Guided multi-pitch rock climbing: Gouther & Wallowbarrow


I’ve had Chris from Exeter up in the Lake District for three days guided multi-pitch rock climbing. The weather up here has been pretty hit and miss recently, so finding somewhere dry rock was always going to be a challenge, but we did manage to get a bit done.

Saturday saw us at Gouther Crag, over in Swindale – it was surprisingly busy at Gouther and we were short on time, but we managed a quick VS 4c, Scabby Horse, before having to head off.  4c felt about right – the moves in the upper groove (the finishing moves of Hernia (E1 5b) were good value at VS.

On Saturday we headed to Wallowbarrow Crag in the Duddon Valley. We’d headed out to Duddon due to the valley’s reputation as a dry venue when the rest of the Lake District is wet and we were pleased to find that it lived up to its reputation.  Chris and I enjoyed a few routes including the long steep Severe called Thomas, which was a pleasant outing on juggy rock; and on Digitation (VS 5a) another line further right.

All in all a great couple of days climbing – cheers Chris – hope you enjoyed your time on Lakeland rock.


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