Mountain Journeys

C Ordinary Route Dow crag – Classic Mountaineering on a Magnificent Crag


Dow crag - seen from the approach walk

Another brilliant day out in the mountains of the Lake District. This time with father & son team Ken & Angus, who were looking for something a little more than a walk in the mountains.
Well Dow crag certainly made sure they got more than a stroll!

We climbed the classic C Ordinary route which takes in the length of C Buttress up to Easy Terrace. The rock was warm and dry, despite the occasional chilly breeze.

From the terrace we decided to make this into a proper mountaineering day and continue to the summit via more scrambling.
The climbing on this route is mostly straightforward, with a few thought provoking sections, but what makes this a brilliant route are the positions. High above Goat's Water and with grandstand views to Coniston Old Man, Coniston Water, and over to the Irish Sea. This is a pretty special place.

Strong winds and drizzle met us at the summit, but who cares, we'd enjoyed a great time climbing and now for an easy walk back to the Walna scar.

Well done to Ken & Angus, their biggest summer climb to date.

For more information about our guided classic rock days see here

And for full guidebook descriptions of many Lakeland routes check out the FRCC guide


Cautionary note: a large flake of rock has fallen from high on this route. There is debris still in this area and care should be taken.


Moving together over easy climbing terrain on C Ordinary route Dow Crag


Top of C Ordinary route Dow Crag and enjoying the view



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