This route takes in some of the most famous scenery in the Lake District. It starts out by traversing screes below Kern Knotts Crag before veering steeply up behind Napes Needle and traversing the base of the crags which hang high over Wasdale Head. Thread the Needle, then follow the polished line along the base of Eagle's Nest Ridge and Arrowhead Ridge.

Approaching from Wasdale traverse left below the high crags of Kern Knotts over rocky terrain. Continue over screes past Tophet Wall until the Needle appears prominently above you. At this point the scramble turns right up to the cleft right of the Needle, from here an easy but strenuous chimney takes you to the gap at back of the Needle.

A long and polished step down takes you to the start of the Climbers' Traverse. The traverse winds an obvious and natural line around the base of the crags, several short gully descents and rocky steps add interest. The route leads naturally into Sphinx Ridge.

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
rnotman67 6 Jul Solo
Mark Eddy 19 Jun -
TLitchfield 29 Apr Solo
Dravies 20 Apr Lead
Hidden 19 Apr Solo O/S
Tom McCabe 7 Apr Solo
manmike 2 Jan Solo rpt
Ste Ridd 2 Jan Solo
with manmike
with manmike
Hidden 31 Dec, 2018 AltLd O/S
matthop32 31 Dec, 2018 AltLd O/S
with DJM
with DJM
atthedropofahat 25 Nov, 2018 Solo rpt
sammyblack 25 Nov, 2018 Solo
Hidden 17 Nov, 2018 Solo O/S
Alpenglow 27 Oct, 2018 Solo O/S
with ChrisH89, NUMC
with ChrisH89, NUMC
ChrisH89 27 Oct, 2018 Solo
Hidden 5 Sep, 2018 -
Hidden 11 Jul, 2018 -
Sam Mercer 10 Jul, 2018 Solo
Samuel Wainwright 8 Jul, 2018 Solo
Hidden 1 Jul, 2018 Solo
dwc 24 Jun, 2018 Solo
bc44caesar 24 Jun, 2018 -
jlury 10 Jun, 2018 Solo
with DaveyH
with DaveyH
Hidden 10 Jun, 2018 Solo
danny.b91020 28 May, 2018 Solo
BMaybee 19 May, 2018 Solo
Geoff Pettitt 19 May, 2018 Solo O/S
with BMaybee
with BMaybee
MusicalMountaineer 6 May, 2018 Solo
Rory Southworth 6 May, 2018 -
fuzzysheep01 6 May, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 24 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 24 Mar, 2018 Solo
Flavio 11 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
JendeHoxar 11 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
with Flavio
with Flavio
Hidden 15 Feb, 2018 -
Hidden 18 Nov, 2017 -
Hidden 5 Nov, 2017 Solo
petegunn 2 Sep, 2017 Solo
Deezel65 31 Aug, 2017 Solo O/S
ipfreely 31 Aug, 2017 Solo As far as threading the needle in the wet
As far as threading the needle in the wet
Robert Bacon 9 Aug, 2017 Solo
with William Bacon
with William Bacon
Hidden 24 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
John Kelly 17 Jun, 2017 Solo
ftocher 4 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S
Wizzy ?Jun, 2017 Solo
Pete Barker 27 May, 2017 Solo
with Lizzie
with Lizzie
Mark Eddy 13 Apr, 2017 -
with Fenda
with Fenda
Fenda 13 Apr, 2017 -
13eachboy 4 Apr, 2017 Solo rpt
Hidden 3 Mar, 2017 Solo
Izaak ?Mar, 2017 Solo
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 Including threading the Needle; a dusting of snow made it quite slippery
Including threading the Needle; a dusting of snow made it quite slippery
JFT 5 Nov, 2016 Solo O/S Threaded the needle too with Bubb, Dukes & Chop
Threaded the needle too with Bubb, Dukes & Chop
Alfuller18 17 Sep, 2016 Solo
Hidden 17 Sep, 2016 Solo
Hidden 3 Sep, 2016 Solo O/S
petegunn 27 Jul, 2016 Solo Threaded the Needle
Threaded the Needle
Tony Jones 27 Jul, 2016 Solo
Zoomer 21 Jul, 2016 Lead O/S Great fun and an excellent way to recce the area. Guiding two students.
with A Student
Great fun and an excellent way to recce the area. Guiding two students.
with A Student
mikecollins 16 Jul, 2016 -
Lauradavies23 16 Jul, 2016 -
Hidden 3 Jul, 2016 Solo O/S
philgillespie 11 Jun, 2016 -
George Milligan 29 May, 2016 Solo O/S
with Jamie Lawson, Michael Haywood
with Jamie Lawson, Michael Haywood
Allanfairfechan ??, 2016 Solo
mattguy ?Oct, 2015 Solo
Wesley Orvis 19 Sep, 2015 -
Wesley Orvis 13 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 8 Sep, 2015 -
ipfreely 7 Sep, 2015 Solo Nice & simple in a great setting, the polished down climb been the crux if any thing
Nice & simple in a great setting, the polished down climb been the crux if any thing
Hidden 3 Sep, 2015 -
Wesley Orvis 8 Aug, 2015 Solo
Hidden 29 Jul, 2015 Solo
sammyblack 5 Jul, 2015 2nd
Hidden 5 Jul, 2015 Solo
atthedropofahat 5 Jul, 2015 Lead O/S
carlh 5 Jul, 2015 Solo
with scott44
with scott44
philgillespie 19 Jun, 2015 Solo
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
RuthW 24 May, 2015 Solo But skipped threading the needle to make it a grade 1!
