Elevation: 636 ft
GPS: 53.937, -1.594 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sam Feuerborn on Aug 4, 2009
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron
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Description

Can be windy and exposed to the elements, good to check the forecast. Arguably THE best grit stone crag in Yorkshire, that should be all the description you need. There are tons of classic routes, some tend to be a bit polished but it is not difficult to get away from that and onto something delightfully frictiony. Grades range from M to E5.

Getting There

Can approach off the Otley Rd. along new lane? or there is another approach from the other side. Walk up takes about 2 mins and is easy to figure out.

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Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
The climbing is split into three main sections. There are the boulders scattered at the bottom of the crag, the Low Man (the next level of rock up), and standing proud on top of it all the High Man, which contains the majority of the stand out routes. Aug 22, 2009
Reading the descriptions and looking at the photos indicates a small mediocre crag (by USA standards). However, I just made a visit yesterday on a whim and it changed my opinion!

Yes, Almscliffe is a small crag but it has an outstanding position on the top of a hill. This hill is the highpoint for a number of miles in all directions and the view of the green countryside is lovely. Next, the rock quality (gritstone) is superlative. It has high friction with no loose or sandy holds anywhere. Finally, the sculpted shape of the rock seems custom-made for climbing. There is much overhanging rock with numerous cracks and huecos. Also plentiful bouldering on smaller outliers.

Unfortunately, my hasty 30 minute visit saw me dressed in business attire with street shoes (although that did not preclude some half-hearted bouldering). Aug 12, 2013