Sampson's Stones

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Boulder
Lots of sun!
Uphill
70 mins

Upper Eskdale's prime venue, Sampson's Stones is without a doubt one of the better bouldering areas in the Lakes. Here a good number of impressive blocks are scattered around a grassy knoll with excellent lines and in a stunning sunny location. The bad news is that it's a good hour walk-in, and some might say nearer 90 minutes! Once recovered from the walk, there is a fine choice of problems at all grades, plus plenty of other possibilities not recorded here. Axions, Dark Matter and Event Horizon are the venue classics. Guidebook page 190.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Calabi-Yau
Climb the blunt arete, gaining it from the left.
 
Bumstart
V1 5c
2
186000 mps
Pull directly up the wall on very sharp holds, some of which feel a bit snappy.
 
1 Stars
V1 5c
3
Stargazer
Climb up the grossly overhanging groove over the centre of the bulge and finish up the slab. The sit-start is still a project.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Strong
V8 9
4
Quasar
Make a sitting start from just right of the base of the groove of the previous problem, at a flat hold. Pull up and right and...
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V7
5
The Drake Equation
After a difficult couple of moves into the hanging groove, things ease off.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
Strong
V3
6
Problem 6
Start on the big flake and pull straight over the bulge.
 
1 Stars
V1 5c
7
Pulsar
The overhanging arete to reach the slab.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V5
8
Problem 8
There are innumerable sit-down start possibilities on this boulder; this is one of the best. Lay away and go for the top.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V0+ 5b
9
Yoda
The tricky blunt arete.
 
Bumstart
V4
10
Sampson's Arete
The arete is very pleasant.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V0 5a
11
Problem 11
The wall just right of the arete.
 
Bumstart
V1 5c
12
Problem 12
Just right again is a shallow groove with some tricky moves.
 
Bumstart
V3
13
Problem 13
Another sit-start wall.
 
Bumstart
V2 6a
14
Problem 14
Traverse right to left using the top of the block.
 
Bumstart
V0 5a
15
Space Cadet
The harder lower traverse without using the lip.
 
Bumstart
V4
16
Problem 16
 V0- 4c
17
Problem 17
Once off the ground, romp to the top.
 
Bumstart
V3
18
Event Horizon
Climb the fantastic hanging arete pretty much direct with some long moves.
 
3 Stars
Reachy
V5
19
Houston We Have a Problem
Straight up the wall with a run-assisted launch.
 V4
20
Axions
A brilliant problem which starts from the big side-pull in a niche and leads to a sloping top out. Axioms Boogaloo, V8/9 - A...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Bumstart
Crimpy
V8
21
Light of Other Days
Up right from the side-pull of Axions to a good hold then a crimp, or straight to the top.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V7
22
Problem 22
Traverse up the lip from the nose. Starting from the back of the cave is a hard project.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V1 5b
23
Dark Matter
The beautiful wall via the black streak is a superb exercise in crimping. Start very low and finish slightly left.
 
3 Stars
Bumstart
Crimpy
V8 9
24
Steady State
Climb the wall direct to the overlaps and then trend left to finish.
 
1 Stars
Technical
V7
25
Space Curve
Up the prominent and enjoyable slanting groove.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V4
26
Problem 26
The rusty wall is excellent, but much more difficult than it looks.
 
1 Stars
V1 5c
27
Problem 27
The right-hand left-leaning groove.
 
Bumstart
V0+ 5b
28
Heart of Gold
Traverse using handholds above the overhang and pull up at the blunt arete.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V1 5c
29
Problem 29
Start as Heart of Gold and go straight up. A sit-start is V2.
 V0 5a
30
Einstein Rosen Bridge
 
Bumstart
V0+ 5b
31
Phantom Moon
Start off a smooth pinch, then climb up the wall to short groove and finish.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Crimpy
V4
32
Crater Face
From the bottom of the pit, climb the highball and committing wall above a poor landing.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
V8
33
Flambuoyancy Aid
Pull on and traverse the sloping lip all the way leftwards to finish at the top of Grotesk.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
Pumpy
V4
34
Cygnus X-1
After a hard start, climb the nice wall via a good hold.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Crimpy
V5
35
Europa's Secret
The super little arete is climbed on slopers to the prominent ledge.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
Rounded
V1 5c
36
Space Jam
The straightforward groove.
 V0- 4c
37
Problem 7
The overhanging arete.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Strong
V3
38
Problem 38
The open groove from standing.
 
1 Stars
V0 5a
39
Problem 39
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
V2 6a
40
Problem 40
The wall makes a very nice lower-grade problem.
 
Bumstart
V1 5c
41
Grotesk
The short overhanging groove from sitting. This supersedes an early V5 called The Bends - which started just right.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Strong
V5
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