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17m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
An ascent of the great icon of Lakeland climbing doesn't disappoint. Start below the wide right-trending crack.
1) 4a, 14m. Take the awkward wide crack to its end and then move up left to a stance on the shoulder.
2) 4c, 6m. Gain the head-height ledge from the right, move left around the rib and make a thin move to the summit.
Descent - See opposite. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
The most popular way to the top of the Needle, with contrasting pitches, both very polished. The climb starts from the ledge just right of the gap.
1.) 13m, climb the crack, left, then right to its finish; then ascend an easy slab to the shoulder.
2.) 4m, the highly polished and notorious top block (crux). Mantleshelf onto the ledge below the top block (it is easier from the right hand corner but it can be climbed from the right hand corner). Traverse left onto the face of the top block and up to the top. Belay round and under the overhanging nose of the top block.

WP Haskett-Smith (solo) Jun/1886.

Ticklists

Classic Rock, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, My List, CUMC Ticklist, Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS, Lakeland's Greatest Pioneers, The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland, The Ultimate SUMC Ticklist, The Original 'Classic Rock' List, EUMC - Must do climbs, Nuts of Legends, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Climbs The Lake District, Lake District Classic Rock Challenge, Mountain Rock, ROCKFAX Lake District: Top 50, 2020 Trips, STAUMC Ticklist, Lakes Classic and Hard Rock Selection, A Lakeland Apprenticeship

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User Date Notes
JayWhiting 28 Aug Show βeta
βeta: Used a sling and the rope to lower down the second and then down climbed which was surprisingly easy. There's one thin move to get to the summit but it is a really positive right hand.
 
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βeta: Used a sling and the rope to lower down the second and then down climbed which was surprisingly easy. There's one thin move to get to the summit but it is a really positive right hand.
Lewis Johnstone 23 Apr, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Amazing day out combining both Napes Needle and Needle Ridge
 
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βeta: Amazing day out combining both Napes Needle and Needle Ridge

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Bowfell Buttress

Grade: HS 4b ***
(Bowfell)