Page: 5 Alt: 590m GR: 169 100 Direction: East South East
This is the first concentration of outcrops high on the eastern face of Red Pike. The crags are arranged in several disjointed tiers, the rock type varies between friable and mossy to excellent.
There are two ways to get to this crag, both require quite an expenditure of energy The shortest approach is up the valley from Wasdale Head, where the path across the old packhorse bridge is taken up the left side of the beck. About half a kilometre beyond the washed out scree chute of Dore Head, follow a beck which issues steeply from a rather indistinct combe. There are many outcrops high in this combe, the most prominent one from the valley floor is a vertical wall on the left, Bull Crag, but on closer inspection this is extremely mossy. This is a steep and strenuous approach.
The easier approach is from the car park at Netherbeck Bridge, half way along the shore of Wastwater. Follow the steep ridge running up towards Yewbarrow, but, before the crags on the ridge are reached, follow the good path rising leftwards which eventually meets the top of the Dore Head scree run, overlooking the lower end of Mosedale. Walk up leftwards, towards Red Pike, passing the first projecting shoulder on the ridge, before contouring across the steep fellside to reach the crag, Either approach should take less than an hour.
This is the lowest collection of slabs and steep walls in the centre of the combe. The first route starts at the lowest point, 100m below and right of a prominent perched boulder.
|Grade: E2||Route Length: 20m||First Ascent: 18/08/1998||Comments: 0|
|Grade: S||Route Length: 24m||First Ascent: 18/08/1998||Comments: 0|
|Grade: E3||Route Length: 25m||First Ascent: 18/08/1998||Comments: 0|
The wall right of the gully above the previous routes which leads onto the summit ridge. There is a distinctive chockstone high in this gully, the routes start 30 metres below this. The easiest approach is from the ridge above, the chockstone can be passed on its right side (looking out).
|Grade: MS||Route Length: 35m||First Ascent: 06/09/1999||Comments: 0|
|Grade: S||Route Length: 33m||First Ascent: 06/09/1999||Comments: 0|
These lie about 250 metres right of the Lower Buttress. The area consists of several isolated buttresses formed into two tiers. The rock is generally good, but it displays more striations on the Upper Tier. The only route recorded so far climbs the prominent central pillar at the lower end of a grassy gully, there is a conspicuous corner crack to its left.
|Grade: E1||Route Length: 23m||First Ascent: 18/08/1998||Comments: 0|