Climbs 59
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 359m a.s.l
Faces all

Conan the Librarian on Mother Cap, one very early morning before work. © Simon Richardson

Crag features

A nicely weathered 8m high tor and a fairly insignificant quarry in the moorland above Surprise View. Good but limited 'extended bouldering' on the tor where the best route is Conan the Librarian (E3 6b). The quarry's claim to fame is one of the smallest E5s on grit, Just Done IT! (E5 6c), 6m long.

Approach notes

Park or alight at Surprise View car park, between the Fox House Inn and Hathersage on the A625 at SK 253801 and head uphill. The quarry is passed as the path levels out, Mother Cap is not far behind (10 min).


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Mother Cap Quarry 
2Mother GoosedV8 **1
3Flat Cap
V5 11
4Andy Capp
V5 2
5Dog Brush
V3 2
6Mother Cap Quarry Crack Left-HandHVS 5a 2
7Mother Cap Quarry Crack Right-HandVS 4c 1
8In the Night Every Cap is Black
V7 **2
9Night Cap
V4 4
10Slab Far Left of Diagonal CrackV0+  
11Slab Left of Diagonal CrackV0  
12Diagonal CrackD  
13Wall Right of Diagonal CrackVB  
14Just Done It
E5 6c  
15Live Mountain Rescue TV
E5 6c  
 Mother Cap Quarry Boulder 
17Left ArÍte
V4 1
18Right ArÍte
V4 2
19Right Wall
V5 1
 Mother Cap 
21Blue Cap
HVS 5a *47
22Blue Cap Start
V0+ *27
23Elf Cap
E2 6a *7
24Elf Cap Start
V3 2
25Oyster Cap
E2 5c *26
26Oyster Cap Start
V2 *24
V8 **34
28Conan the Librarian
V4 **382
29Thin Wall
V3 26
30Milk CapV0- 142
31Ink Cap
V0- 91
32Flat Cap
V0+ 9
33Dutch CapV1 *13
34Easy CapV0- 9
35Mother's Cap Back WallV0+ 8
36Mama-MiaV0 *13
37Baby's Traverse
V0 *8
38Mother's RuinV7 2
 Mother's Pet Rock 
40Mother's Pet ArÍte
V4 * 
41The Blue Whale
V4 11
42OrcaV9 *1
V9 * 
44Mother's Pride
V8 **2
45Pet Cemetery
V7 **16
46Pet Cemetry - Ahab LinkV6 **21
V2 39
48Mother's Pet Traverse
V7 *2
49Mother's Pet Long Traverse
V8 ** 
50Top Shelf Mantel
V6 *2
V3 31
52Moby Sit Start
V6 13
53Proper Grit
V5 *8
54Pets Win Prizes
V7 *6
55Mini Mother
V3 *4
56Mother Rib LeftV1 *2
57Mother Rib RightV1 * 
58PNC *f7A+ 1
59Capoeira *f7A+ 1
60Caps Lock *f7A 1
61Left Wall *f6A+ 1
62Mantel Arete *f6A 1
63Roundy Wall *f6B 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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