The Steeple and the Needle

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Afternoon sun
Uphill
25 mins

A couple of fine if diminutive spires that are one of the attractions of the crag - summiting both of them is a 'must do' on a first visit. The top block of the Needle is reputed to wobble in a high wind. Guidebook page 215.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Steeple Groove
8m. The polished groove between the blocks leads towards the summit of the Steeple. Sadly W.Bennison beat you to it!
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
HVD
2
Steeple Face
9m. From the top of the blocks climb the centre of the steep tower with increasing difficulty. Bold - avoiding the arete is...
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E1 5b
3
Steeple Chimney
9m. Use blocks to enter the chimney splitting the south face of the Steeple. Inside is secure but a thrash, outside is less of...
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
VD
4
Centre Fold
8m. Sketch up the centre of the face right of the chimney until the ledge on the arete can be reached. Finish up the arete.
 
Crimpy
HVS 5c
5
Chop Yat Ridge
8m. Start at the foot of the west ridge of the Steeple. Climb the ridge to a horizontal break at 3m, then move right and climb...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Rounded
S 4a
6
Steeple Gap
7m. The easy polished groove to the right of Chop Yat Ridge leads to a junction with the upper part of Steeple Groove.
 M
7
Main Route
8m. From below the huge block, climb the arete to a ledge. Move left and climb the south face - polished. Beware, the descent...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Rounded
D
8
North Route Top 50
8m. Climb a thin flake and make a long reach to pass the awkward bulge (flat holds and bold), continue using the sharp arete.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
Fluttery
E1 5a
9
West Face Direct
8m. Impressive climbing past the horizontal crack and up the shallow groove in the centre of the wall. Bold and technical.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E4 6b
  • Latest Comments

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    East Sphinx Direct
    "I go with Franco @ HS 5b - hard move(s) all low down." 23/Sep

    North Route
    "The gear is sparse - a bad thread. You may find yourself soloing." 31/May top50

    West Sphinx Direct
    "had to piano play my fingers into the eye, felt like hard 5c to me at 5'7"...." 02/Oct top50

    Little Bo-Peep
    "it is easierb to nip across quickly rather than burn out placing gear higher up...." 18/Sep top50

    Tiny's Dilemma Direct
    "the start is SUPER polished took me a while to get onto the first footholds :S..." 14/Nov

    Steeple Groove
    "HVD is way overgraded. Its Diff in the NE England guide and that seems about rig..." 31/May

    Sesame
    "Seeing as this is E2, you may as well head left and tackle Ali Baba as the crux ..." 21/Apr

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