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The traditional center of rock climbing in Britain. Although rock climbs were done prior to the ascents here, it is the ascent of Napes Needle by Hasket Smith in 1886 which is popularly regarded as the UK's first rock climb which satisfied the requirements of such - i.e doing it for its own sake.
All of them can claim to have magnificent traditional mountain routes.
Where to stay
Although there are some local B&B's and Inns, The Wasdale Head Inn is the place to stay (get reservations) because it is steeped in climbing history and old pictures and climbing gear adorn the walls. An alternate is Strands Hotel at Nether Wasdale, they have mirco-brewery on site!!! There's also a large campsite, for those inclined or short of cash, nice if the weather's fine.
An adventure unto itself! But what the heck, you're driving a rental! Exit from the M6 North at Junction 36 and towards the town of Newby Bridge (A590) from there it's still the A590, then the A595 to Ravenglass, continue to Gosforth. Now turn right onto a narrow road which (if you follow the signs) will take you east to Wasdale Head (on single lane roads).
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Flagship 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c International : United Kingdom : ... : Boat How Crags..Kirk Fell.
The pride of Ennerdale!. The climb takes a direct line up the main face of Boat How,between Numenor and Fanghorn. Perhaps only skyhooks will prevent ground fall from the crux...P1. Climb a short slab to a piton at 15', Sustained technical climbing straight up for about 50'past three short grooves to a piton on the right.Move back from the piton and make delicate moves left to small cracks and some good placements.Continue straight up the steep groove ,pull out right and follow slabs to the top. ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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