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Little Chamonix 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 210'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Bently Beetham . May 1946
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Dec 11, 2009

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My first ever day on a rock climb 1952. We followe...

Description 

Shepherds Crag has about 130 routes to choose from of all grades. It is about 100 yards from the road which adds to its popularity. Possibly due to its low grade and fine situations Little Chamonix could be the most climbed and photographed route in the Lake District. It has been climbed in roller skates and boxing gloves,and other stunts, such as one arm ,one leg etc.. .P1)Start up a corner with a short crack. Climb the crack left of the pedestal blocks.Move up into the groove the left over a flake mantleshelf to big ledge with belays5.4 90'P2) Up earth ledges to belay below a groove.40'P3)Climb the groove until the overhang is reached. Move across the table block then step across and up to the saddle belay.5.4 40'P4)Climb up steep flakes to a move right then move off the top of the flake to a fine finish and great views .

Location 

See topo photo. One will usually find help to find the climbs ,as the crag is very popular

Protection 

A small rack.


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2007.Last time back in Borrowdale anniversary solo
2007.Last time back in Borrowdale anniversary solo
The first pitch
The first pitch
The Crag divided into sections . More routes will follow. Drawing by the late Len Roop.
The Crag divided into sections . More routes will ...
The final pitch. The belayer Peter Lockey is sat on the saddle.
The final pitch. The belayer Peter Lockey is sat o...
 About 1966 .The Lamplighter Folk group from Keswick poised for this photo taken to promote an apperance on a BBC radio show.I was one of them !
About 1966 .The Lamplighter Folk group from Keswi...
 Great views above the Derwentwater Lake . The town of Keswick lies at the head of the lake
Great views above the Derwentwater Lake . The tow...
61 years later P. Ross 27th July 2013. Photo Pete Armstrong
61 years later P. Ross 27th July 2013. Photo Pete ...

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