20m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The alternative start to The Wasdale Crack is also very popular. Start on the right side of the ledge.
1) 4a. 20m. Traverse out to the arete on the right and follow it to the shoulder. The thin right-leading crack above the traverse is Slingsby's Variation, Sev.
2) 4c, 5m. Pitch 2 of The Wasdale Crack. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Start at the bottom of Wasdale Crack.
1.) 16m, traverse delicately right until a pull around onto the arete can be made. Climb the arete to the shoulder.
2.) 4m, pitch 2 of the Wasdale Crack.

WH Fowler Sep/1894

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
lanky 3 Jul 2nd
OllyD ?Jul Lead
Hidden 28 Jun AltLd O/S
Hidden 12 May Lead
RichHartley77 11 May Lead O/S
with Chalkers, WeeLee
with Chalkers, WeeLee
Hidden 11 May 2nd β
ned_85 30 Apr AltLd
with Martin Winstanley
with Martin Winstanley
Hidden 30 Apr 2nd
chris smith 20 Apr Lead O/S
Harry Padley 14 Apr Lead O/S
Nath8 7 Apr AltLd
Andy Climbing C 23 Sep, 2018 AltLd
with Chris W
with Chris W
Hidden 11 Sep, 2018 Lead O/S
jtimney 5 Sep, 2018 Lead
RopeisDope 5 Sep, 2018 2nd
with jtimney
with jtimney
Tim Bevan 30 Aug, 2018 Lead
Hidden 30 Aug, 2018 2nd
cocomosey 25 Aug, 2018 2nd O/S
with Tom
with Tom
Sabine Melanie 21 Aug, 2018 2nd
with Rich and Doug
with Rich and Doug
glaramara 5 Aug, 2018 Lead Nice big rope belay on the shoulder. Down climbed to.
with tamzin
Nice big rope belay on the shoulder. Down climbed to.
with tamzin
Kevin_Daniel_Garvey 4 Aug, 2018 Lead O/S
French Erick 2 Jul, 2018 Solo O/S on the way down
on the way down
Amy121 24 Jun, 2018 Lead
Samuel Vaughan 23 Jun, 2018 2nd β
with pc1983
with pc1983
Hidden 23 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
birks3746 23 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
EihposG 3 Jun, 2018 AltLd
Hidden 3 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29 May, 2018 Lead O/S
Mozer 27 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Trev
with Trev
phildawson 26 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Mike Turner 26 May, 2018 AltLd O/S Led P2
Led P2
CathS 25 May, 2018 2nd O/S Tricky move to gain the ledge on the top pitch.
with Dave Clark
Tricky move to gain the ledge on the top pitch.
with Dave Clark
Davs 21 May, 2018 2nd O/S
maguires 21 May, 2018 AltLd
piken 21 May, 2018 -
Hidden 17 May, 2018 Lead
Chris Oldfield 16 May, 2018 2nd First pitch only (had just done the pinnacle)
First pitch only (had just done the pinnacle)
jonathan_doyle 16 May, 2018 Lead O/S
Rob Morgan 6 May, 2018 AltLd As a down climb.
with Kevin VC AMC
As a down climb.
with Kevin VC AMC
Hidden 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Jim Slater 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Maia
with Maia
fechtn 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S Lead first pitch
with Sameer
Lead first pitch
with Sameer
Maia 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 5 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Wizzy 19 Apr, 2018 Solo O/S
Flavio 11 Mar, 2018 AltLd O/S
JendeHoxar 11 Mar, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Flavio
with Flavio
Hidden 2 Sep, 2017 Lead
Chelsey Robinson 31 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
ned_85 8 Jul, 2017 Lead
Tom McCabe 5 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S Clare led the Arete, I did P2 of Obverse route. Down climbed the easier Wasdale Crack side of the summit block, ab'ed from the shoulder.
Clare led the Arete, I did P2 of Obverse route. Down climbed the easier Wasdale Crack side of the summit block, ab'ed from the shoulder.
8PetrieC 5 Jul, 2017 AltLd
SamStrong93 ?Jul, 2017 2nd O/S
Hidden 18 Jun, 2017 AltLd
jtimney 4 Jun, 2017 Lead took kate up, good weather again
with kate
took kate up, good weather again
with kate
Hidden 3 Jun, 2017 2nd
mournesmtneer 31 May, 2017 Lead
with jtimney
with jtimney
jtimney 31 May, 2017 Lead O/S obverse pitch to top
obverse pitch to top
Pevans 31 May, 2017 Lead Alt lead, I did first pitch, Conor the top block. Before coming down from the shoulder I then lead the top block the obverse way, traversing out to the right.
