The Yule Log(book) - A Christmas Ticklist

© Mike Hutton

Desperate not to let the Christmas period interrupt your climbing plans? For those of you who can escape the dinner table and resist festive over-indulgence, try out this Christmas-themed UKC ticklist (Storm Barbara permitting...): Dear Santa, created by UKC user Sparrowmonkey. The most popular (UK-only) climbs based on logbook ascents are listed below. How many have you done?

Santa spotted sport climbing at Marin  © Mike Hutton
Santa spotted sport climbing at Marin
© Mike Hutton

1. Christmas Crack HS 4a (Stanage) 3 Stars

The most popular choice of all, with 4,217 ascents in the UKC logbooks...and more to come in the next few days, no doubt. Bring a jacket for the queue and your best Santa suit!

Rockfax Description

This long straight crack is a must; mild for the grade, but sustained. Climb a V-groove to the crack and follow it with pleasure. The final leaning corner is awkward and there is also an exposed alternative out left. The only route in the Peak where you will be queuing every 25th December come hail or shine! © Rockfax

Christmas Crack on Christmas Day! o/
© highaltitudebarista, Dec 2014

2. Christmas Curry S 4a (Tremadog) 3 Stars

Spice up your Christmas with a multipitch route...

Rockfax Description

75m, 4 pitches. A much-ascended classic taking the easiest line up Plum Buttress. © Rockfax

Christmas Curry, Tremadog
© Gooders

3. Holly Groove VS 4c (Froggatt)

Rockfax Description


The slippery twin cracks in the groove - the holly has long gone. Start up the left one, step into the right for a couple of steep moves, then finish up a wide easy chimney. © Rockfax

Snowy Froggatt  © Morwood
Snowy Froggatt
© Morwood, Feb 2012

4. Creeping Jesus HVS 5a (Shepherd's Crag) 2 Stars

A Shepherd's crag classic, tough for the grade.

Fishers Folly Buttress, Shepherd's Crag, Borrowdale, Cumbria
© Dave Berry, Aug 2002

5. Gabriel M (Stanage Plantation)

Short but sweet...

Rockfax Description


The central crack is as mild as they come. © Rockfax

Ever thought what Santa does on his days off?
© chumleywarner, Dec 2009

Busy Lizzie's Christmas tree, 2013
© BusyLizzie, Dec 2013

Merry Christmas from the UKC Team!

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23 Dec, 2016
24 Dec, 2016
Might nip out to Stanage if the weather is nice but definitely won't be queuing to get on routes with 'Christmas' in the name.
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