Ancient rocks © Captainjoey
The crag is now completely overgrown with moss from top to bottom left of the tree with significant amounts of moss to the right of the tree as of 6th August 2013.
The Outwoods Crag is a north-facing woodland outcrop of natural rock (weathered Precambrian slate agglomerate) which is slow to dry. It has several lower grade routes which make it a good crag for beginners although some of the problems are not without interest. The crag is desperately greasy on a wet winter day but catches the sun through the trees very late on a summer evening. The main characteristic of the crag is the oak tree running up the Main Face.
The quickest approach is along the track through the wood which starts on the Nanpantan/Woodhouse Eaves road near Charnwood Hall. The crag is just beside the track where the path leaves the Outwoods.
3 out of the 4 oak trees commonly used as anchors have been noted as having acute oak decline, a disease which will likely kill them. The head wildlife officer of Charnwood BC has asked climbers to avoid wrapping ropes or slings around these trees, in order to slow the spread between trees in the Outwoods and also help prevent taking the disease elsewhere. The healthy oak, square block and a creative nut or two make adequate anchors; please help the image of climbers and local nature by respecting this request. Most obvious sign of an unhealthy tree is dark bleeding or staining from a scar on the bark between 1-2m from ground level. Warden's parting shot was, "please just keep off the bleedin' trees".
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