Alt lead, I did first pitch, Conor the top block. Before coming down from the shoulder I then lead the top block the obverse way, traversing out to the right.
Hidden 29 Apr, 2017 AltLd O/S
CHarrison 22 Oct, 2016 2nd Seconded P1 and lead the MVS pitch onto the needle
with FelixL
Seconded P1 and lead the MVS pitch onto the needle
with FelixL
Hidden 22 Oct, 2016 2nd
Craig Hiscock 2 Oct, 2016 AltLd
static266 2 Oct, 2016 AltLd O/S
Roger Cruse 21 Sep, 2016 AltLd O/S
with Kris
with Kris
Chloe Wilson 7 Sep, 2016 2nd O/S
with joeflan
with joeflan
joeflan 7 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 1 Sep, 2016 2nd O/S
andrewmc 1 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
with Zack
with Zack
Liam Ingram 6 Aug, 2016 Lead O/S Karen's first trad route!
Karen's first trad route!
klcmunro 6 Aug, 2016 2nd
paulh.0776 5 Aug, 2016 2nd
with Paddy
with Paddy
galyer895 27 Jul, 2016 2nd O/S
with Mike Norbury
with Mike Norbury
petegunn 27 Jul, 2016 Lead
Tony Jones 27 Jul, 2016 2nd
clams ?Jul, 2016 Lead From the start of Wasdale Crack went r up a short crack to the arete - not sure what route this was - Slingsby's Var? Abbed off tat which is a right mess of two knotted ropes and a knotted cord
with CatMc
From the start of Wasdale Crack went r up a short crack to the arete - not sure what route this was - Slingsby's Var? Abbed off tat which is a right mess of two knotted ropes and a knotted cord
with CatMc
Hidden 13 May, 2016 Lead
Allanfairfechan ??, 2016 AltLd
with Neil Metcalfe
with Neil Metcalfe
Mark Eddy 18 Aug, 2015 Lead Very good indeed. And not as polished as I had expected. Can highly recommend.
with KateA
Very good indeed. And not as polished as I had expected. Can highly recommend.
with KateA
Hidden 18 Aug, 2015 2nd
Hugh Simons 15 Aug, 2015 Solo O/S
with Sarah
with Sarah
Bradbury 8 Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
with Ben Littley
with Ben Littley
David_Gledson 29 Jun, 2015 Solo O/S Not too bad as a solo, just be very careful!!
Not too bad as a solo, just be very careful!!
ipfreely 15 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S Lead p2, simple enough, even with polish.
Lead p2, simple enough, even with polish.
Calum Wadsworth 8 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S Top pitch, polished as hell and a bugger to get back down again, first pitch was nice mind. Got the tick now though, and there was a decent view!
with Ruairidh Wadsworth
Top pitch, polished as hell and a bugger to get back down again, first pitch was nice mind. Got the tick now though, and there was a decent view!
with Ruairidh Wadsworth
Hidden ?Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S
G Weatherley ?Jun, 2015 2nd β
with Richard Ive
with Richard Ive
Hidden 30 May, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 26 May, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 26 May, 2015 2nd
Becks87 23 May, 2015 2nd O/S
with atom
with atom
atom 23 May, 2015 Lead A very worthwhile route of a super classic landmark. This route is a lot less polished than the Wasdale Crack start to the shoulder. Used a left foot mantle to get onto the top block to much relief. Extremely polished and nothing that great for protection on the very top. Was told about a small crack about a foot below the back edge from the climb that takes a 0.5 cam and used a sling round a slight notch on the top to set up belay. Hairy getting down after lowering my second. Didn't fancy the methods mentioned in the various guides. Used a combination of abseil from the slight notch and down climbing. Hate to say it for national heritage reasons but maybe a bolt and chain in the top would be a good idea here. Abseiled from the knotted ropes and rusty maillons back off the shoulder (Not recommended)
with Becks87
