WINDGATHER


The little twin sister of Castle Naze, here again the climbs are generally short but well worth doing. The cliff faces west and gets both the afternoon sun and the wind Finding belays at the top of the cliff sometimes requires a bit of cunning, an extra length of rope might be found useful to extend those that lie a long way back. Some belay stakes may be added in the near future, whether these are to help climbers belay at the top of the cliff, or to facilitate the fixing of top ropes for instructional groups is open to question.

Routes

67 trad routes (M...E1)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Christmas Buttress
An isolated buttress which isn't included in the Rockfax guidebook.
5
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

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North Buttress
The tall blocky buttress 120m left of the gate can be recognised by the widening upper section of...
11
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

112
Middle Buttress
An attractive buttress towards the middle of the cliff and split by a series of cracks and with a...
11
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

113
High Buttress
The most popular buttress on the cliff and with good reasons; it is the tallest piece of rock here...
10
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

114
Buttress 2
A close-packed set of worthwhile routes ensures the popularity of this buttress, as does the fact...
12
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

115
Buttress 1
There are only a small set of worthwhile routes on Buttress One but that means it tends to be...
4
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

116
South Buttress
The most southerly buttress here takes the form of a large square block of rock with a cave/recess...
14
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

1 min

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  • Latest Comments

    For WINDGATHER

    Traditional
    "A nice, but committing sequence. It's pretty much all over by the time you want ..." 30/Sep

    Christmas Arete
    "Really two boulder problems separated by a ledge. Good moves though." 09/Aug

    South Buttress Arete Direct
    "Exactly. What's all this about campusing? Were there girls around or something? ..." 15/Aug

    Chockstone Chimney
    "Polish wasn't too bad (certainly no worese than the other popular routes on the ..." 03/May

    Editor's Note
    "well protected? your too low to reach the runner slot by the jug and nothing bel..." 19/Apr

    South Buttress Arete Direct
    "What's all this about campus moves? Is climbing it like an adult cheating?" 28/Aug

    Route 1.5
    "I'd agree with the first comment. I did it as an onsight solo and found it easy...." 03/Apr

    Portfolio
    "As a Western Grit local, this has long been on my list and it didnít disappoint...." 29/Sep

    The Rib Right-hand
    "Going direct over the overlap (i.e. staying on the left of the arete) may just w..." 04/Aug

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