Climbs the wall and hanging crack R. of the Great Flake of Central Buttress. Start immediately L. of Moss Gill.
1)5a. Climb the corner and rib to the triangular overhang. Traverse L. for 6m then climb the wall to slabs and grassy ledges. Belay up R. below a short corner.
2)5c. Climb the short corner and move L. to step up onto the wall. Climb this trending R. to a ledge on the arete (gear). Traverse back L. until below the crack and climb up into it. Follow it and the groove above to a ledge and belay.
3)5b. Climb the awkward mossy corner crack behind the ledge to slabs. Follow a second corner crack and pull out R. at the top to ledges. Step up onto the final wall and move L. to the arete. Climb this to the top.

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, The Top 5 E2's in the UK?.

john lynch 19/Jun Lead O/S

one of the best ever, the main pitch is a dream and the top out in the mid summer sunset was unforgettable.

with Bethan D
Hidden 05/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
JendeHoxar 05/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
with Ed
Will Hunt 04/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Been longing for this for a while. Didn't expect the crack to be so steep and pumpy! Mercifully, it was dry. Did the first pitch as described in the 2014 definitive guide (starting at the foot of an obvious groove-cum-ramp as for CB New and Superior Start, then traversing boldly out right to the triangular roof. Supposedly 5c but more like bold 5a/5b). The bold wall on the second pitch is all there - positive, steady climbing. Move into the crack is really difficult - left hand undercutting and a long reach off high feet to gain the first good fingerlock. Thereafter a pumpy scrap with excellent protection. Last pitch has a couple of tricky moves with a wonderful airy finish.

with Caroline Brindle
Tom.Priestley 30/May/16 AltLd O/S

Led P2. Crack was dry. Brass offsets useful. Awesome.

with tunnah
tunnah 30/May/16 AltLd O/S
MichaelGallimore 15/May/16 Lead O/S

Led p2 and p3. Crack was dry. Bold traverse. Crack was hard to jam and didn't take as much gear as I'd hoped. Stunning line, enjoyed the thrutchy chimney moves and airy traverse moves to the arête. Missed out the second crack section by accident. Bern cut his hand open and bled on everything, must have made the crack section feel difficult! Walked in from seathwaite and up corridur route, walked back via sca fell pike, broad fell and great end. Super day out!

with Bern hardman
phil64 ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Scooter Young ??/2015 AltLd
Jacob Phillips ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Matt Cooke 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 10/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Great intimidating 2nd pitch

Hidden 25/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/14 AltLd
mike lawrence? 24/Jul/14 AltLd
with Liam Chalkie Halsey
Hidden 22/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
D.Russell 12/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
stuart34 12/Jul/14 AltLd O/S


with Doug the thug
Sam Parker 09/Jul/14 AltLd dog

Lead P2 with a rest

with James Clapham
samt 29/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1 and P3 - Awesome route, bone dry. Perfect conditions. Camped out at hollow stones after. What a day!!!

with Jon Wilson
Hidden 24/Jun/14 AltLd
DavidEvans 22/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Led 1st pitch that cuts out from easy ramp up to CB ledge, as per 2024 guidebook. Led final pitch too. Ace route

with Ste Brock
bigdrew 21/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

P1 and P3

with ferdia
ferdia 21/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

did this and ichabod. a great way to spend the longest day of the year.

mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden 22/Jul/13 AltLd dog
Hidden 21/Jul/13 AltLd
Sardien 20/Jul/13 2nd O/S
StuartCJones 20/Jul/13 2nd dog

Hard, pumpy, crimpy, a diagonal crack in a heroic position and an airy finish. What a climb! Right on my limit!

Hidden 14/Jul/13 AltLd
Shaw Brown 13/Jul/13 AltLd

Led P1&P3. These pitches were better than expected, added with the awesome P2 makes for a top class route.

Hidden 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
GPN 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Amazing. Lead P2.

markalmack 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Lead p2. Well good!

buzby78 08/Jul/13 AltLd

2nd pitch still a bit green and slimey, had to give up and traverse off right as top crack was too wet...

with Jess
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Mal Scott
Hidden 09/Jun/13 AltLd
Dave Rumney 08/Jun/13 AltLd

absolutely magnificent. Been on my ticklist for 25 years and worth the wait. Bone Dry.

with Tanya Milner
a_hein 07/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

brilliant route! The second pitch is bold but steady. Quality.

with Sam C
jess ?/Jun/13 AltLd
with neill
Andrew Wilson 27/May/12 AltLd

P1 and P3

Dan Arkle ??/2012 Lead
Hidden ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
Graham Iles 30/Jul/11 AltLd

Lead the first and last pitches.

cooperman 30/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

Tremendous climbing,no chalk to follow so great experience. Bold but positive holds. Probably one of the best E2's in the UK

with Graham Iles
robinsi197 04/Jun/11 AltLd

Brilliant route. Wet in the crack and corners. This time I led pitches 1+3, (led pitch 2 25 years ago).