But skipped threading the needle to make it a grade 1!
alexporter 23 May, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 23 May, 2015 -
BMaybee 19 Apr, 2015 Solo
with roym
with roym
roym 19 Apr, 2015 Solo
with BMaybee
with BMaybee
Steve Woollard 28 Nov, 2014 Solo
Hidden 16 Nov, 2014 Solo
Tobias Barthelmes 16 Nov, 2014 Solo
petegunn 16 Nov, 2014 Solo
jonathandavey 20 Aug, 2014 -
2RoyalAnglian 19 Aug, 2014 Solo A fantastic little route with great views in all directions! Who says that you always have to summit a mountain to have a great mountain day!
A fantastic little route with great views in all directions! Who says that you always have to summit a mountain to have a great mountain day!
Roger Cruse 4 Aug, 2014 Solo rpt
with Kris
with Kris
Wesley Orvis 18 May, 2014 -
Hidden 19 Apr, 2014 Solo
jhobbs 29 Mar, 2014 Solo
with Ben Watson, tmelrose
with Ben Watson, tmelrose
ed edwards 11 Jan, 2014 -
ClareSenny 11 Jan, 2014 -
Hidden ??, 2014 Solo O/S
Hidden 10 Nov, 2013 Solo
Wesley Orvis 18 Aug, 2013 Solo
jesss 24 Jul, 2013 Solo
Gav Parker 9 Jun, 2013 Solo
hils theaker ?Jun, 2013 Solo
tomdadom 11 May, 2013 Solo Raining hard, low cloud so threaded the needle only. Very slippery coming down!
with Rhys
Raining hard, low cloud so threaded the needle only. Very slippery coming down!
with Rhys
Matt Smith 4 May, 2013 Solo O/S
Hidden 7 Apr, 2013 Solo
Mark Eddy ??, 2013 Lead Work
Work
Humm1985 30 Dec, 2012 AltLd
Hidden 30 Dec, 2012 AltLd O/S
Wesley Orvis 18 Nov, 2012 Solo
Crowley6969 13 Oct, 2012 AltLd
with Chris easthall
with Chris easthall
Wesley Orvis 12 Aug, 2012 Solo
Hidden 25 Jun, 2012 Solo O/S
Wesley Orvis 5 Jun, 2012 Lead was wet and slippery so roped up for threading the needle and missed Sphinx Ridge due to having no friction between me and the rock went up the scree and summited
was wet and slippery so roped up for threading the needle and missed Sphinx Ridge due to having no friction between me and the rock went up the scree and summited
Hidden 28 Apr, 2012 Solo O/S
MaccMark 8 Apr, 2012 - Very wet day, so just threaded the Needle & abbed off. The rock was so slick/slipper we decided Sphinx Ridge was worth it. The moss had the best grip. Atmospheric place!
with Mat Ouillion
Very wet day, so just threaded the Needle & abbed off. The rock was so slick/slipper we decided Sphinx Ridge was worth it. The moss had the best grip. Atmospheric place!
with Mat Ouillion
Simonpeel ?Mar, 2012 -
sjbrook 19 Nov, 2011 Solo O/S Threaded the Needle and Climbers Traverse, left sphinx ridge for another day.
Threaded the Needle and Climbers Traverse, left sphinx ridge for another day.
Ryan on the rocks 19 Nov, 2011 Solo
with sjbrook
with sjbrook
Tarquin 13 Nov, 2011 -
with Louvet
with Louvet
Louvet 13 Nov, 2011 -
with Tarquin
with Tarquin
Hidden 5 Nov, 2011 -
Hidden 25 Oct, 2011 Solo
manmike 22 Oct, 2011 Solo
Ste Ridd 22 Oct, 2011 Solo
with manmike
with manmike
Frostie 19 Aug, 2011 Solo
with Tammy
with Tammy
Hidden 5 Aug, 2011 -
mheyes101 5 Aug, 2011 -
Only a hill 13 Jul, 2011 Solo
petegunn 3 Jul, 2011 Solo
Hidden 3 Jul, 2011 Solo
Donald Kelly 10 Jun, 2011 Solo
with Daria, John F PMC, Andy PMC
with Daria, John F PMC, Andy PMC
ralphio ?Jun, 2011 Solo
sjbrook 14 May, 2011 Solo O/S
with PMC
with PMC
Dave Richards 14 May, 2011 Solo O/S Did not thread the needle this time, just the traverse to Sphinx Ridge.
