Climbs 36
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 744m a.s.l
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Marti Hallett on the tricky mid-section of Samson (HVS) at High Crag (from the Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mike HUtton

Crag features

Superb selection of medium grade routes on superb rock.

Approach notes

From Gatesgarth Farm, walk uphill for 45mins. The farmer will charge £4 to park off road but there are other spaces 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
  High Crag
2 High Crag summit
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summit 390
  Left-hand Crag
4 Wishful Thinking VS 5a 7
5 Felony HVS 5a 5
6 Indecent Obsession E3 6a ** 19
7 Foul Play HVS 5b *** 68
8 Red, Raw and Itchy E4 6a ** 3
9 The Executioner's Song E3 6a ** 12
10 Short Circuit E1 5c 4
11 The Navigator HVS 5a 1
12 Brushless
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HVS 5b 1
13 Sweeper
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E1 5c  
Climb name Grade
  Main Buttress
15 The Three Kings VS 4c ** 23
16 Ludo HS 4a ** 52
17 Nameless Route S 4a * 18
18 Bunyip Buttress VS 4b * 8
19 Artefact VS 4b ** 44
20 Resurrection Route VS 4b ** 47
21 Dry Trim E1 5b ** 68
22 Samson HVS 5b *** 135
23 Close Shave E1 5b ** 12
24 The Philistine E1 5b *** 141
25 The Sun Never Sets
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E3 6a * 3
26 Psycho E1 5b ** 22
27 The Israelite
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E3 5c *  
Climb name Grade
28 The Lost Aegean E2 5c ** 3
29 Lost Colonies E3 6a *** 20
30 Lost Colonies (Original Start)
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E2 5b ** 9
31 High Crag Buttress HVS 5a *** 150
32 Fellwanderer
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HVS 5a * 4
33 Nebuchanezzar's Dream E1 5b ** 19
34 Quest for Wisdom E2 5b * 4
35 Gethsemane E1 5b ** 98
36 Delilah VS 4c *** 229
37 Gatesgarth Chimney VD * 2
38 The Girde Traverse
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HVS 5a *  
  Winter Routes
40 Gatesgarth Chimney IV 5 * 1

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