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Back Tor (Edale)

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 5 – Rocktype Shale – Altitude 380m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Crag on the north side of Back Tor, similar to Mam Tor but shorter and much more stable! At its best in frozen conditions, although people have been known to climb here in summer, despite the copious loose rock, mud and vegetation. Back Tor Gully is the obvious central feature of the crag and goes at around grade II/III in winter and is highly conditions dependant due to the fickle nature of cold spells at this altitude in this location; a traditional summer grade of VDiff has been previously suggested although those expecting to employ traditional climbing techniques during its ascent may be disappointed. The nebulous face to the right is made from a series of short but steep bands of shale overtopped with heather and moor-grass. This has traditionally been given the same grade but is actually harder (probably at least Severe/III/IV involving torquing cracks in winter). Further right again the angle eases slightly and one can work around steeper sections if necessary to pick lines at the desired grade.

Access notes
Approach from Castleton, Hope or Edale via various bridlepaths up to the Lose Hill-Mam Tor ridge. Edale approach is shortest, via path that runs past Backtor Farm - about 20 minutes. Others approaches ca. 30-40 minutes.

No access issues.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed 

2.5mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
10 kph

3.6mm rain
Sunny periods
16 °C
15 kph

0.1mm rain
Sunny periods
11 °C
14 kph

0.0mm rain
Sun
13 °C
9 kph

2.0mm rain
Sun
15 °C
13 kph
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More: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Peak District

Guidebooks
Over the Moors (2012), Scrambles in the Dark Peak (2012),
Out of print: Rock Climbing in thge Peak District (1987)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Back Tor ridgeII/III *14
2Back Tor GullyII/III 73
3Bucket FeetIII 4 *1
 Climb nameGradex
4The FaceIII 25
5Back Tor Gully (summer)3 *2
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