WASDALE


The birthplace of British mountaineering. Scafell has its fair share of hard mixed lines, and when they're in condition the gullies of the Wasdale Screes give some brilliant water ice routes. If conditions aren't so good, then from the Wasdale head you also have quick access to both Gable Crag and Great End. This makes Wasdale a good base for the winter climber visiting the Lakes.

Routes

91 winter routes (I...VIII)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Wasdale Screes
The big broken face above the Wasdale Screes. The gullies give some very high quality classic ice...
9
Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

35 mins

Overbeck Gullies
NY 167077 320m SW Facing Low lying and South Facing this crag gives a couple of traditional style...
1
Winter
Afternoon sun
Level

25 mins

Scafell Crag
GR. 209068 800m N Facing. From good reliable ice on the Shamrock routes to some of the hardest...
34
Winter
No sun
Uphill

90 mins

Scafell Shamrock
NY 205070 720m N Facing This is the first buttress that comes into view on the walk up from...
7
Winter
Afternoon sun
Uphill

60 mins

Scafell East Buttress
GR.215067 750m SE Facing There is potential for some desperate modern mixed routes here, the hard...
10
Winter
Lots of sun!
Uphill

90 mins

Black Crag (Scafell)
NY 201070 600m NW Facing On the right at the top of Brown Tongue, being lower and West facing this...
4
Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

60 mins

Pikes Crag
GR. 210071 750m W Facing Pikes crag dominates the head of the corrie as you walk up Brown...
17
Winter
Afternoon sun
Uphill

60 mins

Broad Crag
NY 220077 850m N Facing The high north facing crag on the N side of Broad Crag Approach:...
3
Winter
No sun
Uphill

120 mins

Lingmell
GR.210083 300m E Facing Because these routes start from such a low altitude a prolonged cold...
6
Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

30 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For WASDALE

    Steep Gill
    "I would have to agree with the above comments. I climbed it in poor conditions (..." 03/Nov top50

    Slingsby's Chimney Route
    "Thought the chimney was worth V5 as I couldn't excavate any pro in the thing (on..." 16/Dec top50

    Crenation Ridge
    "Some difficult short steps, we thought II 4 the day we did it!" 04/May

    Steep Gill Direct start
    "Felt like a sustained, technical 6, with gear not always easy to spot in a moss ..." 15/Mar top50

    Slingsby's Chimney Route
    "Just adding to above, Slingsby's Chimney's desperate but only for about three mo..." 05/Apr top50

    Moss Gill
    "climbed moss gill on 16/3/06 and agree with much of above and would put it at V ..." 31/Mar top50

    The Direct Route
    "The start we took direct and seemed fairly tough and steep to me for a grade (II..." 23/Mar

    Moss Gill
    "Did Moss Ghyll on 18.3.06 in good condition. To my mind the pitches were: 1. ..." 20/Mar top50

    The Direct Route
    "A good start and then the route eases until below the obvious cascade where a va..." 14/Nov

    Great Gully
    "The right hand finish is by far the better way from the amphitheatre. In good co..." 14/Sep

    Steep Gill
    "I agree with Bob. Should be V 5 at least and may even be VI 5" 21/Nov top50

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