Ideas by Chris, words by Anne
The high mountain crags on Bowfell are a beautiful place to spend some time, with excellent climbing in a great setting. They are usually fairly quiet, although you may have to join the queue for the classic Bowfell Buttress on a sunny summer's day. It has many memories for me, some good, some not so good. Two that stand out are both from blistering hot late June days, 23 years apart.
11th June 1988 was the last day of our honeymoon. We were back at home in the Lakes after two weeks in France, the weather was fantastic, so we climbed Bowfell Buttress and finished off a great day with a meal at the Britannia Inn at Elterwater. Later that evening, sunstroke set in, and my lovely dinner came back up. 3rd June 2011 had a much better ending. I climbed Bowfell Buttress with clients - family team Tim, Elis & Arran Rees. We met up with Anne, Sam and the other half of the Rees family on the summit, and on the way back down we had a refreshing dip in Oxendale beck.
Here's my pick of routes on the Bowfell crags.
All single pitch routes
First climbed: 1966 / Current grade: E1 5a*** / Length of route: 35m
First climbed: 1968 / Current grade: E2 5c*** / Length of route: 35m
First climbed: 1947 / Current grade: E2 5b*** / Length of route: 36m
A fantastic route in a brilliant location! A few awkward moves give a great outing and a great way to get to the top of the mountain. In winter it is given grade V.
First climbed: 1902 / Current grade: HS*** / Length of route: 106m / Number of pitches: 5
Bowfell Buttress Eliminate
First climbed: 1964 / Current grade: E2 5b** / Length of route: 67m / Number of pitches: 5
First climbed: 1979 / Current grade: E2 5b*** / Length of route: 36m / Number of pitches: 1