The section of crags on Great Gable known as The Napes is widely regarded as being the home of British climbing, ever since the 1880’s climbers have been drawn to climb on these superb and sunny crags. Successive generations of pioneers have left their mark in the form of a great collection of classic test-pieces, from Needle Ridge (VD 1886) and Napes Needle (HS 1886) to Eagle’s Nest Ridge Direct (MVS 1892); from the impressive Tophet wall (HS 1923) and Incantations (E6 1984) to Breathless (E9 2000). In addition to The Napes the super outcrop of Kern Knotts is a fun venue while the austere north facing Gable Crag gives a selection box of classics on the impressive sweep known as Engineer’s Slab.
Pillar Rock is one of the few Lakeland summits that needs some skill on rock in order to reach its top, the first confirmed ascent was in 1826, sixty years before Napes Needle was climbed. In Victorian times reaching its summit was a much coveted prize and over the decades a large number of routes have been made on the different faces of The Rock. Approaches to the rock are invariably long and its remoteness puts many people off making a visit; all the better for those in “the know” who get great routes to themselves! In more recent times other remote crags have been developed in the Coves overlooking Ennerdale, there are lots of great routes to go at and they are even less crowded that Pillar Rock.
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