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Climbs 110
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 892m a.s.l
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Marti Hallett and Debbie Roberts on Rib and Slab (HS) at Pillar Rock (from the Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mark Glaister

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!

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Guidebooks

Lake District Climbs

Lake District Climbs provides comprehensive coverage of the very best traditional climbing in the mountains and valleys of English Lake District. The range and variety of climbing available is outstanding, from low-level single-pitch outcrop cragging to long multi-pitch mountain routes. There is something here for climbers of all abilities from experts to those just starting out.
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More Guidebooks:
Gable & Pillar (2007)
Gable & Pillar (1991)

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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