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West Flank of Crinkles

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A collection of small crags of excellent rock, reached in about 1hr from Wrynose Pass.


Chicken Skin Slabs

A sunny west-facing slab with two main crack lines.

Chicken Skin Left-Hand
  Grade: VS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 12/06/2004 Comments: 0
 
Chicken Skin Right-Hand
  Grade: HVS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 12/06/2004 Comments: 0
 

Long Top

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Further right of Chicken Skin Slabs is another fine wall about the same height, with an overlap at half-height.

1. Active Involvement
  Grade: HVS Route Length: 18m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 
2. Spring Crack
  Grade: VS Route Length: 18m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 

Swinsty Gill Crag

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Ten minutes right of Long Top, at the top of Swinsty Gill, is this last sector. What this tiny crag lacks in height it makes up for in magnificent views The rock is clean and dries quickly. GR 2475 0435.

Max Biden adds: Swinsty Gill Crag, Crinkle Crags 247044 West facing

A very pleasant crag in a great setting, with superb views over the Scafells and down Eskdale. Easily found by veering off slightly south of west from the track that skirts the first Crinkle when approaching from Wrynose Pass (about one hour), and heading off down a beck that drains the boggy area south of that Crinkle. The crag will be found on the right as one descends. The rock is immaculate, clean, solid and rough, and generally dries quickly. The left side of the crag provides lots of opportunities for easier grade routes or scrambling.

We climbed the four routes already recorded. Current website descriptions OK, but suggest the following grades and lengths. The last 10m of all routes consists of easier climbing to a belay platform.

Sardine Sally ** VS (4c) 32m
Uncle Frank’s Tomato ** VS (4c) 32m
Wadeson’s Ring-Pull Dilema*** VS (4b) 30m - An excellent line and consistency of grade.
Flexible Bretheren VS (4c) 30m (Should not this be “Brethren”?)
Descents: Traverse slightly up and across rightwards to easy ground.

Rainbow Arête
  Grade: VS Route Length: 32m First Ascent: 11/05/2008 Comments: 0
 
3. Sardine Sally
  Grade: HVS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 
4. Uncle Frank's Tomato
  Grade: VS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 
5. Wadeson's Ring-Pull Dilemma
  Grade: VS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 
Sunshine Groove
  Grade: VS Route Length: 30m First Ascent: 11/05/2008 Comments: 0
 
6. Flexible Bretheren
  Grade: VS Route Length: 15m First Ascent: 06/07/2004 Comments: 0
 
Catching Some Rays
  Grade: S Route Length: 20m First Ascent: 11/05/2008 Comments: 0