830m, 5 pitches. The Lake District is not blessed with many decent scrambling ridges, but Sphinx Ridge is definitely a good'un. Climbers on The Napes often use it as a descent route, but it is worthwhile in its own right too.

Quit the Traverse path just before reaching the buttress that backs The Sphinx and go carefully right up an unsafe scree gully. As soon as practical, move left onto the crest of Sphinx Ridge at a level pinnacled section. Climb a couple of airy pinnacles to reach a slabby rib, which is climbed in quite an exciting position until the difficulty forces you right. Foot traverse a narrow heathery ledge across the rib’s right flank to briefly re-enter the gully. From here just follow the upper crest, with discontinuous rocky sections where you can alter the line to suit your ability. The last (optional) obstacle is a steep wall with some suspect blocks, topped by a polished groove. Above this Sphinx Ridge merges with the unusual neck that forms the junction of all The Napes' ridges. Walk up the grassy crest.

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3 Star Scrambles - Northern Lakes, The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
philgillespie 21 Jun -
Mark Eddy 19 Jun -
Freshprintce 4 May Solo
Karl_Harrison 4 May Solo O/S
Hidden 4 May Solo rpt
TLitchfield 29 Apr Solo
Dravies 20 Apr AltLd
Tom McCabe 7 Apr Solo
Hidden 31 Dec, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17 Nov, 2018 Solo O/S
Alpenglow 27 Oct, 2018 Solo O/S
with NUMC, ChrisH89
with NUMC, ChrisH89
ChrisH89 27 Oct, 2018 Solo
Hidden 25 Aug, 2018 Solo
Swiss Tony 6 Aug, 2018 Solo
Sam Mercer 10 Jul, 2018 Solo
Hidden 1 Jul, 2018 Solo
bc44caesar 24 Jun, 2018 -
dwc 24 Jun, 2018 Solo O/S
jlury 10 Jun, 2018 Solo
with DaveyH
with DaveyH
Hidden 10 Jun, 2018 Solo
joegrainger 31 May, 2018 Lead
danny.b91020 28 May, 2018 Solo
Hidden 24 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 24 Mar, 2018 Solo
Hidden 5 Nov, 2017 Solo
Robert Bacon 9 Aug, 2017 Solo
with William Bacon
with William Bacon
Hidden 24 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden 22 Jun, 2017 Solo
John Kelly 17 Jun, 2017 Solo
ftocher 4 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S
Pete Barker 27 May, 2017 Solo
with Lizzie
with Lizzie
Mark Eddy 13 Apr, 2017 -
with Fenda
with Fenda
Fenda 13 Apr, 2017 -
A Reid 1 Apr, 2017 -
with Al
with Al
Hidden 13 Mar, 2017 -
Harry Ellis 13 Mar, 2017 - having traversed the Napes and threaded the Needle
with Toffle
having traversed the Napes and threaded the Needle
with Toffle
Tom.Priestley 25 Jan, 2017 Solo O/S In fell shoes, did the pitch behind the sphinx but thought it seemed hard for a grade 2 scramble.
In fell shoes, did the pitch behind the sphinx but thought it seemed hard for a grade 2 scramble.
noteviljoe 22 Jan, 2017 Solo
Pete_Mosely 22 Jan, 2017 Solo O/S
with Joe, yossarian714
with Joe, yossarian714
yossarian714 22 Jan, 2017 Solo O/S
JFT 5 Nov, 2016 Solo O/S With Bubb, Dukes & Chop
With Bubb, Dukes & Chop
ollyroberts 9 Oct, 2016 Solo
kato'sdad 9 Oct, 2016 Solo
Alfuller18 17 Sep, 2016 Solo
Hidden 17 Sep, 2016 Solo
fromsinkingships 6 Aug, 2016 Solo O/S
Zoomer 21 Jul, 2016 Lead O/S Excellent scrambling if sticking directly to the arête. Guiding two students.
with A Student
Excellent scrambling if sticking directly to the arête. Guiding two students.
with A Student
Hidden 3 Jul, 2016 Solo O/S
philgillespie 11 Jun, 2016 Lead Led the pitch behind the sphinx in the pouring rain then moved together for the rest, made a great evening out.
Led the pitch behind the sphinx in the pouring rain then moved together for the rest, made a great evening out.
