Aborted Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag (18km) I was aiming for a scramble (grade 1) up Cockly Pike ridge onto Ill Crag but ended up backing out, ostensibly due to lack of time, but I might have been a little scared! Review of Mountain Journeys. I did the first two rocky pyramids but then backed off since I only had three hours to do it and then descend. Grade 2 and 3 Scrambles. If you’ve got the energy, you could climb all the 914m peaks in the area – or the Furth Munros – in a satisfying 20km outing that includes Scafell. This was a nice little scramble. Gone are the tumbled rocks and broken boulders, replaced with a luxuriant, flat turf, good enough to get a … I did a quick shoe change and considered putting a lightweight jacket on, but didn't bother. Close the loop by heading over the mountain's three lesser tops, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End, each as worthwhile as the Pike itself. This site is built by its members, and we welcome you to contribute: Aborted Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag (18km) I was aiming for a scramble (grade 1) up Cockly Pike ridge onto Ill Crag but ended up backing out, ostensibly due to lack of time, but I might have been a little scared! Ill Crag I’m afraid we’d been a little disappointed on Day 1 of our latest hiking trip in the Lakes, having had to rein in our multi-peak agenda due to bad weather. Approach from Seathwaite. Firstly we have the Esk Gorge for company, then onto the wide open expanse of the Great Moss, walking beneath the Esk Buttress and finally to the base of Ill Crag. Ill Crag South East Face Scramble From Eskdale. Negotiating the section known as "The Bad Step" By this time I had reached the top of Sharp Edge with Fudge and was able to watch the group As an example, climbers used to leading E1 would probably regard C Route on Dow Crag as a scramble. And today i'm back in Langdale, this time for a full day of Rock Scrambling. What defines a scramble depends on your head for heights and your experience. Summit Comment Fergalh an hour ago Parked at Wasdale Water and followed the crows heading for Scafell Pike on the track. This walk ignores the Pike's near neighbour Scafell, the direct route to which is via the notorious rock step of Broad Stand, a serious little scramble best left to climbers. Straightforward in essence Symonds Knott: One of the 3'000 ers in Engalnd. The cloud level had dropped to below 500m as we began our scramble up the wonderful rough rock of the initial slabs. Contrasting scramble; an enclosed uncomplicated gill followed by an exposed crag, with intricate route finding that leads to Lower Man and Helvellyn. There is information on safety and equipment, and listings of scrambles by location and grade allow the reader to assemble their own tailor-made combination of routes. Whatever the hill is called it was good to get my scrambling muscles warmed up. The scramble along the arete continues. The view ahead from the arete to Foule Crag - there is still a fair amount of scrambling to do before the summit ridge is gained. It is a sea of boulder and rock. Mark, who i've previously climbed with on Ill Crag (Scafell range) was back in the Lake District and keen for more quality scrambling and had chosen Langdale for this, good choice. The climb up to Ill Crag is the first real scramble. Each scramble is clearly described with notes about grade, quality, aspect and approach, with colour maps and topos to aid navigation. Feedback comments are intended to give extra information about a route which may be helpful to other climbers. Logged Descriptions (logged by 827 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all) By: Date of Ascent: With the kids. Parked at Seathwaite, ascended via Styhead Tarn and corridor route. Kids loved the scramble near the top! Circular route of Scafell Pike > Broad Crag > Ill Crag … We began with 'The Groove' on Tarn Crag. 7 The top of Cam Crag … The path drops down then climbs back up Broad Crag, then drops again, climbing back up Ill Crag before flattening. ... Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick from Mardale Ill Bell. While thousands of hikers pass within a few feet of the summit every year, most do not climb its rocky slopes. At 930m above sea level it's one of the big Lakeland tops. I did the first two rocky pyramids but then backed off since I only had three hours to do it and then descend. Unfortunately, the trail is neither clear nor obvious, so you’ll need some pathfinding skills. Such a magical place. Then over the aptly named Great Moss. Upper Eskdale Ill Crag ­ Eskdale 3 13.5km / 8.4 miles with a lot of ascent and descent One of the longest continuous Day 1 Multi day trip. Nb. After Broad Crag we headed up another top called Ill Crag - there was supposedly a geocache hidden somewhere on it. Scramble. Belay where possible (grade 17) Pitch 3 Straight up easy slab to top, long run outs on good rock (grade 12) #Note bolts in top