Langdale Rock Climbing
There is lots of great climbing here in the Lake District, much of it up on the mountain crags. Herein lies the problem. The mountain crags take longer to dry than those nestling in the warm valleys. So whilst Scafell crag is impeccable in every way, with immaculate rock, atmosphere and glorious views as well as an illustrious history. For most of the year it is cold and wet. This is where Gimmer crag steps in, and for me it takes the crown from Scafell. Gimmer is rapid drying and in condition lots. With glorious views and wonderful climbing throughout the grades and being particularly good from VD-E1.
This week I was out with Emma - friend and regular walking guide for us here at Mountain Journeys - showing her the delights of this special place. We started up Middlefell Buttress, then walked over to Gimmer and climbed the classic 'Ash tree slabs' in one big pitch. There was some lingering dampness from early rain, but this didn't affect the climbing at all.
Once up on Ash Tree Ledge it was quite windy so we stuck with easy climbing and took on Oliverson's variation and Lyon's crawl. This weaves an intricate line across the crag and to the top. Some showers joined us giving rather atmospheric climbing but not dampening our spirits. As we had carried our backpacks we could now enjoy the long scramble up to the summit of Loft crag. A proper mountaineering day and all on impeccable rock.
The rest of this week has been spent mostly in gorges and canyons, having tons of fun with lovely people all seeking an adventure.
If visiting the Lake District and looking to add some more fun or want to learn some new skills for the mountains, please do get in touch. We still have some availability for August and plenty for September.
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