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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010

Early Autumn in The Lake District

climb oxford and cambridge directEarly in the autumn Jane and I decided to put off insulating our loft and head up to the Lake District as the weather forecast was good. The Sykes Farm campsite in Buttermere gives great access to the hills and we made the most of it. Getting up on Saturday morning the sun was shining through the tent's fabric and after a quick brew we started heading up to Grey Crag. After a pleasant walk in (1hr 45mins) we arrived at the bottom of Harrow Buttress, a Diff climb that takes you up the first section of the crag. This then delivers you at the base of Slabs Ordinary Route (VD) which is a very enjoyable 3 pitch slab climb, we linked the first 2 pitches together to make them longer and save a bit of time. At the top of these pitches, you scramble across to the bottom of Oxford and Cambridge Direct on the top buttress. This can be climbed in 1 enjoyable 38 meter pitch and is graded Mild Severe. Very clean rock in a fantastic position makes this a great pitch and in the clear, cool autumnal weather it was an absolute pleasure to climb. This takes you right to the top of High Stile where we then walked around to High Crag before dropping back down to Buttermere, arriving back at the pub in time so sample several of the local ales!

The next morning we decided to head over to Shepherds crag and have a go at Little Chamonix, a classic rock VD route I have been meaning to do for a while. Surprisingly there were no queues and we got straight on it. For the rest of the climb we were the only people on the route which I believe is a bit of a rarity. Understandably it is quite polished now but a great route with some good exposure and an interesting move off the block under the overhang! When we finished there was just time for a quick (amazing) bacon buttie from the Shepherds Crag Cafe, before the journey back home!


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