of cave protecting crux may need replacing. The conical summit of Ill Crag is bound together by much larger boulders than we had seen during the ascent of the ridge, if our legs weren’t already tired by the thrashing they had received now was the time to muster that last bit of strength before reaching the summit. Standing at 3,064 feet (934 meters), Broad Crag is the fourth highest peak in the Scafell range, following Scafell Pike, Scafell and Ill Crag. Almost upon the summit of Ill Crag. The most fun way up Scafell Pike is a scramble up Cockly Pike Ridge on the southern face of Ill Crag (avoid the much more difficult Grade 3 scramble on the south-east slope). The Ill Bell Ridge now dominates my left flanks with Ill Bell (second summit along the ridge) not revealing too much of the north east ridge through the haze. It is my guess that Ill Crag is not visited as much as it should be - it is off the main path back to Esk Hause and involves a bouldery clamber to gain its summit but it is worth it for the views to Crinkle Crags & the Coniston Fells - and it is a Furth also therefore worth the trip. The ascent of Long Stile is an easy scramble, hence the reason for not including this walk in the ‘scrambles’ section of the website; it is splendid throughout. Scafell Pike from Seathwaite in Borrowdale via the Corridor Route is a classic Lakeland fell walk. The scramble terminates at a big cairn by the summit of Ill Crag. August 2015 | Sun-kissed rock and stunning scrambling high above Langstrath. But … This is a full walk and returns over Broad Crag, Ill The way up Ill Crag was a bit of a scramble, once on the top I had a good look round for the geocache but gave up when the GPS was seemingly pointing me down a cliff! The bouldery Ill Crag - Great End ridge Other than craggy approaches and a lofty height, Great End does not share the summit characteristics of Scafell Pike or Ill Crag. Ill Crag: Last of the five 3,000 'ers. Pitch 2 Up shallow grove to nearly full rope length on spaced natural pro. SummitPost is a collaborative content community focused on climbing, mountaineering, hiking and other outdoor activities. A greasy scramble up Ill Crag from Eskdale : dav2930: 14/06/2017: 5: Wasdale Horseshoe 12: Yewbarrow to Scafell - & clear sky! As it stands, the route above includes the summits of Ill Crag and Broad Crag, with Great End only a diversion of a few 100m. Scramble; Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag, long mountaineering scramble, Grade 1, two-star route. Thornthwaite Crag from Mardale Ill Bell. You even get to walk up Scafell Pike twice! This is a place more people should visit, spectacular and timeless. Crescent Climb (moderate rock climb) on Pavey Ark may be a scramble to some, but the lack of protection and exposure would render this a rock climb to others. By now the mist was think and the rain persistent, so pretty chilly. As the path descends to the saddle at Esk Hause, take a left turn on a trail that almost doubles back on itself (6 on the map). Broad Crag is the fourth highest peak in the Scafell range, coming after Scafell Pike, Scafell and (just) Ill Crag, although it is normally treated as a subsidiary summit of Scafell Pike. Pitch 1 Up ill defined grove into shallow cave; through cave (crux) and belay above on bolts (grade 23). The boulder quotient does not let up as you descend over Broad Crag and reach the last scramble patch up to stunning Scafell Pike. However, on a sunny day, it is well worth a scramble to the top. We had “only” climbed one mountain, albeit a mighty good one – Scafell Pike, which we had scaled in the clag for the third time! Walking | Cam Crag Ridge & Ill Crag. Mark was a great guide, very professional. The sight of which can only spur you on. You’re now in amongst the best and most spectacular scenery in the whole the Lake District, with Scafell, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End, Bowfell, and Crinkle Crags visible and a really wild and remote feel. This is the scramble at Dropping Crag.. Follow the felltop path roughly south for approximately 30 minutes and scramble up the final rocks to the summit of Glaramara (783m). To comply with regulations designed to minimise the COVID risk, please confirm with the organiser via e-mail or Facebook if you want to attend this meet or have any questions about it. “You can either scramble up a steep, polished groove between the Needle and the crag to get to the start of Needle Ridge - a move known as ‘threading the Needle,” explains Iain, "You'll then need to descend a short distance down the other side to reach the ledge from … This can include 'βeta' which is crucial information about the route which may be how to do a move, or tips about hidden holds or gear. (At point 5 on the map there is an easy optional detour to the summit of Great End). Fantastic approach to Upper Eskdale to scramble up one of the lesser frequented of the Scafells, Ill Crag. 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