The Ill Bell Ridge now dominates my left flanks with Ill Bell (second summit along the ridge) not revealing too much of the north east ridge through the haze. It is my guess that Ill Crag is not visited as much as it should be - it is off the main path back to Esk Hause and involves a bouldery clamber to gain its summit but it is worth it for the views to Crinkle Crags & the Coniston Fells - and it is a Furth also therefore worth the trip. We had “only” climbed one mountain, albeit a mighty good one – Scafell Pike, which we had scaled in the clag for the third time! To comply with regulations designed to minimise the COVID risk, please confirm with the organiser via e-mail or Facebook if you want to attend this meet or have any questions about it. Aborted Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag (18km) I was aiming for a scramble (grade 1) up Cockly Pike ridge onto Ill Crag but ended up backing out, ostensibly due to lack of time, but I might have been a little scared! What defines a scramble depends on your head for heights and your experience. The scramble terminates at a big cairn by the summit of Ill Crag. Multi day trip. (At point 5 on the map there is an easy optional detour to the summit of Great End). Aborted Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag (18km) I was aiming for a scramble (grade 1) up Cockly Pike ridge onto Ill Crag but ended up backing out, ostensibly due to lack of time, but I might have been a little scared! This site is built by its members, and we welcome you to contribute: Then over the aptly named Great Moss. This is the scramble at Dropping Crag.. However, on a sunny day, it is well worth a scramble to the top. Gone are the tumbled rocks and broken boulders, replaced with a luxuriant, flat turf, good enough to get a … This was a nice little scramble. A greasy scramble up Ill Crag from Eskdale : dav2930: 14/06/2017: 5: Wasdale Horseshoe 12: Yewbarrow to Scafell - & clear sky! Each scramble is clearly described with notes about grade, quality, aspect and approach, with colour maps and topos to aid navigation. Straightforward in essence Symonds Knott: One of the 3'000 ers in Engalnd. Follow the felltop path roughly south for approximately 30 minutes and scramble up the final rocks to the summit of Glaramara (783m). Pitch 1 Up ill defined grove into shallow cave; through cave (crux) and belay above on bolts (grade 23). Pitch 2 Up shallow grove to nearly full rope length on spaced natural pro. This is a full walk and returns over Broad Crag, Ill As the path descends to the saddle at Esk Hause, take a left turn on a trail that almost doubles back on itself (6 on the map). Day 1 There is information on safety and equipment, and listings of scrambles by location and grade allow the reader to assemble their own tailor-made combination of routes. Scramble. The climb up to Ill Crag is the first real scramble. Fantastic approach to Upper Eskdale to scramble up one of the lesser frequented of the Scafells, Ill Crag. We began with 'The Groove' on Tarn Crag. The most fun way up Scafell Pike is a scramble up Cockly Pike Ridge on the southern face of Ill Crag (avoid the much more difficult Grade 3 scramble on the south-east slope). You’re now in amongst the best and most spectacular scenery in the whole the Lake District, with Scafell, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End, Bowfell, and Crinkle Crags visible and a really wild and remote feel. Approach from Seathwaite. The way up Ill Crag was a bit of a scramble, once on the top I had a good look round for the geocache but gave up when the GPS was seemingly pointing me down a cliff! Unfortunately, the trail is neither clear nor obvious, so you’ll need some pathfinding skills. Such a magical place. Scramble; Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag, long mountaineering scramble, Grade 1, two-star route. Belay where possible (grade 17) Pitch 3 Straight up easy slab to top, long run outs on good rock (grade 12) #Note bolts in top of cave protecting crux may need replacing. The ascent of Long Stile is an easy scramble, hence the reason for not including this walk in the ‘scrambles’ section of the website; it is splendid throughout. I did a quick shoe change and considered putting a lightweight jacket on, but didn't bother. As it stands, the route above includes the summits of Ill Crag and Broad Crag, with Great End only a diversion of a few 100m. Ill Crag I’m afraid we’d been a little disappointed on Day 1 of our latest hiking trip in the Lakes, having had to rein in our multi-peak agenda due to bad weather. Upper Eskdale Ill Crag ­ Eskdale 3 13.5km / 8.4 miles with a lot of ascent and descent One of the longest continuous Firstly we have the Esk Gorge for company, then onto the wide open expanse of the Great Moss, walking beneath the Esk Buttress and finally to the base of Ill