Pickering Pinnacle

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Sun and Shade
25 mins
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Sheltered

Pickering Pinnacle is the slender, grassy tower opposite Ilam Rock. It offers some good climbing on the retiring south-facing white wall hidden high above the crowds gawping at Ilam. None of the routes described here are popular and many rely on old fixed gear which should be treated with suspicion.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Pickering Ridge
The long riverside arete is a good climb, at least in retrospect. Gain the arete from the bank on the left, then follow it...
 
Loose
VS 4b
2
What Crisis?
The left-hand arete of the cave leads to a block, move right above the lip to the steep grass above the cave. Climb direct up a...
 HVS 5a
3
Crisis
Short and fierce. Climb the overhang above the right-hand rib of the cave past several old peg-runners. Continue up the groove...
 
Technical
Crimpy
E5 6c
4
Daylight Robbery
Start up Crisis, but move right along a break to a ledge. Pull round a bulge to a crack and climb this to a belay. Escape...
 E1 5b
5
Monsieur Mange Tout
Climb the fine white wall directly, past 2 pegs and a thread to a lower-off. Good positions, but the gear is old.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
E5 6b
6
The River
An eliminate up the rounded arete left of Pickering's Overhang. Keep going until you can no longer avoid rejoining the parent...
 
Crimpy
E4 6a
7
Pickering's Overhang
The flaky groove requires some hard work to pass the bulge. The wall above (old pegs) is also tricky.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E1 5b
8
The Jaguar Smile
An eliminate up the scooped face. Peg and thread protect. Mistakenly called 'Jahuan Smile' in previous guides.
 
Reachy
E4 6a
9
The Flake
A compelling line. Short-lived, but hard work.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E1 5c
10
Chunky Punky
The short side of the tower soon eases.
 HVS 5a
11
Original Route
Traverse the grassy north wall (tree runners) out to the even grassier ridge (possible stance) then gibber up the crest.
 S 3c
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    Claw Left-hand
    "Had been saving this route for years as it always seems to be wet. Oh my word wh..." 29/May

    Venery
    "Good crack climbing HVS 5a**" 17/Nov

    Simeon
    "Don't know about "low in the grade", I'd put it high in the grade." 03/Oct

    Aquarius
    "Really good route but wish I had read the comments about the vertical choss fini..." 19/Aug

    Southern Rib
    "Classic Peak Limestone HVS 5b (both pitches)" 05/Jul

    The Gladiator
    "The route is correct in the Rockfax guide with Adrian's slight re-wording probab..." 10/Jun

    Thunderball
    "Getting to the route is a definite pain (just getting up to the Watchblock is ba..." 06/Jun

    The Claw
    ""Battle" seems an appropriate verb. Unusual climbing - felt like gris..." 10/Oct

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