with Nick
Hidden 02/May/11 AltLd O/S
scott gibson 02/May/11 AltLd
with S Lynch
Hidden ?/Apr/11 AltLd
Hidden ?/Apr/11 AltLd dnf
GeoffG ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Jack Geldard ??/2011 -
Nick Sillem ??/2011 Lead O/S
Dave Parton ??/2011 -
Misha 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Wasn't particularly cold but suffered from numb yellow fingers from the outset. Should have spent longer warming them up after P1 but decided to go for it on P2 and see what happens. What happened was that the fingery traverse up and right proved impossible on numb fingers, so spent a while getting some feeling back into them while stood on a small ledge above a nest of uninspiring small gear. The traverse was fine in the end. Quite bold on this middle section going up right and then back left to the crack. Fingers were almost ok by the time I got to the crack. This was wet and slimey in places, which didn't help given that it's hard E2 anyway. Spent a while trying to do the initial moves to get into the crack, could see several ways but all seemed precarious. Finally figured out a sequence that wasn't too hard after liberally dabbing a wet hold with the chalk bag. Just as well the good hold higher up was pretty good as it was also pretty slimey. Out came the chalk bag again. The crack refused to give up but so did I! The highlight was awkward jamming towards the top of the crack, which wouldn't have been that bad if it hadn't been slippery. Relieved to get dry holds out to the right at the top. Enjoyed seconding the technical P3. A good route worthy of three stars but can't really see it as one of the best E2s in the country. Led P2. Five hours on the route, mostly due to the length of time it took to do P2.

tim newton 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
Ian Jones 01/Sep/10 Lead O/S

I led pitch 1 in 1976 as Central Buttress Direct. That was the first time I ever saw chalk and I assumed it was bird shit! No chalk at all this time which made for some interesting route finding on the thin wall. The slanting flared crack (always a little wet)is the highlight. A magnificent middle pitch which would easily warrant **** in Scotland. Easily the best E2 in the English mountains. Pitch 3 is quite tricky too.

Hidden 01/Sep/10 AltLd
datoon 19/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
with K
khawk 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
with DT
Hidden 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden 30/May/09 AltLd O/S
Chad123 30/May/09 AltLd O/S

Pretty damn awesome, excellent climbing from bottom to top. Best route of a brilliant weekend. As the guide says the crux crack is tricky when wet and quite bold below this too...

with Rik
C coldwell-storry 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Adam Gill
IanJackson 09/Jun/08 AltLd O/S

Followed Luke, Great route.

lukehunt 09/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Ian Jackson
tuftynick ??/2008 -
John Kettle 09/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/07 AltLd
frost ?/Jun/07 AltLd
with D Garry N Griffiths
NeilGriffiths ?/May/07 AltLd
with Dave, Simon
mux ??/2007 AltLd
with Simon Frost , Neil Griffiths
Bella ?/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Chris
fizzy_elephant 27/Jul/06 AltLd O/S

Awesome climb. "Best E2 in the country" according to some guide who was on the crag at the same time as us.

with stu
Hidden 27/Jul/06 AltLd
Stig 26/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Tom Phillips 26/Jul/06 Lead O/S


with Jarek
Pete Graham ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Dave Morris
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden 21/Aug/05 AltLd O/S
piken ??/2002 -
Hidden ?/Jun/01 AltLd
whispering nic ?/Jul/00 -
with Al Reid
craig matheson ??/1999 Lead
Hidden 20/Jul/96 AltLd
John Southworth ?/Jul/96 Lead O/S
pete johnson 22/Jun/96 AltLd O/S
with Hughie
Hidden 01/Aug/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/95 AltLd O/S
rob.grafton 31/Jul/95 AltLd

struggled on pitch 3

with Bruce
andybirtwistle 30/Jul/95 Lead
with Graham Hindle
Hidden ?/Jun/95 AltLd
Hidden 06/May/95 -
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
tmawer ??/1995 Lead O/S
with Jim Arnold
keefe ??/1995 -
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1995 -
with keefe
daviesxxx ??/1995 Lead
Grezza 22/Jul/94 Lead O/S

Fabulous. Crack pitch wet, as always.

Martin Bennett 17/Jul/94 -
with Glenn, SF
Andy Say 04/Sep/93 Lead
mattnuttall 29/Jun/93 AltLd O/S

lead P3

with Ian Vickers, Alan Holden
p.crooky#1 ??/1992 AltLd O/S
with Dave Taylor
Martin Bennett 07/Sep/91 -

Top ten definitely. Mistakenly climbed it from The Oval - necky. Later did normal start - not as good.

with RA
keefe 29/Jul/91 -
Rich Kirby ?/Jul/90 AltLd O/S
with The General (P.Henderson)
andy gittins ?/Jul/90 Lead
Greg Cunningham 01/Jun/90 -
Seymore Butt ??/1990 -
with Spuz
Hidden 21/Jun/89 2nd
Bruce Kerr 17/Jun/89 AltLd
with Perric Crellin
uphillnow 21/May/89 AltLd

Led pitch 1 and 3, John got the crux which was wet

with john stanger
Mike Owen 19/Jun/88 Lead O/S
with Elaine Owen
Hidden 11/Jun/88 AltLd
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Dave Musgrove 01/Sep/86 AltLd O/S
with Frank Wilkinson
Hidden 28/Jun/86 AltLd
Steve Crowe 21/May/85 AltLd O/S


Campbell42 26/Aug/84 AltLd O/S

Have climbed this route three times, as it is one of my favourites. On 18.06.89 with Mick Mason and again in1991 with Barry Roberts.

with Eric Marsden
Hidden 22/Aug/84 Lead
Paul Clarke ??/1984 Lead
with Mike Lynch
jon 09/Aug/83 Lead
with H
Bob 09/Jul/83 AltLd O/S
with M. Lynch
Bob Windsor 28/May/78 -

same day as Foxshooter was done

with Gordon Tinning
Hidden 28/May/77 AltLd
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