George Milligan 29 May, 2016 Solo O/S
with Jamie Lawson, Michael Haywood
with Jamie Lawson, Michael Haywood
jenmcfall 16 May, 2016 Solo O/S
with Steve Wood, annastudholme
with Steve Wood, annastudholme
NatCheeseman 23 Apr, 2016 -
with Ben Knudson
with Ben Knudson
Hidden 23 Apr, 2016 Solo O/S
Allanfairfechan ??, 2016 AltLd
with Mike Hendry et al, Steve Davis
with Mike Hendry et al, Steve Davis
D.botts87 ??, 2016 -
mattguy ?Oct, 2015 Solo
ipfreely 7 Sep, 2015 Solo Via the vdiff start, taking the gully to the right (original route) would have taken away from the route.
Via the vdiff start, taking the gully to the right (original route) would have taken away from the route.
Hidden 3 Sep, 2015 -
Wesley Orvis 8 Aug, 2015 Solo Direct from behind the Sphinx first pitch more like vdiff
Direct from behind the Sphinx first pitch more like vdiff
sammyblack 5 Jul, 2015 2nd
Hidden 5 Jul, 2015 -
atthedropofahat 5 Jul, 2015 Lead O/S As Dan Bailey's book suggests the climbing directly behind the sphinx warrants diff and was exciting, scrambling up the chossy gully to the right would have been far less fun.
As Dan Bailey's book suggests the climbing directly behind the sphinx warrants diff and was exciting, scrambling up the chossy gully to the right would have been far less fun.
carlh 5 Jul, 2015 -
with scott44
with scott44
Fentonio 30 May, 2015 Solo O/S
with Ben Brady
with Ben Brady
church465 27 May, 2015 Solo O/S
with Dave Kettle
with Dave Kettle
alexporter 23 May, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 23 May, 2015 -
robblowen 24 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S Fantastic day, shame visibility was zero!
Fantastic day, shame visibility was zero!
BMaybee 19 Apr, 2015 Solo
with roym
with roym
roym 19 Apr, 2015 Solo
with BMaybee
with BMaybee
Luke Jones 4 Apr, 2015 -
with bibbey
with bibbey
JSCB ??, 2015 -
Steve Woollard 28 Nov, 2014 Solo
13eachboy 14 Oct, 2014 Solo O/S
jonathandavey 20 Aug, 2014 Lead O/S Perhaps better treated as an easy climb? A long way to fall from the polished moves behind the sphinx!
Perhaps better treated as an easy climb? A long way to fall from the polished moves behind the sphinx!
Roger Cruse 4 Aug, 2014 Solo O/S
with Kris
with Kris
Jodgson 30 May, 2014 AltLd
jhobbs 29 Mar, 2014 Solo
with Ben Watson, tmelrose
with Ben Watson, tmelrose
Darkskys 30 Nov, 2013 - Sun beaming with clear skies, first move is quite exposed and it seems some have opted to use protection on this first part (nut stuck in the crack of the first move) after this everything is very straight forward.
Sun beaming with clear skies, first move is quite exposed and it seems some have opted to use protection on this first part (nut stuck in the crack of the first move) after this everything is very straight forward.
Mountain Llama 24 Nov, 2013 Solo
with Phil Wads
with Phil Wads
Hidden 10 Nov, 2013 Solo
Hidden 21 Sep, 2013 -
JdotP 21 Sep, 2013 AltLd O/S Rock soaked through and very poor visibility :) PS Is actually a pitch of VDiff and then scramble.
with Gordon, Crazy Dave
Rock soaked through and very poor visibility :) PS Is actually a pitch of VDiff and then scramble.
with Gordon, Crazy Dave
bat3man 26 Aug, 2013 -
sbc 6 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with joeym
with joeym
Hidden 7 Apr, 2013 Solo
Mark Eddy ??, 2013 - Working. This is a great way to finish after doing the climbers traverse. And for added interest include something on Westmorland crag too.
Working. This is a great way to finish after doing the climbers traverse. And for added interest include something on Westmorland crag too.
Humm1985 30 Dec, 2012 AltLd
Hidden 30 Dec, 2012 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Apr, 2010 Solo
Coops_13 20 Oct, 2009 Solo O/S
with Andy Cooper
with Andy Cooper
masa-alpin 25 Feb, 2006 Lead O/S After Climber's Traverse. Cracking day out!
with Adam Taffy, The Mountain Goat, gb83
After Climber's Traverse. Cracking day out!
with Adam Taffy, The Mountain Goat, gb83
Calum3610 ??, 2000 -
EddieA ?Feb, 1995 Solo O/S given Diff in Gable guide 1991
given Diff in Gable guide 1991
Iain Thow 31 Oct, 1980 Solo
with Rory Dutton, Paul Buchanan, Jack Ewing
with Rory Dutton, Paul Buchanan, Jack Ewing
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