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Castle Rock Block Finally Falls

The large section of rock - estimated at 500 tonnes - that has been threatening to detach from Castle Rock of Triermain in Cumbria has finally tumbled. The area remains unstable and the BMC are warning climbers to refrain from visiting the site or climbing on the newly exposed face.

The block has detached from Castle Rock., 222 kb
The block has detached from Castle Rock.
© Vicky Bowman, United Utilities

Rob Dyer, BMC access and conservation officer, commented in a BMC news piece: 'United Utilities reported today that the large block at the top of the North Buttress of Castle Rock of Triermain in the Lake District, which has been showing signs of slumping for several years, has finally fallen. Fortunately the falling rock hit the scree slope under the crag and came to rest before hitting any buildings below.'

The signs of a possible rockfall were first spotted in 2011 (UKC news report), when the significant fissure became apparent. The crack was closely studied by an automated monitoring system installed by Newcastle and Durham Universities this year, which showed acceleration in the widening of the crack in September.

Once the new face stabilises, the potential for new routes will no doubt attract some keen first ascensionists.



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Good work Dom. I actually wish I was there right now, instead of working in West Africa, as the obvious corner/groove/crack line slightly left of centre in the newly exposed section could well become a classic within...
I popped down to Castle Rock this afternoon with a mate to have a look. I also took my little drone to get some visuals on the face. You should be able to see them on my Instagram here if you're interested! RIP North...
  Hi Rick – thought you might chip in again when you saw it was the old Original Yorkshire Passport Holder (you invented the name) on the South Crag last Monday.  Must be three years since we last traded banter at...
In reply to Neil Foster In defence of our failure to immediately recognise the Castle Rock exfoliation  Frank and I have almost a hundred years of climbing experience  between us. So we’ve seen, heard and...
I wouldn't object on principle but can't think of any easy sport routes of real quality there or elsewhere in the UK. Reptile Smile at Portland is possibly a better choice than Nimrod given it's quite unusual, good...
Frank Wilkinson (former editor of the 1968 and 1974 Yorkshire limestone guides) and one of the two climbers on the South Crag when the rock fall took place, says:  “When you get to our age – mid-70s – you can’t...

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