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Great Gable 899m is a very popular Mountain for both hikers and climbers. The Famous Napes Needle on the crags of Great Gable was one of the first recorded rock climbs in Britain, climbed solo by WP Heskett Smith in 1886 prior to this climb The Needle Ridge(behind the Needle) was climbed in 1884 again by WP Heskett Smith.The first lady to climb the Needle was in 1890.
Since then about 480 climbs have been recorded on Great Gable from the very easy to E9 (5.14a)The Climbs can be approached both from the Borrowdale Valley (11/2 to 2 hours walk) and from about the same time from the Wasdale Valley.

Getting There 

From Seathwaite in the Borrowdale Valley about 8 miles from Keswick,or from Wasdale Head pub at the top of the Wasdale Valley. Rock Climb descriptions in the FRCC Gable and Pillar guide book.

Climbing Season

For the England area.

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Napes ,Great Gable:
Napes Needle   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 6'   
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Napes Needle 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : The Napes ,Great Gable
Napes Needle is perhaps the most recognized piece of rock in the UK, and the most photograpthed.One of the earliest climbs in Britain and quite ahead of its time for a daring solo ascent in nailed boots.There are now about seven routes and variations on this relatively small pinnacle of rock from 5.6 (HS) to an unprotected 5.8 (HVS) . Described is perhaps the most popular way via the Wasdale Crack.P1).The crack is well polished ,climb it first left then right to its top then an easy slab to the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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