A very worthwhile route of a super classic landmark. This route is a lot less polished than the Wasdale Crack start to the shoulder. Used a left foot mantle to get onto the top block to much relief. Extremely polished and nothing that great for protection on the very top. Was told about a small crack about a foot below the back edge from the climb that takes a 0.5 cam and used a sling round a slight notch on the top to set up belay. Hairy getting down after lowering my second. Didn't fancy the methods mentioned in the various guides. Used a combination of abseil from the slight notch and down climbing. Hate to say it for national heritage reasons but maybe a bolt and chain in the top would be a good idea here. Abseiled from the knotted ropes and rusty maillons back off the shoulder (Not recommended)
with Becks87
thejackle ?May, 2015 Lead
thejackle ?May, 2015 Lead
Scott Quinn 18 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
with dad
with dad
Hidden 9 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 9 Apr, 2015 2nd β
Pigpen 7 Apr, 2015 AltLd
with Loch
with Loch
steely 21 Mar, 2015 2nd
with luke armitage
with luke armitage
s1362083 19 Nov, 2014 AltLd
Hidden 16 Nov, 2014 2nd O/S
Tobias Barthelmes 16 Nov, 2014 2nd
petegunn 16 Nov, 2014 Lead
Tobias Barthelmes 16 Oct, 2014 2nd O/S
with Pete and Davina
with Pete and Davina
ben_armstrong ?Sep, 2014 2nd O/S
with Fraser Scott
with Fraser Scott
robertmichaellovell 12 Jul, 2014 Lead
with Bex
with Bex
Steve954 20 Jun, 2014 2nd β Fantastic, third time lucky (1st only just started climbing, 2nd wet)
Fantastic, third time lucky (1st only just started climbing, 2nd wet)
vinspin 10 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S Great route 7 hours from car and back in bad conditions well Worth it though!
with kaz, carl
Great route 7 hours from car and back in bad conditions well Worth it though!
with kaz, carl
gingerbex 25 May, 2014 2nd O/S
alastairbegley 25 May, 2014 Lead O/S Fun route, with a great position on top, surprisingly there was no one else around on a bank holiday!
Fun route, with a great position on top, surprisingly there was no one else around on a bank holiday!
David Qualtrough 25 May, 2014 2nd
Hidden 17 May, 2014 Lead O/S
tskelhon ??, 2014 Lead O/S
clmacdonald ??, 2014 2nd
joe hallam 30 Sep, 2013 AltLd O/S
joermann 30 Sep, 2013 AltLd
thomaspomfrett 4 Sep, 2013 AltLd O/S P2
with Joe Callaghan
P2
with Joe Callaghan
stevo smith 26 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S Led the top section (4m Mantelshelf) after doing the Arete. Then backdown to climb Lingmell & The Crowley Route.
with Rob hall patch
Led the top section (4m Mantelshelf) after doing the Arete. Then backdown to climb Lingmell & The Crowley Route.
with Rob hall patch
Bex_M 25 Aug, 2013 AltLd O/S
with Claire Ellwood
with Claire Ellwood
redshapedfriday 7 Aug, 2013 Lead
with tom anderson
with tom anderson
mrginna 8 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S 1st pitch
with Ben Hiles
1st pitch
with Ben Hiles
darlolad 5 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
mcglenr25 9 Jun, 2013 AltLd O/S P2
P2
JohnBear 9 Jun, 2013 AltLd P1
with Gus, Ryan
P1
with Gus, Ryan
kieraneason 3 Jun, 2013 Lead O/S Date may not be 100% accurate
Date may not be 100% accurate
peter.ravenscroft27 30 Apr, 2013 AltLd
with Jack Godwin
with Jack Godwin
Simonpeel 3 Mar, 2013 2nd O/S
Steve Lenartowicz 5 Nov, 2012 Lead
with Clare
with Clare
Derek Robinson 11 Aug, 2012 2nd O/S
Mark Collins 11 Aug, 2012 Lead O/S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voxuk1Zinnc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voxuk1Zinnc
Goose4 14 Jul, 2012 Lead O/S
with foostu4
with foostu4
steve-grigg 21 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S
Pinky 12 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S Lead Wasdale crack, Alec lead The arete first and left gear for me to clip into. Keep your face in and push like hell on that left leg then its all over. Absolutely fantastic.... Jackot!
with alec thomas, chris thomas
Lead Wasdale crack, Alec lead The arete first and left gear for me to clip into. Keep your face in and push like hell on that left leg then its all over. Absolutely fantastic.... Jackot!
with alec thomas, chris thomas
nickcj 27 May, 2012 Lead O/S
Hidden 18 Apr, 2012 Lead
Will Gordon 15 Apr, 2012 Lead O/S
with Nelcboy
with Nelcboy
Hidden 15 Apr, 2012 2nd
Richard Alderton 28 Mar, 2012 AltLd Liam rope-soloed to the shoulder, then me to the top.
