be the only people there - much quieter than Shepherds Crag. It's a really enjoyable climb with stunning views and an easy walk in.
Roo - 25/Jun/03