Boat How Crags..Kirk Fell. Rock Climbing
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Boat How crags are located on the Ennerdale Valley side of the Kirk Fell mountain.The first recorded route on the main crag was Larboard Arete 5.6 by George Basterfield in 1925.After this era it was 1940 when the next major route was climbed by Sid Cross and party The Prow of the Boat HVS (5.8). Again the exploration was dormant until 1969 when I.Roper and party added Landlubber and the fine climb of Fanghorn using 3 points of aid. These aids points were reduced to one by Bill Lounds and K.Bliss in 1975 and later the whole route was freed at E3.5C (5.10+) and a alternative finish added by Dave Birkett Paul Ross and Sue Wood in 1995.On the same day the same team added Flagship E5.5C (5.11a/bR),the route is now referred to as the pride of Ennerdale. Since 1995 exploration has produced ten more climbs on the main face.
From Wasdale take a path to Beck Head via Gavel Neese on Great Gable. From Beck Head left up the east shoulder of Kirk Fell,beyound the steep section bear off to the right until one can see the buttress.From the top of Honister Pass (end of the Borrowdale Valley) follow the old mine tramway passed the quarry car park.After just under a mile take the well worn path to the left. Follow this and eventually Moses Trod below Gable Crag continue until the crag comes into view high up to the left.see Frcc rock climbing guide book to Gable and Pillar.
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