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

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Matt Cooke on Prana (E3) on the left-hand side of Black Crag (from Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Alan James

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
  Grand Alliance Area
2 The Mole
VS 5a 5
3 Ashes to Ashes
E1 5b *  
4 Ashes to Ashes - Original Start
VS 1
5 One Foot in the Grave
VS 4b 2
6 The Gravestone
VS 4b 3
7 High Plains Drifter
E2 5c 6
8 Moonraker
VS 4c * 11
9 The Wreath
MVS 4a 18
10 The Coffin VS 4c ** 113
11 Jubilee Grooves E1 5b * 149
12 Romeo Error
E2 5c 2
13 The Shroud VS 4c ** 505
14 Girdle Traverse
VS 5a ** 7
15 Grand Alliance E4 6a *** 188
16 Up for Grabs
E3 6b **  
17 Tristar
E4 6a * 9
18 Vertigo E3 5c ** 63
Climb name Grade
19 Astral Weeks
E3 6a * 4
20 The Lastest
HVS 5a * 15
21 Prana E3 5c *** 232
22 Prana Right Hand E2 5b 1
  Troutdale Pinnacle
24 Triptych
E1 5b * 7
25 The Dice Man
HVS 5a *  
26 Wasp
E2 5c 3
27 Obituary Grooves HVS 5a * 181
28 Tumbling Dice
E2 5c * 12
29 The Mortician HVS 5a *** 480
30 Black Crag Eliminate
E1 5b ** 42
31 Roach Clip - variation finish to Black Crag Eliminate
HVS 5b  
32 The Mortuary E1 5a * 16
33 Troutdale Pinnacle Direct VS 4c *** 505
34 Troutdale Pinnacle Superdirect HVS 5a *** 632
35 Troutdale Pinnacle S *** 2694
36 Anaconda - variation finish to Troutdale Pinnacle
E1 5b 2
Climb name Grade
37 Wack
E4 6b 2
38 Bush Doctor
E2 5c * 7
39 Raindrop E1 5b *** 645
40 Cloudburst - variation finish to Raindrop
E2 5c 2
41 Gleaned Grooves
VS 4c * 10
42 Holly Tree Corner
VS 4b ** 107
43 Grip Factor
HVS 5a 4
44 Silent Sun
E2 5b * 12
45 Troutdale Ridge MVS 4b * 96
46 The Groan
VS 6
47 Frenzy E1 5a 3
48 Troutdale Gully
VD 7
49 Troutdale Gully
50 Ashley Slab VD 4
  Little Black Crag
  Troutsdale Gully Wall
  Black Crag Far Right Hand

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