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Epicentre Offer Free Pegs For Lakeland Routes

© The Epicentre
The Epicentre climbing shop in Ambleside have started an initiative that they hope will have a positive impact on Lakeland climbing.

The staff at The Epicentre are all experienced climbers and want to help drag some of the harder classic routes out of their vegetated state.

"In an attempt to drive a new wave of activity in the fells we are offering replacement pegs to anyone who has been cleaning a route and needs to replace old and dangerous in situ gear..."

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Epicentre Staff member Callum on Dawes Rides A Shovel Head: E8 6c 2010
© The Epicentre

Epicentre Staff member Woody on Warrior (White Ghyll) E5 6a 1993  © The Epicentre
Epicentre Staff member Woody on Warrior (White Ghyll) E5 6a 1993
© The Epicentre
The Epicentre told UKC:

"In Ambleside at the moment there's a good vibe around the climbing scene. The new Ambleside wall is helping fuel enthusiasm, the "box" - Ambleside's old school wall at the University of Cumbria has been opening up some evenings and boards have been springing up in people's garages, kitchens and living rooms. With the days getting longer it is only a few weeks now until we can get out in the evenings.

At The Epicentre we are keen to see the harder routes on the Lakes mountain crags getting some of the attention they deserve and to try and recapture some of the vibrant scene that surrounded these routes in the late 80's and 90's. Continuing on from our winter conditions reports, our keen staff and climbing team members will give up-to-date conditions reports from the crags.

What's clean, what's dry, what the state of insitu gear is etc.

In an attempt to drive a new wave of activity in the fells we are offering replacement pegs to anyone who has been cleaning a route and needs to replace old and dangerous in situ gear.

We will also have a routes book at the shop where you can record what you've been up to and spread the word. So break out the lycra, dust off the retro head bands and go for it."

Looking down into Langdale from Pike O Blisco  © peteclark
Looking down into Langdale from Pike O Blisco
© peteclark, Jun 2008


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7 Mar, 2011
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7 Mar, 2011
Nice. This is a brilliant example of comercialism for good, the Epicentre is a successful, profitable business and that in tur pays for the re-equippng of new routes, Nice one guys!
7 Mar, 2011
Needlesports have been doing this for years. As one of the guide book editor to the new edition of the Borrowdale guide (due no time soon)! We have had pegs at our disposal for re-equipping old rotten pegs and for use on potential new routes. Some of the most active Climbers/ Crag cleaners in our area have also got access to the massive peg Arsenal that Needlesports have. This is the same case for the new Eastern guide that will be published this year and a few pegs will have already been replaced before the new guide comes out. If you know of any dangerous pegs in the Borrowdale area then please let the guys at Needlesports know or post a comment on the FRCC Website. Thanks
7 Mar, 2011
It's great that someone else is doing it as well. Let's keep the ball rolling, give it more publicity, get more people involved, get routes that are cleaned reported, hope for good weather - and it is all gold. Don't you think? Maybe the Logbook system at UKC can be involved here - as routes get cleaned and/or pegs replaced the entry for the route could reflect this. Thank you EpiCentre and Needlesports and anyone who puts the effort in. Mick
7 Mar, 2011
Mick, Would this be something that people would just add to the existing description, or are you thinking of a seperate field? Either way, I think it's a good idea that could be used to report on the state of a route/in situ gear regrdless of where in the country it is. Si
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