Climbs 49
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 260m a.s.l
Faces NW

Mhairi Cameron on Troutdale Pinnacle, Black Crag,Borrowdale © Michael Ryan

Crag features

Classic Borrowdale climbing! Two main buttresses, North buttress on the left and South buttress on the right.

Home to the deservedly popular troutdale Pinnacle (S). Other classics include The Shroud (VS), The Mortician (HVS), Troutdale Pinnacle Superdirect (HVS), Raindrop (E1), Prana (E3) and Grand Alliance (E4).

Approach notes

Twenty minute walk from parking in laybys just south of the Leathes Head Hotel.


I imagine this is a great crag during the warmer months, however it seeps rather a lot at this time of year and we were unable to complete troutdale pinnacle due to this.
staceyjg - 07/Nov/11
Large block fell off during an ascent of Gleaned Groove today, uprooting trees and leaving a path of destruction, other climbs may be affected
Ellie79 - 22/Jun/11
Troutdale Pinnacle ? Possibly my one enduring love (wife and daughters excepted). First climbed this crag in 1961. In the following decade must have climbed it fifty or more times, solo and with a string. Not too difficult - but what a delight in its variety of situations - and that 'Thank God' hold - just where most needed. A fabulous piece of climbing and recommended to everyone. Put it top of your wish list. It's what 'real' rockclimbing was meant to be.
bergalia - 02/Apr/07
get to it mid week or an early start, or on a week climb prepare to queue for tdp. the mortician is a smashing route with a very techy start to the second pitch. on the third pitch do the finger traverse, well worth the effort and easyer than it looks.
IanJackson - 16/Jul/06
"We climbed Troutdale Pinnacle on a lovely sunny day and seemed to be the only people there" theres seems to be a constant stream of people on tdp and never anyone on any of the other three star routes. The Mortician is v.good.
johni - 02/Aug/05
We climbed Troutdale Pinnacle on a lovely sunny day and seemed to be the only people there - much quieter than Shepherds Crag. It's a really enjoyable climb with stunning views and an easy walk in.
Roo - 25/Jun/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 North Buttress 
2The Mole
VS 5a 4
3Ashes to Ashes
E1 5b * 
4Ashes to Ashes - Original Start
VS 1
5One Foot in the Grave
VS 4b 2
6The Gravestone
VS 4b 3
7High Plains Drifter
E2 5c 4
VS 4c *10
9The Wreath
MVS 4a 18
10The Coffin
VS 4b **90
11Jubilee Grooves
E1 5b **122
12Romeo Error
E2 5c 2
13The Shroud
VS 4c **414
14Girdle Traverse
VS 5a **6
15Grand Alliance
E4 6a ***167
16Up for Grabs
E3 6b ** 
E4 6a *5
18VertigoE2 5c **50
19Astral Weeks
E3 6a *4
20The Lastest
HVS 5a *11
E3 5c ***206
22Prana Right HandE2 5b 1
 South Buttress 
E1 5b *7
25The Dice Man
HVS 5a * 
E2 5c 1
27Obituary GroovesVS 4c **151
28Tumbling Dice
E2 5c *11
29The Mortician
HVS 5a ***414
30Black Crag Eliminate
E1 5b **35
31Roach Clip - variation finish to Black Crag Eliminate
HVS 5b  
32The MortuaryE1 5a *17
33Troutdale Pinnacle Direct
VS 4c ***407
34Troutdale Pinnacle SuperdirectHVS 5a ***534
35Troutdale PinnacleS ***2454
36Anaconda - variation finish to Troutdale Pinnacle
E1 5b 2
E4 6b 2
38Bush Doctor
E2 5c *5
39RaindropE1 5b ***532
40Cloudburst - variation finish to Raindrop
E2 5c 2
41Gleaned Grooves
VS 4c *10
42Holly Tree Corner
VS 4b **92
43Grip Factor
HVS 5a 4
44Silent Sun
E2 5b *7
45Troutdale RidgeMVS 4b *80
46The Groan
VS 6
47FrenzyE1 5a 3
48Troutdale Gully
VD 6
49Troutdale GullyIII  
50Ashley SlabVD 4
 Little Black Crag 
 Troutsdale Gully Wall 
 Black Crag Far Right Hand 

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