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Craig Matheson cuts loose on The Wasdale Roof (E3), The Napes (Photo: Al Phizacklea)

Craig Matheson cuts loose on The Wasdale Roof (E3), The Napes (Photo: Al Phizacklea)

The FRCC published its first climbing guide to Doe Crag in 1922, and has continued producing the guides to the Lakeland and outlying crags. The Guidebooks page show the latest volumes in this ever evolving series. 

Recording New Routes & Comments
We value and rely on the comments of all climbers that help to improve our guides and your opinions are essential to the production of guides that you find useful and practical.

To view the latest new routes please see our Latest Climbs page. New routes can also be viewed in guidebook and crag order and a print-out of new climbs on any particular crag obtained - simply click on the relevant link on the left and follow your nose.

To submit new routes etc: you will need to Log In with a log in name and a password. This is simple; all you need is the name of the most famous Lakeland pinnacle (all one word, lower case) and the password - the year of the first ascent of Napes Needle (hint!) (if you don't know this date try the archive section).

To submit a new route: Check if your crag is already on the database. If it isn't, then add it. If it is an existing crag in the guide then give the guidebook page number. If it is a new crag the give the grid reference (in the form NY 123 456). Having located/created the crag, go to that crag (in cyberspace) and add your new route.

To comment on an existing route: first locate/create the crag as above, then locate/create the route (selecting Existing Route in the drop down box), then go to the route and add your comment, stars etc.

Buttresses can only be added by the Editor which he will do if things get a bit crowded. If your buttress is not already on the database please include its name in the description and it may get added.

Your route may not appear in the correct order on the crag initially but this should be corrected by the Editor.

Archived Routes: Many routes are now omitted from the current guidebooks - the climb could not be located, it is overgown, dangerous, or of very poor quality - and in some cases all three. The Archived Routes section contains the descriptions. Some may not have been checked and are recorded for historical interest. If exploring these routes you should exercise extreme caution. The approximate location of the route may be in the current guide.

Copyright: The information contained in these pages is copyright the FRCC and is provided free for non-commercial use. Commercial users, or those wishing to distribute any of this information, should contact the FRCC Guidebooks Secretary for permission - this requirement is waived for those writing routes reports and similar articles for the climbing press.

Disclaimer: Climbing carries the risk of injury or death, the presumption is that the climber accepts these risks and that they accept personal responsibility for their own actions and involvement. As the sources used are varied and unreliable, and the nature of a climb or crag described may alter the FRCC does not accept any liability for any of the information provided.The BMC now provides third party liability cover for members and members of affiliated clubs.

This is a very new system and it would be surprising if there were not a few gremlins lurking in it somewhere. If you have any problems using it please email the Climbs Editor.

Please note that these pages are only for recording new routes and commenting on existing ones and other aspects of the FRCC's guidebooks. The forums at UK Climbing are useful for anything else...