Climbs 109
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 892m a.s.l
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Appian Way, Pillar Rock © Gordon Stainforth

Crag features

Pillar is a mountain in the western part of the English Lake District. Situated between the valleys of Ennerdale to the north and Wasdale to the south, it is the highest point of the Pillar group (some dozen fells clustered round it). At 892m (2,927 feet) it is the eighth-highest mountain in the Lake District. The fell takes its name from Pillar Rock, a prominent feature on the Ennerdale side, regarded as the birthplace of rock climbing in the district.

Pillar Rock is a large complex high mountain crag with a great history of classic routes - needs a reasonable dry spell. Thanatos/Electron (HVS), Tapestry (E4), Grooved Wall (VS), North Climb (S), NW Climb (MVS), Megaton (E1), Goodbye to All That (E1), Rib and Slab (HS), New West (VD), SW (MVS)etc, the list of real classics is endless, without even mentioning any of the 2 star routes.

Approach notes

Two and a half hour walk from Wasdale. Best bet is to mountain bike in from Ennerdale. Yes, it's a long way but the crag is superb and remote, so get to it people!

Once into the cirque, the approach path (from Ennerdale) very vague. Wasted a lot of time on walk in and walk out because of this. Fantastic crag though and well worth the journey!
MikeLell - 15/Sep/13
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Pillar
2 Pillar summit
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summit 19
  Pillar Rock
4 Pillar Rock summit
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summit 503
  High Man East Face
6 Far West Jordan Climb
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VD 5
7 West Jordan Crack
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VD 4
8 West Jordan Climb
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D 3
9 Jordan Bastion
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HS 4b 1
10 Central Jordan Climb
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D 7
11 East Jordan Climb
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MVS 4a  
12 East Jordan Wall
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HS 4b  
13 Slab and Notch Climb
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M * 147
14 Pillar Rock by Slab and Notch 3 *** 24
15 Pendlebury Traverse
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M  
16 The Curtain and Arete
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D 6
17 The Great Chimney
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D 1
18 Kipper's Chimney
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HS 4b *  
  Shamrock
20 Shamrock Buttress
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VD 1
21 Harlequin Chimneys
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D 1
22 Photon
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MVS 4c * 6
23 Eros
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E2 5b *** 10
24 Positron
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MVS 4b 1
25 Electron
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HVS 5a *** 37
26 Pauli Exclusion Principle
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E3 5c ** 1
27 Vishnu
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E2 5b 1
28 Thanatos
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HVS 5b *** 43
29 Shamrock Tower
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MVS 4b 9
30 Odin
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HVS 5b 4
31 The Magic Rainbow
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E1 5b *  
32 Necromancer
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E1 5a ** 3
33 The Eightfold Way
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HVS 5a 1
34 The Link
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HVS 5a  
35 Walker's Gully
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MVS 4c *** 7
36 Photogenic
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E1 5b **  
  Low Man North Face
38 pedestal Wall
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S 4a 1
39 Side Slip
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VS 4c  
Climb name Grade
40 Over the Hill
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E1 5b  
41 Soliton
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HVS 5a  
42 The Black Widow
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E2 5c  
43 Tapestry
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E4 6a *** 6
44 Grooved Wall
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VS 5a *** 60
45 Sheol/CunningStunts/Tapestry E2 5c *** 1
46 Cunning Stunts
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E2 5c * 5
47 Sheol
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E2 5c ** 5
48 North-East Climb
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MS * 9
49 Savage Gully
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MVS 4b  
50 North Climb
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S 4a *** 79
51 Akhnaton
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VS 4c 2
52 Klingsor
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E2 5c *  
53 Patriarch of the Pillarites
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E3 5c *  
54 Proton
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HVS 5a  
55 Scylla
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HVS 5a ** 13
56 Puppet
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E2 5b * 3
57 Straits of Messina
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E4 6a * 2
58 Megaton
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E1 5a *** 29
59 Roraima
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E1 5b 1
60 Goodbye to All That
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E1 5b *** 9
61 Nor'-Nor'-West Climb
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VS 4c * 13
62 Ximenes
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HVS 5b * 6
63 North-West Climb
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MVS 4b *** 90
64 Charybdis
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HVS 5a ** 3
  Low Man West Face
66 Goth E1 5b *** 9
67 Gaul
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HVS 5a ***  
68 The Hun
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VS 4c * 3
69 Mirror, Mirror... E2 5b ** 4
70 The Terrorist
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E2 5c  
71 The Appian Way
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HS 4b ** 41
72 Triton
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VS 4c 1
73 Attila
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HVS 5a  
74 Nook and Wall Climb
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S 4c *  
75 The Devil's Entrance
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MVS 4b 1
76 Thor
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MVS 4b * 1
77 Err
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VS 4b * 1
78 Ledge and Groove Climb
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S 2
Climb name Grade
79 Lepton
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HVS 5a  
80 Bosun
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HVS 5b  
81 West Wall Climb
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VD *** 28
82 The Devil's Exit
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HVS 5a  
83 Strider
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VS 4c *  
  High Man West Face
85 Pillar Rock, The Old West Route 3 *** 37
86 The Pulpit Route
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VD 2
87 Gondor
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E2 5c ** 11
88 Gomorrah
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VS 4b *** 16
89 Gomorrah Ridge Variation VS 4c *** 3
90 Vandal
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HVS 5a *** 26
91 Sodom
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VS 4b * 1
92 Cheekwooly S ** 2
93 Rib and Slab Climb
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HS 4b *** 194
94 Rib and Rib Climb
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E1 5a ** 1
95 New West Climb
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VD *** 256
96 The South-West by West Climb
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VS 4c 3
97 South-West Climb
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MVS 4b *** 49
98 Boot Strap
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VS 4b 2
99 West Jordan Gully
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S 1
100 The Girdle Traverse
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VS 5a  
101 Pillar of Salt E1 5c ** 1
  Winter Routes
103 Harlequin Chimneys (winter)
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V 6 ** 1
104 Photon Corner IV 4  
105 Shamrock Chimneys IV 4 *  
106 Walkers Gully V 5  
107 Savage Gully V 6 1
108 North East Climb (winter) V 6 *** 2
109 North West Climb
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V 5 5
110 West Waterfall Gully IV 6
111 The Old West (winter) III 21
112 Gomorrah (winter) VII 7 **  
113 New West (winter) IV 4 * 7
114 Tower Postern (winter)
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VI 6 ** 2
115 Pisgah West Traverse M 8
116 East Pisgah Chimney Left M 2
117 Electron-Positron
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VII 7 *** 1

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