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45m.

Rockfax Description
An intimidating and difficult line. Start in a smooth bay of rock left of a twin-stemmed tree at the base of the wall.
1) 5b, 23m. Climb up for 3m then move right and up to a peg in a groove. Continue over a bulge then step left to another groove which is followed to a ledge and belay. An alternative start is to take the corner on the right and move left to the peg.
2) 4b, 17m. Gain the top of a block then climb a vague groove-line on the left until a finish on the right is possible. © Rockfax

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Shepherd's Crag - top 25, Caffs 100 Lakeland Extremes

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Hidden ?? -
beds74 15 Aug, 2019 Lead Repeat although the move through the 2nd groove on 1st pitch was harder than I remember. Technical thin start, gear when you need it. Other people on here must have missed it. Small but good gear. Pegs need removing with modern gear, protectable. ..20 minutes of backwards and forwards couldn’t see an easier way to do it, plus long legs were cramped on initial move across but then helped bridging in the groove. Used the slopers on blunt Arête to get established in groove. Felt 5C to me. Sustained all the way. Awful description for pitch 2...
Repeat although the move through the 2nd groove on 1st pitch was harder than I remember. Technical thin start, gear when you need it. Other people on here must have missed it. Small but good gear. Pegs need removing with modern gear, protectable. ..20 minutes of backwards and forwards couldn’t see an easier way to do it, plus long legs were cramped on initial move across but then helped bridging in the groove. Used the slopers on blunt Arête to get established in groove. Felt 5C to me. Sustained all the way. Awful description for pitch 2...
Pete Wimbush 13 May, 2019 2nd
with Jenny Brindle, Kev Glossop
with Jenny Brindle, Kev Glossop
Hidden 11 May, 2019 Lead O/S
s.hunter 20 Apr, 2019 2nd O/S
efrance24234 20 Apr, 2019 Lead O/S
Robbie Blease 28 Mar, 2019 Lead O/S
klipkabouter 28 Mar, 2019 2nd
Flavio 24 Mar, 2019 2nd
Hidden 24 Mar, 2019 Lead O/S
klipkabouter ??, 2019 -
topsyturvy 21 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S P1. A good, cruxy pitch but could do with more traffic.
with Ell
P1. A good, cruxy pitch but could do with more traffic.
with Ell
Ell 21 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S Led P2
with Tris
Led P2
with Tris
sparkass 10 Jul, 2018 Lead β Forgot I've seconded this before, first pitch was worrying.
with Cal Reid, Steve Heard
Forgot I've seconded this before, first pitch was worrying.
with Cal Reid, Steve Heard
tomhull 3 Jul, 2017 Lead rpt
with Nat Haggett
with Nat Haggett
Tom.Priestley 4 Jun, 2017 Lead O/S In one pitch, possible with 50m ropes. Followed the old topo more than the description and kept slightly right at the top of the first pitch. Nice
with Hinkley Honkley
In one pitch, possible with 50m ropes. Followed the old topo more than the description and kept slightly right at the top of the first pitch. Nice
with Hinkley Honkley
crag_hopper_Jay 22 Apr, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden 26 Mar, 2017 AltLd
eaf4 26 Mar, 2017 AltLd P1
with Niall Harris
P1
with Niall Harris
Hidden 6 Oct, 2016 TR dog
r_o_b_h2 1 Sep, 2016 Lead dnf Got past the first crux before the rain came. Top crux was dirty and wet, fell twice then lowered off. TBC!
with Sharpie
Got past the first crux before the rain came. Top crux was dirty and wet, fell twice then lowered off. TBC!
with Sharpie
Lakesben 1 Jul, 2016 2nd
with Mark
with Mark
Ted F ? May, 2016 Lead
with Luke
with Luke
tjmillen ??, 2016 -
tom.ireson ? Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
steely 30 Jul, 2015 2nd O/S
stuart34 30 Jul, 2015 Lead rpt
with ian man of steele, sparkass
with ian man of steele, sparkass
ChrisNaylor ? Jul, 2015 Lead
RM199 6 Jun, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 24 May, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 23 May, 2015 2nd
FATBOYFAT ??, 2015 -
Cutloose ??, 2015 -
saffy ??, 2015 -
kyaizawa 27 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S Lead P1. Both pegs in a reasonable state.
with mmason1
Lead P1. Both pegs in a reasonable state.
