Crowden Towers

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Afternoon sun
60 mins
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Two isolated, contrasting rough and tough crags. The East Tower may be a good destination for the hard-core whereas the West is more suited to the tweed brigade. The leap between the towers is purported to have been done in 1952 by one of the Pigott clan, but as they are c.100m apart this appears unlikely!
Approach - Take the Crowden Clough approach from Upper Booth to the moor edge. Follow the vague summit path south west, towards the extensive boulder field. The towers are just below the rim.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Five o'clock Shadows
8m. The rounded left-hand arete of the buttress.
 
Rounded
E1
2
Bristly Chimney
8m. Climb the rough, tough and bristly chimney.
 S
3
Flake and Chimney
12m. Reach and pass the flake in the wall with difficulty then romp up the widening rift above.
 
Technical
VS
4
Short Chimney
10m. The central chimney is the same height as the other two!
1 user comment
 S
5
Pear Chimney
10m. The right-hand rift has a useful pear-drop (or molar!) shaped chock just before the angle eases. Finish to the left.
1 user comment
 VS
6
Kensington Left Crack
12m. Climb the wide crack to its end then squirm left to the tricky leaning finishing fissure. Precarious and gripping.
 
Rounded
VS
7
Suture
10m. Escape the clutches of the crack onto the bold wall above.
 
1 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E2
8
Violent Outburst
12m. The narrow face leads to a deep break and tricky pocketed wall above. Finish with a longer than average stretch.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
E2
9
Kensington Right Crack
12m. The wide right-hand crack to an awkward finish.
 VD
10
Alpine Sports
18m. Climb the groove to the roof then move right round the arete and trend right to a good ledge. Finish up the final corner.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
S
11
Kensington High Street
12m. The left-hand chimney in the alcove is a stroll for most.
 VD
12
Snow + Rock
12m. The crack leads to a move right to enter the ever-widening right-hand chimney. Saunter up this in casual style.
 VD
13
Fashion Statement
14m. Start just left of the roof and climb a bold runnel to the break. Then tackle the wall on big pockets to another break...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E5
14
Bethan
14m. Take the thin crack to a break then tackle the roof and technical groove left of the arete with extreme difficulty.
 
2 Stars
Technical
E5
15
Privilege and Pleasure
12m. Climb into a recess then extend-a-way up and onto the hanging flake in the wall above. Climb this to its apex and then...
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E3
16
Club Class
12m. The thin crack and imposing pocketed wall up the right-hand side of the face give a sustained and powerful pitch.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
Fluttery
E5
17
Kindergarten
12m. The left-hand side of the buttress is climbed with increasing difficulty. It is more of a challenge than expected.
 
1 Stars
E1
18
Piggy and the Duke
12m. Climb the finger-crack then traverse out right on to the arete to a neat mantelshelf. Finish more easily. High in the...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Rounded
VS
19
Bags That
10m. The short east-facing wall passing a good ledge.
 HS
20
Dour Power
8m. Climb the arete and wall using long reaches on good hidden pockets which lead to a final groove.
 E2
21
Pocket Battle
8m. The wall and arete right moving left to join it.
 
Technical
E1
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    Fashion Statement
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    Robert
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