Great Gable, Napes Needle

Today, with a bright and warm start, I headed up with Mike who I had introduced to climbing in Wales a few weeks ago for some mountain cragging.  And what a day.  At points I needed to remind myself that I was on a route in the lakes and not the Alps.  Change the Wasdale valley for a glacier and it would have looked the part.

We first headed up Needle Ridge directly behind Napes Needle.  With a polished and steep first pitch the ridge then became thinner and more broken.  We wound our way round the pinnacles and over the steeper sections and after about 5 pitches we were at the top of the harder climbing.  I then shortened the rope and we short roped along the rest of the thin ridge and round some exposed sections and onto the saddle between the descent gullies.  A great Alpine like route.

We then descended down the gully towards the sphinx rock and then headed up Arrowhead ridge.  The first pitch was steep and exposed with a small belay.  The second pitch was a delicate traverse across a steep face and then to the arrowhead with another small belay.  Above the arrowhead the ridge became more broken and a few pitches later we were weaving our way along past more spires and rocky steps to the top.

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