The Climbers Shop 60th Anniversary - Nuts of Legends

The Climbers Shop 60th Anniversary

"Nuts of Legends"

Rock climbing is at the very core of our business so this summer we want to share our passion for the vertical world of the Lake District in a unique treasure hunt where you can search for the "Nuts of Legends".

Since rock climbing as a sport developed in Wasdale in the 1880's, Lake District mountains and crags have played a key part in the history of our wonderful sport so what better way to celebrate 60 years of selling the finest climbing equipment than by teaming up with our friends at DMM, Scarpa and UK Climbing to offer you 60 opportunities to win your own little piece of climbing history. DMM have made us 60 limited edition Torque Nuts to give away, each one etched with our anniversary logo. You won't find these for sale in our shops, you won't find them available on our website, nor will you be able to simply click to enter this particular competition because in the spirit of our founders adventures, we have decided to make this competition a little more... sporting.

A Lake District sunset  © James Gibson
A Lake District sunset
© James Gibson

Lakeland climbing legends such as Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Angela Soper and James McHaffie have added their favourite routes to those we know that Frank Davies and Joe Brown climbed back in the day and with the help of the FRCC we have a fantastic list of traditional climbs that celebrate the unique and vibrant history of modern rock climbing across the Lake District. The full list offers a wide range of grades and routes and for five months until the end of September, a host of climbing legends will be placing the Climbers Shop Anniversary Torque Nuts either at the base or the top of a route on the list. Each nut will have a tag attached to it suggesting what you may want to do next…

Chris Bonnington holding a prized Blue Torque Nut  © Giles Brown
Chris Bonnington holding a prized Blue Torque Nut
© Giles Brown

The sixty of you lucky enough to find one of our blue Torque Nuts will be invited to send in a selfie along with the location you found it so that your details can then be entered in a grand draw. The prize will be something that money just can't buy – a priceless piece of mountain heritage in the form of a framed print of Scafell drawn by W Heaton-Cooper and used in the original Fell & Rock Climbing Club Scafell Climbing Guidebook first published in 1936. What makes it priceless? It will be signed by some of the greatest Lakeland climbers of all time.

The elusive blue Torque Nut  © The Climbers Shop
The elusive blue Torque Nut
© The Climbers Shop

From now until the 30th September the hunt is on. Not all Blue Nuts will be in place at the same time so be sure to check routes that you return to. Hints are highly likely to be published on The climbers Shop social media to help you in your search and updates of ones that have been found will be kept in our Ambleside shop.

Why not make this your summer of trad and take inspiration from some of the greatest British climbers of all time. Tackle some of the world's greatest lines, climb in the footsteps of legends and learn a profound respect for route descriptions involving words such as "bold" and "intimidating". Alternatively, visually appreciate the lines of the masters, acquire your blue Torque Nut (if you're lucky) and climb something well within whatever grade you choose to enjoy the vertical world.

Can you guess this one?  © Bryan Wakeley
Can you guess this one?
© Bryan Wakeley

Never climbed outdoors or fancy getting into trad? Make sure you sign up to our newsletter for details on two fantastic opportunities to learn from the best as we team up with British Mountain Guides from the International School of Mountaineering.

Grab a guidebook, get planning, join in the fun with #nutsoflegends and enjoy our wonderful sport, safely. (Please observe any bird bans as per the BMC RAD).

Here's a list of routes where you might find a prized Blue Torque Nut:

