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Gillercombe Buttress – Lake District Classic rock at its best


Gillercombe Buttress

Gillercombe Buttress

More sunny weather again here in the Lakes and what better way to spend a warm, sunny day than on a long classic rock climb.
Today I was joined by Joe who had chosen the super long classic 'Gillercombe Buttress' in the Borrowdale valley. This mighty route is almost 200 metres long, making it one of the longest routes in the District.

Clean, solid rock, superb views, an amazing setting, and relatively easy access all add up to make this a route well worth seeking out by the connoisseur of mountain solitude and beautiful rock climbing.

We split the route up into about 7 pitches. Taking our time, soaking up the views, and stopping for snacks on the belay ledges.

I speak to many climbers who don't like repeating routes, which is fair enough. I've now climbed Gillercombe Buttress around 10 times and every time it's just as enjoyable and fun as the first. Finding different ways to make a move, different gear placements, different colours in the rock, and of course the ever changing view. Repeating a route can so often bring new joys, if you've not tried it then why not give it a go.

Thanks Joe for good climbing and company today. And to the weather gods for bathing us in sunshine.

For more information about classic rock climbs in the Lake District check out article in Climber Magazine that's a photo of us in action on Gillercombe Buttress.



Final pitch of Gillercombe Buttress


Looking over to The Gables & Scafell range from Gillercombe



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