Climbs 33
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 270m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Dave Pattinson on Cellulite (E2) Fat Charlie's Buttress, in the Langstrath Valley (from Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mike Hutton

Crag features

The entrance of the majestic Langstrath Valley has a trio of good little crags that have some quality routes, although they tend to be overlooked by many in favour of the much more popular Sergeant Crag Slabs further up the valley. Bleak How was developed many decades ago and only a small number of the routes remain clean, although these are well-worth tracking down. Fat Charlies Buttress is a small wall of good rock that gives a few short lines and is useful for a quick climb on the way to or from the other crags, or if staying at the nearby campsite.

Approach notes

Park at Stonethwaite, either on the approach or in the hamlet. Walk up the valley on a road then a track past a campsite, then turn right up the Langstrath Valley. After 200m, cross the river at a footbridge. 

Bleak How - Head up the hillside making for the left side of the crag from where a traverse rightwards, tight below the face, gains a huge block and gearing up spot. 

Fat Charlies Buttress - Once over the footbridge, the crag is easily viewed just a few metres above the path.

Good chain anchor at the top of The Reiver and good cord and screwgate anchor at the top of Bleak How Buttress, July 2018
sparkass - 20/Jul/18
Nice crag, good view back up Borrowdale. Needs more traffic, some of the less popular climbs have been reclaimed by Mother Nature. The only cleanish ones were Rub Off, Brush Off, Fancy Free (bit mossy in places), The Boj Eliminate, The Reiver, Front Runner higher up is OK, but initial slab getting mossy. We cleaned what we could by hand and I managed to clean out a couple of the placements on Rub Off with a nut key.
Crofty - 26/Apr/09
Nice crag - quiet place, nice rock, nice routes. A bit grubby when we went there last year and don't even think about it when the midges are out - purgatory!!! Makes a good day combination with Sergeant Crag Slabs.
john vaughan - 08/May/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Bleak How
2 Rub Off HVS 5a ** 22
3 Brush Off HVS 4c ** 116
4 Pop Goes the Asteroid
E2 5c 7
5 Seconds Out
HVS 5a 2
6 Footloose
HVS 5a 4
7 Fancy Free
HVS 5a * 35
8 Steel Pulse
E3 5c 3
9 Breathless
E3 6a * 9
10 Boston Strangler
E4 6b 5
11 The Boj Eliminate
HVS 5b 19
12 Bleak How Buttress E2 5c *** 121
Climb name Grade
13 Bleak Beauty E4 6a * 5
14 The Reiver HVS 5a ** 153
15 Border Reivers E2 5c ** 1
16 Fun Run
S 4
17 Front Runner
E1 5a ** 21
18 Psyched Out
E3 5b * 1
19 Bleak How Eliminate E5 6a * 5
  Upper Left Buttress
21 Amistad Con El Diablo
E2 5c * 2
22 Dago
VS 5a 3
23 Manuel VS 4b 2
24 Rush Off HVS ** 2
Climb name Grade
25 First Footing
MVS 4c 1
  Fat Charlie's Buttress
27 Myth of Fingerprints VS 4b * 25
28 Supermodel E2 5a * 38
29 Blubber HVS 4c 7
30 Islay Wait S 3c 9
31 Phantom Menace HVS 5a 5
32 Reassuringly Stocky E1 5c  
33 Wobbly Bits
VS 4c  
34 Cholestrol Corner E1 5b * 2
35 Cellulite E2 5c * 12
36 Josse's route
VS 4c 1

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