with mmason1
Senna 26 Sep, 2014 Lead O/S Led both pitches
Led both pitches
wherewelf 20 Sep, 2014 2nd
Hidden 20 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S
Matt Cooke 14 Sep, 2014 Lead O/S
Madden 7 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S
with Eugene McMahon
with Eugene McMahon
Euge401 ? Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S weird, entice-full route. naff belay, nice climbing
with Matt Madden
weird, entice-full route. naff belay, nice climbing
with Matt Madden
John Kelly 27 Jul, 2014 AltLd dog P1 hard MB, P2 easy jk
with MB
P1 hard MB, P2 easy jk
with MB
DaveThexton 11 Mar, 2014 Lead O/S
with Ollie Footitt, Ben Woolner
with Ollie Footitt, Ben Woolner
rob.grafton ??, 2014 -
robbo157 ??, 2014 Lead O/S
kato'sdad 13 Oct, 2013 AltLd
with Olly
with Olly
ollyroberts 13 Oct, 2013 AltLd O/S Pitch 1
Pitch 1
Paul Figg 21 Sep, 2013 Lead A bit dirty for a two star route but good climbing.
with Rachel Antill, Nick Clement
A bit dirty for a two star route but good climbing.
with Rachel Antill, Nick Clement
Nick Clement 21 Sep, 2013 2nd
with Rachel Antill, Paul Figg
with Rachel Antill, Paul Figg
Gudge u 13 Aug, 2013 AltLd O/S
with Jenny Brindle
with Jenny Brindle
stuart34 24 Jul, 2013 2nd
with Jon
with Jon
peter.ravenscroft27 5 Jul, 2013 2nd
smithjmw46 5 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S Lead 1st pitch. Bold and brilliant. Probably the best i've ever climbed. As Dad used to say, I was in the zone.
Lead 1st pitch. Bold and brilliant. Probably the best i've ever climbed. As Dad used to say, I was in the zone.
rem12112122 25 Jun, 2013 2nd
with Goose4
with Goose4
Goose4 25 Jun, 2013 Lead O/S
with Remy
with Remy
mcglenr25 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd P2. Good job John!
P2. Good job John!
JohnBear 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd P1
with Ryan
P1
with Ryan
Seymore Butt 2 Jun, 2013 Lead
with Terry Holmes, Gil, Keith Macgregor
with Terry Holmes, Gil, Keith Macgregor
Hidden 26 May, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 1 May, 2013 2nd rpt
Liam Ingram u 27 Apr, 2013 2nd O/S
Roberttaylor 27 Apr, 2013 Lead O/S Felt hard, found no more gear around the second peg. Done as one pitch, probably about 52m? Had to employ a flying heel hook move on p1 to escape the groove, with that awful peg watching me the whole time. Harrowing for belayer.
Felt hard, found no more gear around the second peg. Done as one pitch, probably about 52m? Had to employ a flying heel hook move on p1 to escape the groove, with that awful peg watching me the whole time. Harrowing for belayer.
Hidden 20 Apr, 2013 Lead
Hidden 7 Apr, 2013 Lead
tomhull 3 Apr, 2013 2nd rpt
with james stokes
with james stokes
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead
tmawer 22 Sep, 2012 Lead rpt
with Neil
with Neil
Will Hunt 15 Sep, 2012 2nd O/S
with Ralph Burden
with Ralph Burden
Dave Foster 13 Jul, 2012 Lead Fell at second peg. Bit awkward getting to the massive jug on left side of the corner. Not too bad when you don't spazz on the crux. Take lots of small gear or it could get messy.
with Robin, Si 2
Fell at second peg. Bit awkward getting to the massive jug on left side of the corner. Not too bad when you don't spazz on the crux. Take lots of small gear or it could get messy.
with Robin, Si 2
Hidden 13 Jul, 2012 2nd O/S
robin_hackney 13 Jul, 2012 Lead O/S Led on Daves gear. P2 was very poor. I managed to clean out two gear placements from the mossy wall, but I'd suggest ab'ing off after P1 unless this gets a good clean.
Led on Daves gear. P2 was very poor. I managed to clean out two gear placements from the mossy wall, but I'd suggest ab'ing off after P1 unless this gets a good clean.
