The Epicentre climbing shop in Ambleside have started an initiative that they hope will have a positive impact on Lakeland climbing.
The staff at The Epicentre are all experienced climbers and want to help drag some of the harder classic routes out of their vegetated state.
"In an attempt to drive a new wave of activity in the fells we are offering replacement pegs to anyone who has been cleaning a route and needs to replace old and dangerous in situ gear..."
Epicentre Staff member Callum on Dawes Rides A Shovel Head: E8 6c 2010
© The Epicentre, Feb 2011
Epicentre Staff member Woody on Warrior (White Ghyll) E5 6a 1993
© The Epicentre, Feb 2011 The Epicentre told UKC:
"In Ambleside at the moment there's a good vibe around the climbing scene. The new Ambleside wall is helping fuel enthusiasm, the "box" - Ambleside's old school wall at the University of Cumbria has been opening up some evenings and boards have been springing up in people's garages, kitchens and living rooms. With the days getting longer it is only a few weeks now until we can get out in the evenings.
At The Epicentre we are keen to see the harder routes on the Lakes mountain crags getting some of the attention they deserve and to try and recapture some of the vibrant scene that surrounded these routes in the late 80's and 90's. Continuing on from our winter conditions reports, our keen staff and climbing team members will give up-to-date conditions reports from the crags.
What's clean, what's dry, what the state of insitu gear is etc.
In an attempt to drive a new wave of activity in the fells we are offering replacement pegs to anyone who has been cleaning a route and needs to replace old and dangerous in situ gear.
We will also have a routes book at the shop where you can record what you've been up to and spread the word. So break out the lycra, dust off the retro head bands and go for it."