Climbs 35
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 450m a.s.l
Faces NE

high on philistine © fatboyblim

Crag features

Superb selection of medium(HVS-E1) grade routes on superb rock. Indecent Obsession(E2), Foul Play(HVS), Executioners Song(E3), Samson(HVS), Philistine(E1), Lost Colonies(E3), Psycho(E1), High Crag Buttress(HVS), Nebs.. Dream(E1), Gethsemane(E1), Delilah(VS).

Approach notes

45 minute uphill walk from Gatesgarth Farm. Farmer charges £3 to park off road but there is other space nearby.

Recommend taking two ropes for an abseil. The descent otherwise = follow obvious worn heather path to the left edge of the crag (bit exposed, but okay in climbing shoes) until a square trough corner appears in the heather at your feet for you to scramble down ( this looks easy and is at first until it ends up on a square grass platform near the bottom). Three options from grass platform: 1, recommmended, downclimb the shortest chimney on your right (good holds do appear) 2, scramble down the continuation rocks (bit awkward and precarious). 3, if wearing tweeds throw yourself into the holdless chimney and slide down! Lovely crag, sensational views of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
jimorothy - 24/May/10
The best crag in the Lake district. Lovely rock a texture and situation. I might have been a bit windy on the day but still feel that Philistine is a bit run-out for E1.
tom valentine - 27/Jul/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Left Hand Crag
2 Wishful Thinking VS 5a * 6
3 Felony HVS 5a 5
4 Indecent Obsession
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E2 6a ** 16
5 Foul Play
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HVS 5b ** 56
6 Red, Raw and Itchy
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E3 6a ** 3
7 The Executioner's Song
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E3 6a *** 10
8 Short Circuit
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E1 5c * 3
9 The Navigator
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HVS 5a 1
10 Brushless
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HVS 5b 1
11 Sweeper
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E1 5c  
  Main Buttress
13 The Three Kings
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VS 4c * 16
14 Ludo
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HS 4a 35
15 Nameless Route
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S 3c 15
16 Bunyip Buttress
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VS 4b * 4
17 Artefact
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MVS 4b ** 33
18 Resurrection Route
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VS 4b * 42
19 Dry Trim
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E1 5b ** 47
20 Samson
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HVS 5a ** 102
21 Close Shave
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E1 5b ** 7
22 The Philistine E1 5b *** 174
23 The Sun Never Sets
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E3 6a * 3
24 Psycho
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E1 5b ** 16
25 The Israelite
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E3 5c *  
26 The Lost Aegean E2 5c ** 3
27 Lost Colonies
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E3 6a ** 17
28 Lost Colonies (Original Start)
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E2 5b ** 6
29 High Crag Buttress
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HVS 5a *** 110
30 Fellwanderer
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HVS 5a * 2
31 Nebuchanezzar's Dream
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E1 5b ** 13
32 Quest for Wisdom
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E2 5c * 3
33 Gethsemane
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E1 5b ** 82
34 Delilah
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VS 4c *** 200
35 Gatesgarth Chimney VD * 2
36 The Girde Traverse
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HVS 5a *  
  Winter Routes
38 Gatesgarth Chimney IV 5 * 1

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