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Black Crag (Borrowdale)

Cumbria, ENGLAND

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).

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

Weather forecast

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1.5mm rain
7 °C
19 kph

0.0mm rain
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12 °C
19 kph

24.0mm rain
Mainly cloudy
11 °C
25 kph

12.8mm rain
10 °C
26 kph

3.9mm rain
Mainly cloudy
9 °C
24 kph
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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
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 *7
9The WreathMVS 4a 16
10The CoffinVS 4b **65
11Jubilee GroovesE1 5b **85
12Romeo ErrorE2 5c 2
13The ShroudVS 4c **310
14Girdle TraverseVS 5a **5
15Grand AllianceE4 6a ***113
16Up for GrabsE3 6b ** 
17TristarE4 6a *5
18VertigoE2 5c **37
19Astral WeeksE3 6a *4
20The LastestHVS 5a *9
21PranaE3 5c ***138
23TriptychE1 5b *6
24The Dice ManHVS 5a * 
25WaspE2 5c  
 Climb nameGradex
26Obituary GroovesVS 4c **113
27Tumbling DiceE2 5c *9
28The MorticianHVS 5a ***288
29Black Crag EliminateE1 5b **25
30Roach Clip - variation finish to Black Crag EliminateHVS 5b  
31The MortuaryE1 5a *10
32Troutdale Pinnacle DirectVS 4c ***281
33Troutdale Pinnacle SuperdirectHVS 5a ***377
34Troutdale PinnacleS ***1680
35Anaconda - variation finish to Troutdale PinnacleE1 5b 1
36WackE4 6b 2
37Bush DoctorE2 5c *5
38RaindropE1 5b ***353
39Cloudburst - variation finish to RaindropE2 5c 2
40Gleaned GroovesVS 4c *8
41Holly Tree CornerVS 4b **76
42Grip FactorHVS 5a 3
43Silent SunE2 5b *6
44Troutdale RidgeMVS 4b *66
45The GroanVS 4
46FrenzyE1 5a 2
47Troutdale GullyVD 6
48Troutdale GullyIII  
49Ashley SlabVD 4
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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