with Dervey
Liam rope-soloed to the shoulder, then me to the top.
with Dervey
Dervey 28 Mar, 2012 AltLd
Ian Hinkins 26 Mar, 2012 Lead
Hidden 24 Mar, 2012 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12 Feb, 2012 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??, 2012 -
Brannock 15 Oct, 2011 AltLd O/S With German Alex, as he said we left the guide book behind, 1st pitch went up the crack on the oppostie of the Needle to the really polished crack (Wasdale crack?), second pitch from spike belay worthy of Stoney. Not sure about the grade would have thought S4a more appropriate, even with the down climb, though alex thought HS 4b.
With German Alex, as he said we left the guide book behind, 1st pitch went up the crack on the oppostie of the Needle to the really polished crack (Wasdale crack?), second pitch from spike belay worthy of Stoney. Not sure about the grade would have thought S4a more appropriate, even with the down climb, though alex thought HS 4b.
GermanAlex 15 Oct, 2011 AltLd not entirely sure which route we did, forgot the guidebook and didn't fancy the dark, polished "standard" route. just made our way up past a massive flake offering a bit of chimney-esque climbing, easy but slightly bold
not entirely sure which route we did, forgot the guidebook and didn't fancy the dark, polished "standard" route. just made our way up past a massive flake offering a bit of chimney-esque climbing, easy but slightly bold
Peter Holder 13 Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
with Ryan Wilson
with Ryan Wilson
TimKnight 29 Aug, 2011 Lead dnf Led to shoulder but then waited 30 mins for the rain to clear; by the time Owen and then Jen had 2nd'd pitch 1 was too cold to continue. Good situation and historic but not a great climb
with Owen Daniel, Jen Shutt
Led to shoulder but then waited 30 mins for the rain to clear; by the time Owen and then Jen had 2nd'd pitch 1 was too cold to continue. Good situation and historic but not a great climb
with Owen Daniel, Jen Shutt
Rog Wilko 23 Jul, 2011 Lead One star for the climbing; two stars for the history; three stars for getting safely back to the shoulder.
with Debbie Wilkinson
One star for the climbing; two stars for the history; three stars for getting safely back to the shoulder.
with Debbie Wilkinson
iwebster59017 4 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Kirsty810202 4 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 4 Jul, 2011 2nd O/S
Hidden 3 Jul, 2011 2nd
Naomi Havercroft 3 Jul, 2011 2nd
with jojo mills, pffft
with jojo mills, pffft
pffft 3 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S Don't know what people are complaining about. Seen much worse polish else where. Lovely route.
with Jojo Mills, Naomi Havercroft
Don't know what people are complaining about. Seen much worse polish else where. Lovely route.
with Jojo Mills, Naomi Havercroft
Dynamo Digby 30 Jun, 2011 - Slightly damp, bl**dy cold, but awesome climb!!
with Rob Brown
Slightly damp, bl**dy cold, but awesome climb!!
with Rob Brown
Hidden 4 Jun, 2011 Lead
Hidden 3 Jun, 2011 2nd O/S
Spanner 18 May, 2011 2nd
with Josh Crabtree
with Josh Crabtree
sam coward 1 May, 2011 Lead O/S
with Helen
with Helen
jlismore 30 Apr, 2011 AltLd
Graeme Hammond 30 Apr, 2011 AltLd O/S Preferred this way up needle to The Wasdale Crack, much better positions and climbing, led first pitch. Brilliant view this time from the summit.
Preferred this way up needle to The Wasdale Crack, much better positions and climbing, led first pitch. Brilliant view this time from the summit.
djmarko75 ?Apr, 2011 Lead O/S Awesome. Why has this only got 1 star on here? defo worth ***
Awesome. Why has this only got 1 star on here? defo worth ***
y2keable 27 Mar, 2011 AltLd O/S
tom heaney ?Mar, 2011 AltLd O/S
jon clayton 25 Sep, 2010 Lead
Hidden 15 Aug, 2010 -
Keendan 1 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S Most amazing experience, in the rain and above a 400m cloud base Very grateful to the kind soul who placed a mallion + cord on the shoulder!
Most amazing experience, in the rain and above a 400m cloud base Very grateful to the kind soul who placed a mallion + cord on the shoulder!