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Add Climb name Grade Height Crag name
 LANGDALE
Route 1VD **50m• 2Upper Spout Crag
The Gordian KnotVS 4c ***?White Ghyll
EliminotE2 5c ?White Ghyll
Laugh NotHVS 5b ***?White Ghyll
The Bracken-ClockE2 5c **?• 5Pavey Ark
Golden SlipperHVS 5a ***?Pavey Ark
AstraE2 5c ***?Pavey Ark
CapellaE1 5b ***?Pavey Ark
Rake End WallVS 4c ***?Pavey Ark
Middlefell ButtressD *75m• 3Raven Crag...
'A' RouteMS ***?Gimmer Crag
Gimmer StringE1 5b ***?Gimmer Crag
Whit's End DirectE1 5b ***?Gimmer Crag
The CrackVS 4c ***?Gimmer Crag
Kipling GrooveHVS 5a ***?Gimmer Crag
Fast BurnVII 8 ?Flat Crags
Bowfell ButtressVD ***110m• 4Bowfell
 DOW CRAG
Eliminate 'A'VS 4c ***?• 6Dow Crag
NimrodE1 5c ***?Dow Crag
TumbleE4 6a ***?Dow Crag
Murray's RouteS 4a ***?Dow Crag
 ESKDALE
Central PillarE2 5b ***?• 6Esk Buttress (Dow...
 SCAFELL
Central ButtressE1 5b **122m• 6Scafell Crag
Lost HorizonsE4 6b ***?Scafell East...
The Lord of the RingsE2 5c ***340m• 14Scafell East...
Moss Ghyll GroovesMVS 4c ***79m• 4Scafell Crag
Jone's Route Direct from Lord's RakeHS 4a **?Scafell Crag
Botterill's SlabVS 4c ***87m• 3Scafell Crag
SaxonE2 5c ***?Scafell Crag
 GREAT GABLE
Tophet WallHS 4a ***75m• 4The Napes
The Wasdale CrackHS ***17m• 2The Napes
Engineer's SlabsVS 4c ***60m• 2Gable Crag
 PILLAR
New West ClimbVD ***?Pillar
Pillar Rock, The Old West Route3 ***?Pillar
Walker's GullyMVS 4c ***?Pillar
Eagle FrontVS 4c ***150m• 8Eagle Crag...
Dexter WallVS 4c ***?Grey Crag...
SamsonHVS 5a **?High Crag
 BORROWDALE
Dry GraspE4 6a ***?Upper Falcon Crag
GuillotineE3 5c ***?Reecastle Crag
Penal ServitudeE5 6b ***?Reecastle Crag
Fool's ParadiseVS 4c ***110m• 5Gowder Crag
Fishers FollyVS 4c ***?Shepherd’s Crag
Little ChamonixVD ***70m• 4Shepherd’s Crag
AdamVS 5a ***?Shepherd’s Crag
ArdusMVS 4b ***40m• 3Shepherd’s Crag
AarosE1 5b ***?Shepherd’s Crag
Troutdale PinnacleS ***105m• 6Black Crag...
Bleed In HellE8 6c ***?Bowderstone Crag
Bitter OasisE4 5c ***?Goat Crag,...
Tumbleweed ConnectionE2 5c ***?Goat Crag,...
Footless CrowE5 6c ***?Goat Crag,...
Gillercombe ButtressS 3c **?Gillercombe
Lakeland CragsmanHVS 5a ***45mSergeant Crag Slabs
CorvusD ***?Raven Crag, Combe...
 EASTERN CRAGS
Dovedale GrooveE1 5b **?Dove Crag (Dovedale)
The FangMVS 4a ***40m• 2Gouther Crags
Truss ButtressVD **38mGouther Crags
 EDEN VALLEY
FlashermanVS 4c ***?Armathwaite
58 Es
161 stars
1,613m,
129 pitches

Thanks to DMM and Scarpa for sponsoring this competition.

Thanks to the FRCC who have offered invaluable help with the historic elements of route choice  © The Climbers Shop
Thanks to the FRCC who have offered invaluable help with the historic elements of route choice
© The Climbers Shop

We are proud to support Community Action Nepal as part of this competition  © The Climbers Shop
We are proud to support Community Action Nepal as part of this competition
© The Climbers Shop

Photo Gallery

Found the nut beloe Lakeland Cragsman!

Found the nut beloe Lakeland Cragsman!
© joe.91

In the right place at the right time! Met Paul Casey at the base of Saxon preparing for a day on Sca Fell Crag.

In the right place at the right time! Met Paul Casey at the base of Saxon preparing for a day on Sca Fell Crag.
© George Chapman

Found!

Found!
© Joe Browns/The Climbers Shop

Found!

Found!
© Joe Browns/The Climbers Shop

Found - and left - underneath a route on White Ghyll (I didn’t deserve to win!)

Found - and left - underneath a route on White Ghyll (I didn’t deserve to win!)
© Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

Matt Joynson ledge at top of 2nd pitch of Rake End Wall.  Pleased having found this ‘Nut of Legends’

Matt Joynson ledge at top of 2nd pitch of Rake End Wall. Pleased having found this ‘Nut of Legends’
© Andy Joynson

The prized blue torque nut

The prized blue torque nut
© Joel Miller

Find the blue torque nut at Shepherd's Crag

Find the blue torque nut at Shepherd's Crag
© Joel Miller

Chris Bonnington holding a prized Blue Torque Nut

Chris Bonnington holding a prized Blue Torque Nut
© Giles Brown


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