Crag. Crescent Climb (moderate rock climb) on Pavey Ark may be a scramble to some, but the lack of protection and exposure would render this a rock climb to others. Broad Crag is the fourth highest peak in the Scafell range, coming after Scafell Pike, Scafell and (just) Ill Crag, although it is normally treated as a subsidiary summit of Scafell Pike. After Broad Crag we headed up another top called Ill Crag - there was supposedly a geocache hidden somewhere on it. I did the first two rocky pyramids but then backed off since I only had three hours to do it and then descend. The conical summit of Ill Crag is bound together by much larger boulders than we had seen during the ascent of the ridge, if our legs weren’t already tired by the thrashing they had received now was the time to muster that last bit of strength before reaching the summit. As an example, climbers used to leading E1 would probably regard C Route on Dow Crag as a scramble. It is a sea of boulder and rock. I did the first two rocky pyramids but then backed off since I only had three hours to do it and then descend. Mark, who i've previously climbed with on Ill Crag (Scafell range) was back in the Lake District and keen for more quality scrambling and had chosen Langdale for this, good choice. The path drops down then climbs back up Broad Crag, then drops again, climbing back up Ill Crag before flattening. While thousands of hikers pass within a few feet of the summit every year, most do not climb its rocky slopes. “You can either scramble up a steep, polished groove between the Needle and the crag to get to the start of Needle Ridge - a move known as ‘threading the Needle,” explains Iain, "You'll then need to descend a short distance down the other side to reach the ledge from … Reviewed 27 September 2016 . Whatever the hill is called it was good to get my scrambling muscles warmed up. The scramble along the arete continues. Standing at 3,064 feet (934 meters), Broad Crag is the fourth highest peak in the Scafell range, following Scafell Pike, Scafell and Ill Crag. This walk ignores the Pike's near neighbour Scafell, the direct route to which is via the notorious rock step of Broad Stand, a serious little scramble best left to climbers. Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 186 084) Wasdale Head – Moses Trod – Skew Gill – The Band – Great End – Ill Crag – Broad Crag – Scafell Pike – Lingmell Col – Lingmell – Wasdale Head Distance: 7.8 miles Total Ascent: 1115 metres Time Taken: 5 hours 15 minutes Weather: Sunny spells, warm. If you’ve got the energy, you could climb all the 914m peaks in the area – or the Furth Munros – in a satisfying 20km outing that includes Scafell. Nb. Almost upon the summit of Ill Crag. By now the mist was think and the rain persistent, so pretty chilly. Thornthwaite Crag from Mardale Ill Bell. Ill Crag: Last of the five 3,000 'ers. August 2015 | Sun-kissed rock and stunning scrambling high above Langstrath. Review of Mountain Journeys. Logged Descriptions (logged by 827 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all) By: Date of Ascent: With the kids. Parked at Seathwaite, ascended via Styhead Tarn and corridor route. Kids loved the scramble near the top! Circular route of Scafell Pike > Broad Crag > Ill Crag … Feedback comments are intended to give extra information about a route which may be helpful to other climbers. Walking | Cam Crag Ridge & Ill Crag. ... Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick from Mardale Ill Bell. The view ahead from the arete to Foule Crag - there is still a fair amount of scrambling to do before the summit ridge is gained. You even get to walk up Scafell Pike twice! Summit Comment Fergalh an hour ago Parked at Wasdale Water and followed the crows heading for Scafell Pike on the track. The boulder quotient does not let up as you descend over Broad Crag and reach the last scramble patch up to stunning Scafell Pike. Mark was a great guide, very professional. Scafell Pike from Seathwaite in Borrowdale via the Corridor Route is a classic Lakeland fell walk. The cloud level had dropped to below 500m as we began our scramble up the wonderful rough rock of the initial slabs. 7 The top of Cam Crag … SummitPost is a collaborative content community focused on climbing, mountaineering, hiking and other outdoor activities. At 930m above sea level it's one of the big Lakeland tops. But … This is a place more people should visit, spectacular and timeless. Grade 2 and 3 Scrambles. And today i'm back in Langdale, this time for a full day of Rock Scrambling. The sight of which can only spur you on. Ill Crag South East Face Scramble From Eskdale. Close the loop by heading over the mountain's three lesser tops, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End, each as worthwhile as the Pike itself. 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