Ianwesterby 1 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 18 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
andy jennings 2 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Floris
with Floris
TiffTiff 2 May, 2010 AltLd O/S 'Led' P2
with Sophie Nunn, Heather
'Led' P2
with Sophie Nunn, Heather
Sophie Nunn 2 May, 2010 Lead O/S
jackse ?Apr, 2010 Lead
RCrockford 17 Oct, 2009 AltLd O/S Lead second pitch, polished but positive moves. Summit was wacky but awesome.
with Jonah
Lead second pitch, polished but positive moves. Summit was wacky but awesome.
with Jonah
Neil Metcalfe101 13 Sep, 2009 AltLd Allan lead 1st pitch & I lead 2nd pitch. Really polished and tricky to get up. No finese, used knees but got there. have to wrap rope round over hang and tie on to it for belay, weird!
with Allan Mac
Allan lead 1st pitch & I lead 2nd pitch. Really polished and tricky to get up. No finese, used knees but got there. have to wrap rope round over hang and tie on to it for belay, weird!
with Allan Mac
auld al ?Sep, 2009 Lead O/S
matt_ringrose 2 Aug, 2009 AltLd
with Ed Causton
with Ed Causton
Hidden ?Aug, 2009 Lead
RagingSphere 20 Jul, 2009 Lead O/S
Becky E 2 Jun, 2009 2nd O/S
thomasadixon 2 May, 2009 AltLd O/S Lead second pitch. Nice climbing on 1st pitch second pitch polished and not nice at all! Worth the summit though.
Lead second pitch. Nice climbing on 1st pitch second pitch polished and not nice at all! Worth the summit though.
BeccaSnowden 2 May, 2009 AltLd O/S
buddha1369 19 Apr, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Simon B (OB)
with Simon B (OB)
DavidEvans 11 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
with Helen Garrett
with Helen Garrett
iliff 19 Mar, 2009 2nd O/S wasent worth th walkin huge dissapointment
wasent worth th walkin huge dissapointment
SKB 25 Jul, 2008 AltLd
with JD
with JD
Hidden 14 Jun, 2008 AltLd O/S
tomparrott 7 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S
jimbobimbo ?Jun, 2008 AltLd O/S
Christopher Williamson 25 May, 2008 -
with Matt Sleightholme
with Matt Sleightholme
Harry Ellis ?Feb, 2008 -
with Ben Monypenny
with Ben Monypenny
RM199 ??, 2008 -
Lawrie Brand 30 Sep, 2007 Lead O/S
with Malcolm
with Malcolm
wilchivs 20 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
Mark Walter 20 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
innesmac ?Apr, 2007 -
Hidden ??, 2007 -
Bargate_Champ ??, 2007 Lead O/S
Rawstron1 16 Jun, 2006 2nd My 1st ever trad route.
with Tim
My 1st ever trad route.
with Tim
Hidden 10 Jun, 2006 2nd
Hidden ?May, 2006 -
Hidden ??, 2006 Lead
Hidden 30 Apr, 2005 Lead
andy_pemberton ??, 2005 -
JohnHutch ?Aug, 2004 Lead Exciting in wind!
with Alex F
Exciting in wind!
with Alex F
peteetheridge ??, 2003 2nd O/S
with Tom Weston
with Tom Weston
Hidden 22 Aug, 1999 Lead O/S
Simon Caldwell ?Jul, 1999 AltLd O/S
with Mike
with Mike
andyfeds ?Oct, 1998 Lead
with Andy C
with Andy C
BenTiffin ?Jul, 1998 Lead
Phil West 25 May, 1996 AltLd O/S I led top pitch. Mist came in very thick. Got some eerie photos.
with David Atherton
I led top pitch. Mist came in very thick. Got some eerie photos.
with David Atherton
Iain Brown 5 May, 1995 -
with Matthew
with Matthew
Hidden 12 Jun, 1994 -
gallonj ??, 1992 -
John Southworth ?Apr, 1990 AltLd O/S
stewart murray ??, 1990 Lead O/S
Iain Thow 3 Oct, 1987 Lead
with Phil Moorey
with Phil Moorey
ColinMeech ??, 1980 -
migs493 ??, 1977 Lead
Steve Crowe ??, 1974 2nd O/S With Derwent Hill staff
With Derwent Hill staff
Hidden ??, 1971 AltLd
Hidden 1 Aug, 1969 AltLd O/S
Martin Bennett 15 May, 1965 -
with CJE
with CJE
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