KINDER NORTH


There is much good climbing on the high and wild edges that ring the Kinder and Bleaklow plateaux, and the very best of this is to be found along the north-facing escarpment of Ashop Edge. It is perhaps to be expected that the climbing along this line of cliffs is both difficult of access and out of condition for much of the year, though this adds a certain cachet to days up here - the harder won, all the more memorable. The best area for a first visit is the Brothers’ Buttress, though there is enough up here to keep most climbers busy for years - and then there are all those new routes to go at! The cliffs are not the crisp and clean Eastern Edges, but a sterner set of venues. Come prepared for a bit a battle, wearing your old clothes and be prepared to go home grubby, battered and tired but hopefully well-satisfied.

Routes

177 trad routes (Diff...E7)
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
Chinese Wall
A long wall of rock that faces Misty Wall across the upper reaches of Fair Brook. In general the...
6
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Misty Wall
The rocks overlooking the upper section of Fair Brook have a good collection of climbs in a superb...
15
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Eureka Buttress
Rumoured to have been named by Archimedes who was overjoyed at discovering this gritstone classic....
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Big Brother Buttress
The 'Brothers' are probably the best bits of rock on Kinder North; on the left is Big Brother...
15
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Little Brother Buttress
Overshadowed by its larger sibling and often neglected, the right-hand buttress has some excellent...
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Mustard Walls
One of the best sections of rock on Kinder North is around Mustard Walls; a great set of routes in...
16
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Twisted Smile
The penultimate buttress described is just right of Mustard Walls and features a prominent jutting...
12
Trad
No sun
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
The Quadrinacle
The first section of rock passed on the Snake Pass approach is the gloomy Dead Chimney Buttress....
16
Trad
No sun
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Dead Chimney Buttress
The first section of rock passed on the Snake Pass approach is the gloomy Dead Chimney Buttress....
6
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
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  • Latest Comments

    For KINDER NORTH

    Ashop Crack
    "It's HVS 5b in Over the Moors, so presumably they didn't find an easier way afte..." 08/Jun

    Dunisnane
    "Spelt 'Dunsinane' isnt it." 20/Jan

    Ashop Crack
    "I believe it is E2 5b in the new Western Grit (not got it with me) - the Moorlan..." 12/Jul

    Ashop Crack
    "Something must have changed on this route, because the move through the overhang..." 11/Jul

    Jelly Baby Slab
    "Climbed it this year" 11/Jun

    Razor Crack
    "I concur. Surprisingly juggy and more independent of the chimney than it looks. ..." 25/Jul

    Twisted Smile
    "Intimidating start, gradually easing but pretty sustained. If it was on Stange t..." 03/Sep

    Ashop Crack
    "Indeed I did and again after. My old guide had no comments on the grade - so eit..." 13/Aug

    Ashop Climb
    "Much better than it looks" 12/Aug

    Intestate
    "Starting from Big Brother and traversing the break left makes a better start wit..." 12/Aug

    Wind Wall
    "I Dont believe this route exists, unless you traverse right much higher." 11/Jun

    Downbyne
    "The finish is excellent" 19/Mar

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