Mountain Journeys

Rock climbing – Langdale

Rock climbing in the Lake District - Raven crag, Langdale

Helen on the final pitch of Original Route, Raven crag

Guided rock climbing - Lake District

Climbers on Mendes, Raven crag

After a morning spent over in the lovely Yewdale valley, enjoying the Raven crag scramble, our afternoon has been spent on another Raven crag, the one in Langdale. So many Raven crags, so confusing!

I was climbing with Helen who was keen to sample more of the fine routes this Langdale crag has to offer. As it was mid-afternoon it seemed fitting to begin with 'Evening Wall' a brilliant route that can be done in 2 or 3 pitches, we chose 3 for ease of communication.
The rock was warm and dry, a delight to touch and climb on. For Helen, this would be the first time rock climbing on the main buttress of Raven crag, so the descent was new to her. On first acquaintance it looks a bit improbable, but the down-climb is okay, if a little exposed. We even found some 'crag swag' on our way off 🙂

After a quick bite to eat and drink it was back on the rock, this time for the longer 'Original Route' which goes up the centre of the crag from the lowest point. We also climbed this in 3 pitches, but can easily be split into 5 or even 6, but by now we had the crag to ourselves so communication was much easier and the long pitches felt really good.  

Six fantastic pitches of rock climbing in Langdale, undoubtedly the finest valley in the Lake District, for a climber, scrambler, or hill walker.

Thanks Helen




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