with PMC
Did not thread the needle this time, just the traverse to Sphinx Ridge.
with PMC
annastudholme ?May, 2011 -
annastudholme ?May, 2011 -
annastudholme ?May, 2011 -
Hidden 19 Mar, 2011 Solo
Mayaculpa 12 Dec, 2010 -
with Eamon Hanlon, Gabi Smallbone
with Eamon Hanlon, Gabi Smallbone
tonymw 16 Nov, 2010 Solo O/S
with Mick Chapman
with Mick Chapman
Shaw Brown 11 Sep, 2010 Solo A very wet day with the KMC. Good fun.
A very wet day with the KMC. Good fun.
petegunn 22 Aug, 2010 Solo
with Steve, Davinamo
with Steve, Davinamo
Hidden 22 Aug, 2010 Solo
bigrob 19 Aug, 2010 Solo
with harri honan
with harri honan
Hidden 15 Aug, 2010 -
jmarshall 7 Aug, 2010 - a very wet day
with ben knowles
a very wet day
with ben knowles
Mario Sciacca ?Jul, 2010 Solo
trish1968 12 Jun, 2010 Solo
mountainpunk 5 Jun, 2010 Solo
Hidden 5 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
Hidden ?Apr, 2010 Solo
markhammonds 28 Nov, 2009 -
richardt 8 Nov, 2009 Solo
A Reid 8 Nov, 2009 -
Hidden 28 Oct, 2009 Solo O/S
Coops_13 20 Oct, 2009 Lead O/S
with Andy Cooper
with Andy Cooper
hoyle118 11 Jul, 2009 Solo O/S
with Dad
with Dad
stix ?Jul, 2009 Solo
Hidden 15 Apr, 2009 Solo β
petegunn 19 Mar, 2009 Solo
Hidden 19 Mar, 2009 Solo
Rob Hirst ?Dec, 2008 Solo O/S
with Mark Ross
with Mark Ross
tony wood ?Dec, 2008 Solo perfect winters day
perfect winters day
gazb 8 Nov, 2008 Solo
Liam Martin 8 Nov, 2008 Solo O/S
with gazb, Felix
with gazb, Felix
jaswa 16 Oct, 2008 - in the pouring rain!
with Mark Ruocco, Mike Haydock
in the pouring rain!
with Mark Ruocco, Mike Haydock
manmike 24 May, 2008 AltLd
with karly54
with karly54
Hidden 22 Mar, 2008 Solo
Hidden 27 Jan, 2008 Solo
Hidden ?Jan, 2008 Solo
petegunn ?Jan, 2008 Solo
petegunn ??, 2008 Solo
with Spurling, Davinamo
with Spurling, Davinamo
Hidden ??, 2008 Solo
chris m fisher 17 Dec, 2007 Solo
Hidden ?Nov, 2007 Solo O/S
Hidden 13 Sep, 2007 Solo
mark20 23 Aug, 2007 Solo O/S Traverse from below White Napes Ridge, threading the needle and round to Sty Head Tarn.
Traverse from below White Napes Ridge, threading the needle and round to Sty Head Tarn.
Mark Walter 20 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??, 2007 -
JamieForman ?Sep, 2006 -
with Helen
with Helen
Nigel Bond 18 May, 2006 Solo
masa-alpin 25 Feb, 2006 Lead O/S Moved together. Followed by Sphinx Ridge. Patches of snow were on the ground but they weren't a problem. We enjoyed the great scramble under the blue sky. Finally we topped out to Great Gabel in blizzard on hard-snow on the ground. Cracking day out!!
with Adam Taffy, The Mountain Goat, gb83
Moved together. Followed by Sphinx Ridge. Patches of snow were on the ground but they weren't a problem. We enjoyed the great scramble under the blue sky. Finally we topped out to Great Gabel in blizzard on hard-snow on the ground. Cracking day out!!
with Adam Taffy, The Mountain Goat, gb83
Hidden 7 May, 2005 Solo
petegunn 7 May, 2005 Solo
Hidden ?May, 2004 Solo
broc 7 Jun, 2003 Solo
manmike ?Mar, 2002 Solo
with jon
with jon
Hidden ?Jun, 2001 -
crowberry gully 26 Jan, 2000 -
Calum3610 ??, 2000 Solo
Neil Conway ??, 1996 Solo O/S
butteredfrog ??, 1996 -
Hidden 25 Nov, 1995 AltLd
Iain Thow 31 Oct, 1980 Solo
with Rory Dutton, Jack Ewing
with Rory Dutton, Jack Ewing
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