Corvus Raven Crag Borrowdale
The Lakes is full of brilliant rock climbs right throughout the grade spectrum. Short, easily accessible single pitch routes, also there's easy access multi-pitch. And for those willing to walk a little further, there's the mountain routes, these hold the most reward for anyone willing to put the effort in.
It was a mountain route we had in mind for Friday. I've climbed with Jane for a few years now and we've climbed many of the classics in the Lakes. Liking a longer approach and top quality rock, our plan was to check out 'Grey crags' high above Buttermere.
However the weather had other plans for us. With a brisk wind and showery conditions, with fairly low temperatures too, we decided to stay a little lower and instead headed to Raven crag in Combe Ghyll. 'Corvus' is the classic of the crag and at about 150m is one of the longest routes in Borrowdale. The approach walk is straightforward and takes a little under 1 hour, and arriving at the crag definitely feels like arriving in the mountains.
There was much wet rock above us as we geared up. But this is 'a route for all seasons' and is actually quite fun when damp. Jane led off first and we alternate led the whole way up, with Jane getting the tremendous 'hand traverse' lead, nice one.
Everything flowed well and all too quickly we were sat at the top of the route enjoying a well earned lunch break.
Having made the effort to carry our bags with us, we were able to complete a full circuit along the broad, grassy ridge and back down to the car.
A really good day in the mountains, thanks Jane.
For more information about Classic Rock days in the Lake District see here