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Shepherds Crag  


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Looking north down Derwent Water towards the town ...

Description 

The Lake District's most northern valley Borrowdale although only eight miles long has over 1200 climbs to choose from ,some great some not so great.It also is often claimed to be the most beautiful valley in the Lake District.The first recorded climb in Borrowdale was in 1892 by the Abraham brothers from Keswick, this town is at the entrance of the valley.Seathwaith a two or three house village at the top of the valley has the distinction as being the wettest residence in England with over 85" of rain per year.The town of Keswick has many outdoor gear shops and about 30 pubs . The hiking and scenery is some of the best in the world....everything a climber can wish for ! Guide books for climbs in the Lake District are publised by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and available in all book and outdoor shops.

Getting There 

The town of Keswick at the head of the valley is located in the NW of England is about 40 miles from the Scottish border. The nearest intonational airport is Manchester an easy 100 mile drive north mostly on Motorway. Keswick (pop.5000)

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shepherds Crag:
Little Chamonix   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 4 pitches, 210'   
Ardus    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 140'   
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Climber on the final pitch.Photo by Ron Kenyon

Ardus 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Shepherds Crag
One of the best climbs on the crag of moderate difficulty.The climb was named after a local lady bartender. P1)Ascend to the right up to a block belay at the start of the main corner 60'5.6 P2)Climb the block and corner to another block belay 40' 5.6 P3 Traverse out left across the exposed slab for about 15' then climb a crack to the top.45' 5.7. Direct Finish. Climb the corner above the belay. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Borrowdale Robin
Borrowdale Robin
Helicopter rescue on Shepherds Crag. Borrowdale
Helicopter rescue on Shepherds Crag. Borrowdale
Chris Bonington with Blencathra Badger
Chris Bonington with Blencathra Badger
Rescue of injured climber, 5th October 2013
Rescue of injured climber, 5th October 2013
Walking down Latrigg towards the town of Keswick lies at the head of the Borrowdale Valley. Bowker
Walking down Latrigg towards the town of Keswick l...
 Derwentwater, and the Borrowdale Valley.
Derwentwater, and the Borrowdale Valley.
Chris Bonington coming up first pitch of Brown Crag Wall
Chris Bonington coming up first pitch of Brown Cra...
Injured climber being air lifted from a fall on Sheperds crag.
Injured climber being air lifted from a fall on Sh...
Chris on second Pitch . Brown Crag Wall
Chris on second Pitch . Brown Crag Wall
These rescues are free of any cost to the injured, as with later hospital care. The local Keswick Rescue Team  do the ground work and the Royal Air Force do the air lifts.
These rescues are free of any cost to the injured,...
Derwentwater with Walla Crag and Falcon Crag in background
Derwentwater with Walla Crag and Falcon Crag in ba...
Brown Slabs 1953
Brown Slabs 1953

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