Friday, 23 July 2010

Scafell's Central Buttress

Chris on the crux Great Flake of Central Buttress (E1 5b)

After a week of interesting weather it all came good for the final day out with Chris, who was getting some final practice in for his MIA assessment. With a perfect forecast we opted to make the steep pull up to the Scafell and have a look at the classic Central Buttress (E1 5b). After a very warm walk in the clouds rolled in as we started the first pitch. A few hours later as we topped out it all cleared again giving some stunning views but it did mean a rather chilly and atmospheric climb. Despite the cloud the rock was reasonably dry apart from the final corner. The moves and the situation are outstanding and it deserves it's reputation as one of the best climbs in the Lakes. Best of luck to Chris for his assessment at the beginning of September.

Chris heading away in to the gloom on pitch 5

Topping out an hour later in perfect sunshine!

Scafell Crag with the Great Flake obvious in the center of the left hand buttress.