Hard Rock Routes – The Lake District

Img_1928Dates: 06/07/15 – 10/07/15

Duration: 5 Climbing Days

Client Instructor Ratio: 1:2

Price: £430 (Course must be full for this price to apply – see page footnote)

Course Information

The Lake Distrcit is home to some of the best and most classic rock climbs in the UK, with Napes Needle being perhaps the first recorded rock climb in the country.  The course offers the chance to spend 5 days climbing routes from the hard back book by Ken Wilson, ‘Hard Rock’.  This book presents a list of selected classic hard routes from around the UK and has become a popular selecetion of routes to attempt to complete.  The routes are chosen for historical interest, or being unusual or just really great routes.

This course is run at a 1:2 guide client ratio and aims to complete as many of these routes as possible.  As this course is run in a more ‘Guided’ style it helps if people have a little rock climbing experience to avoid too much time being spent on instruction,  it is also important to have experience of following routes at the grade of British Very Severe (VS) and above, Contact Us to discuss this.  If you are not able to follow this grade then the ‘Classic Rock’ route selection might be more appropriate?, see our ‘Classic Rock’ courses.  More info on this approach is also in Guided day or Instruction – what’s best for you.

A list with British grades of the brilliant routes on offer in the Lake District is below;

  • Scafell            – Central Buttress E1
  • Ichabod E2
  • Esk Buttress – Central Pillar           E2
  • Heron Crag – Gormenghast E1
  • Gable – Engineers’ Slabs VS
  • Goat Crag – Praying Mantis E1
  • Gimmer – The Crack VS
  • Kipling Groove HVS
  • Castle Rock – North Crag Eliminate E1
  • Dove Crag – Extol E2

What is included

list-tick Guided/Instructed days out
list-tick Technical Equipment
list-tick Accommodation
list-tick Breakfast
list-cross Evening Meal
list-tick Daily Transport

Sometimes, depending on where people are travelling from, there is the potential to arrange car sharing reducing the travel costs for everyone as well as being a bit more eco friendly. Please let us know if this is of interest.

The relevant Kit List is in our Resources.

For more information please Contact Us.

Note – We can still run this course/trip even if it is not full, however there might be an additional charge to bring the price up to a minimum daily rate/trip price for the relevant course or trip. Should a course not be viable due to lack of numbers we can discuss other options with you. As everyone has different levels of flexibility with dates and cut-off times for cancellation it’s best if you let us know your situation when booking. In situations where you have offered last minute flexibility but Mountain Circles can not fill a course and has to cancel, we will refund the course fee and deposit in full, if you cancel from a course that is full and running then normal conditions apply, see Cancellations in How to book.

Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’