Altitude 723m a.s.l
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Ingleborough is one of the great peaks of these isles offering views west to Lakeland and the Irish Sea, east to Pen-y-ghent, south to Pendle Hill and north to the Ribblehead Viaduct. The main climbing attraction of the peak is for winter fun. Black Shiver in particular has value to climbers as an oddity in providing one very decent Grade I/II winter route (Black Shiver Gully) and a number of winter variations at the same grade thereabouts. Its exposed situation high up on the northwest face of Ingleborough means it retains snow for long periods and build-ups of firm neve and good frozen turf are not too uncommon. While ice build-up is usually limited, it is not completely unknown. A photo topo for the winter climb Black Shiver Gully is included in the photos here. While a PDF mini guide to the peak by the indomitable local enthusiast and UKC user John Hunt is expected 2021.The rock of the broken outcrops on the hill morph from a band of limestone to a band of gritstone, in a less obvious manner to that of Penyghent. There is limited potential for rock climbing beyond very short trad routes, boulder problems and imaginative scrambling lines. While on the whole the rock climbing is more prone to choss and most will eschew it in favour of better outings, there is definitely room for further development and those wanting to get away from the crowds might find some hidden treasures among occasional perfect splitter cracks.
For climbing at Black Shiver or Falls Foot either take the path to the summit from Ingleton up Fell Lane, diverge north across the open Falls Foot moorland and then ascend to the desire buttress or take the summit path from above The Old Hill Inn near Chapel le Dale to Humphrey Bottom and then contour along the moorland, ascending to the desired buttress.
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