Bowfell Buttress

Winter
Morning sun
80 mins
Uphill

GR 245067 810m. SE Facing. One of the best and most frequented winter buttresses in the Lakes. Bowfell Buttress is an ultra classic which was undergraded for years. There is still some debate over the exact grade which, clearly varies with conditions but is never gets as easy as III!! Approach as for Flat Crags or for masochists, along the bottom of Mickleden and straight up to the foot of the crag. Descent: To the south (left side looking at the crag) and down the gully between North Buttress and Bowfell Buttress. If avalanche conditions prevail head SW to pike up the main path with leads SE from the summit of Bowfell.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
South Gully
200m. This is the wide gully between North Buttress on Bowfell Buttress. It can be used as a descent if avalanche conditions do...
 I
2
Plaque Route
100m. No detailed description available please feel free to submit one.
 IV 4
3
Sinister Slab
Follows a line close to the summer route. No detailed description available please feel free to submit one.
 VI 7
4
Bowfell Buttress Top 50
110m. One the of great classic buttress routes of the Lakes. Starts just left of the foot of the buttress below a chimney. 1)...
9 user comments
 
3 Stars
VI 6
5
Central Route
90m. Follows a line similar to the summer route. No detailed description available please feel free to submit one.
 
1 Stars
VI 8
6
Ledge and Groove
115m. Climbs an open groove line on the right edge of the buttress. No detailed description available please feel free to...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
V 6
7
North Gully
12m. The deep gully on the right side of Bowfell Buttress. The first pitch is the crux followed by easy climbing to the top.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
I/II
8
Right Wall Eliminate
65m. Follows a line similar to the summer route. No detailed description available please feel free to submit one.
 V 6
9
Corner and Rib
45m. Follows a line similar to the summer route. No detailed description available please feel free to submit one.
 IV 4
  • Latest Comments

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    Bowfell Buttress
    "I know grades can vary from week to week, but I can't imagine what conditions wo..." 15/Dec top50

    Right Hand Route Direct Start
    "Made a roped solo of the first pitch of this route in '98. A suitable descriptio..." 21/Mar

    Bowfell Buttress
    "V 6 I'd say." 13/Mar top50

    Bowfell Buttress
    "I have done it a couple of times in different conditions, I would put it at IV 5..." 16/Nov top50

    Bowfell Buttress
    "The route scares you all the way, yet some how protection, belays and moves are..." 23/Sep top50

    Angle Tarn Icefalls
    "Second tier icefall above tarn makes good short route. Vertical lower half with ..." 15/Mar top50

    North Gully
    "I was quite impressed when I first climbed this in winter 1978, well banked up b..." 24/Jan

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