Tom Keaveny 20 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S run together pitches, nice route!
with mfisher
run together pitches, nice route!
with mfisher
mfisher u 20 Jun, 2012 2nd O/S In one pitch, some great moves on the 1st pitch, 2nd pitch needs a bit of a clean
In one pitch, some great moves on the 1st pitch, 2nd pitch needs a bit of a clean
Maz J 3 Jun, 2012 AltLd led p2
led p2
Harry Ellis 16 May, 2012 AltLd led 2nd, big moves!
with cal reid
led 2nd, big moves!
with cal reid
Hoyes 7 May, 2012 2nd dog
with Richard W
with Richard W
Hidden 4 May, 2012 AltLd
Hidden 2 May, 2012 AltLd rpt
tomhull 2 May, 2012 AltLd rpt
with matt harris
with matt harris
cballard ??, 2012 -
Narked4fun ??, 2012 -
Stone Idle ??, 2012 -
SOUTHERN GRAY ??, 2012 -
GPN 1 Oct, 2011 Lead O/S In 1 pitch - tricksome climbing.
with net
In 1 pitch - tricksome climbing.
with net
Hidden 10 Jul, 2011 Lead
petegunn 24 Jun, 2011 AltLd
Hidden 24 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S
Chad123 27 Mar, 2011 AltLd O/S A nice route though pretty full value for E1, bold, thin start and then two tricky cruxes though the gear near the hard bits is excellent fortunately! Pegs should be removed.....
with Emily
A nice route though pretty full value for E1, bold, thin start and then two tricky cruxes though the gear near the hard bits is excellent fortunately! Pegs should be removed.....
with Emily
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Hidden ??, 2011 -
daviesxxx ??, 2011 -
cat22 9 Oct, 2010 2nd
chris m fisher 25 Sep, 2010 Lead O/S
with Graham
with Graham
mbambi 3 Sep, 2010 2nd
with will williamson
with will williamson
ollie1 25 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S Second clean E1! With Ken, I led first (hard) pitch.
Second clean E1! With Ken, I led first (hard) pitch.
Hidden 3 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
simonp ? Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
with Annelies Sarrazyn
with Annelies Sarrazyn
Hidden ? Jun, 2010 -
twoplates 6 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
with dave sharpe
with dave sharpe
dswansonlow 2 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Jdoc
with Jdoc
tomhull 2 Apr, 2010 Lead O/S
with matt harris
with matt harris
Hidden 2 Apr, 2010 2nd RP
ccraigg22 7 Mar, 2010 2nd dog
Hidden 7 Mar, 2010 Lead O/S
cosmicray ??, 2010 -
Hidden ??, 2010 -
jlancashire ??, 2010 AltLd
scott gibson ??, 2010 -
Daniel Wicks 25 Oct, 2009 Lead O/S
Crimpy+Horrible 25 Oct, 2009 2nd
with Dan Wicks
with Dan Wicks
buddha1369 5 Oct, 2009 Lead O/S Both Pitches - First pitch felt hard
with Dave R (OB)
Both Pitches - First pitch felt hard
with Dave R (OB)
Hidden 13 Aug, 2009 AltLd O/S
rholdswo ? Aug, 2009 AltLd O/S
AndyBC 24 Jun, 2009 -
Hidden 24 May, 2009 AltLd
Hidden 23 May, 2009 Lead
MarkDavies36 ??, 2009 -
Ade Connor ??, 2009 -
Adam1973 28 Sep, 2008 AltLd
jonka ? Sep, 2008 AltLd
with adam
with adam
Hidden 20 Jul, 2008 Lead O/S
Dan 85 29 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S Someone had scratched the words 'made it thank f***" at 1st belay!
with Alexander, Tom Ward
Someone had scratched the words 'made it thank f***" at 1st belay!
with Alexander, Tom Ward
John Pickles ? Jun, 2008 AltLd O/S
with 8848
with 8848
Hidden ? Jun, 2008 AltLd
Guy Wilson 3 May, 2008 AltLd O/S
with Rick Cotgreave
with Rick Cotgreave
Byronius Maximus 3 May, 2008 2nd dog
Small and weak ? May, 2008 AltLd
red1200 ??, 2008 -
IanJackson 30 May, 2007 Lead O/S
with Big Ian
with Big Ian
Johann ??, 2007 Solo O/S
ian caton ??, 2007 Lead O/S
Neil Ireson 25 Aug, 2006 AltLd
with Jane
with Jane
climbalive 11 Jul, 2006 Lead
with Mark Johnston
with Mark Johnston
Ian Hinkins ??, 2006 -
Darron ??, 2006 -
with Marion
with Marion
jim robertson ??, 2006 -
Pete Graham ??, 2005 Lead O/S
with Ben Smith
with Ben Smith
Hidden ??, 2005 Lead O/S
DaveHK 19 May, 2004 AltLd
with Tim Morozzo
with Tim Morozzo
joe king ? Jul, 2003 AltLd O/S
with simon ringrose
with simon ringrose
SR1970 ? Dec, 2001 Lead O/S
Martin Bennett 10 Jun, 2001 -
with Trobbo, Glenn
with Trobbo, Glenn
Trobbo 10 Jun, 2001 2nd
with martin bennett
with martin bennett
Hidden 2 May, 2001 2nd O/S
Hidden ??, 2001 -
andyb211 ? Jun, 2000 Lead
with Craig Cooper, Dr Rebecca Barnard, Geraldine Taylor, John Lambert, Gary Clark, Clients, Dave Barron, George Rowley, Dave Brown, George/Shane
with Craig Cooper, Dr Rebecca Barnard, Geraldine Taylor, John Lambert, Gary Clark, Clients, Dave Barron, George Rowley, Dave Brown, George/Shane
clive-greenwood 24 May, 2000 Lead O/S
with Tracey
with Tracey
gypsy3006 ??, 2000 -
Ian1001 ??, 2000 -
Hidden ? Aug, 1999 -
Paul Clarke ??, 1999 AltLd
with FMC
with FMC
PaulTclimbing ??, 1999 Lead
with prev PK et al
with prev PK et al
Chris Reid 11 May, 1998 Lead O/S
rurp ??, 1998 -
Ratfeeder 28 Jul, 1997 Lead O/S Kim led pitch 2
with Kim C
Kim led pitch 2
with Kim C
Bruce Kerr 12 Apr, 1997 Lead
with Alan Taylor
with Alan Taylor
p.crooky#1 4 Apr, 1997 2nd
with Ecca
with Ecca
Hidden ??, 1996 Lead
djones66 12 Sep, 1995 Lead O/S Seemed like a good route at the time, but not great - crux awkward rather than exhilarating.
with Stve mc D
Seemed like a good route at the time, but not great - crux awkward rather than exhilarating.
with Stve mc D
tonyw ? May, 1995 -
Mick King u 21 May, 1994 AltLd Led P2
with Arran Deakin
Led P2
with Arran Deakin
Neil McA u 7 May, 1994 Lead O/S
JiveWeasel ??, 1994 2nd
with Al H
with Al H
p.crooky#1 17 Jun, 1993 Lead
with Nick Franklin
with Nick Franklin
Mick King u 2 May, 1993 AltLd O/S Lead P1
with Steve Hill
Lead P1
with Steve Hill
Hidden 25 May, 1991 2nd
Trefor H u 8 Jul, 1990 Lead
with Roger
with Roger
touriga 26 May, 1990 2nd
with wrights
with wrights
Hidden 26 May, 1990 Lead O/S
Pete Pozman u 8 Apr, 1990 Lead O/S
with John Byrne
with John Byrne
andybirtwistle 9 Jul, 1989 Lead
with Ed Williams
with Ed Williams
Hidden 29 Jun, 1989 AltLd
neilh 12 May, 1989 Lead O/S
with sara hyde
with sara hyde
Andy Say 30 Apr, 1989 Lead
Paula Hamilton-Gibson 13 Aug, 1988 Lead
with Iain Clark
with Iain Clark
Dave Rumney 26 Jun, 1988 -
Brian Wilderspin 26 Jun, 1988 -
onefootholdinthegrave u 13 May, 1988 Lead
with Trousers
with Trousers
Hidden 23 Aug, 1987 2nd rpt
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??, 1987 AltLd
with Bill Williamson
with Bill Williamson
Hidden 20 Jun, 1986 Lead
Hidden 5 Oct, 1985 Lead
Steve Crowe 26 Aug, 1985 Lead O/S
Hidden 17 Apr, 1985 2nd
dsgibson ??, 1985 -
Will Webb ? Apr, 1984 -
Hammy 9 Jun, 1982 Solo
Hammy 25 Apr, 1982 AltLd
with Rob Lawson, Fai Kwong
with Rob Lawson, Fai Kwong
Hammy 30 Aug, 1981 Lead
with Rob Lawson, Jonathon Stacey
with Rob Lawson, Jonathon Stacey
Hidden ??, 1981 -
Hidden ??, 1980 -
Hidden 23 Jun, 1979 Lead
Ian Jones ??, 1979 Lead O/S
with Mike Wright
with Mike Wright
Hidden 5 Jun, 1976 2nd
Falko 22 May, 1976 AltLd O/S
with Howard Lancashire
with Howard Lancashire
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Votes cast 32
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Praying Mantis

Grade: E1 5b ***
(Goat Crag, Borrowdale)