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Napes Crags-Great Gable (OS)

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About Napes Crags-Great Gable (OS):

This crag is referred to by most as Great Gable, since it is the most important crag on the parent mountain. A high crag, offering climbs up to 350 feet long in an incredible position. South facing, but watch out, many of the best climbs are on the gully wall, which loses the sun around midday. About 30 routes on the main buttress, Severe to E5, and a good 20 climbs on the crags to the west of the main buttress up the ridges. Also about five routes on the famous Napes Needle. One of the best crags in the Lakes.
Nearest town or city: Wasdale Head
Directions: OS 89 & 90 GR NY 211 099 Alt. 640m
1.6 miles ENE from Wasdale Head, on the south side of Great Gable. A footpath to the south of Great Gable leads up the valley to the right and on the left side of a stream to Sty Head. Follow the six foot wide track all the way up the side of the mountain, and after 2 miles, just before the col, take the path going back left. After 500 yards the crag of Kern Knotts is reached, continue up the side of the mountain to the large, obvious crag. Napes Needle is a little bit further on. About an hour and a half from Wasdale Head
Latitude, Longitude: 54.47818, -3.21783
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Camping: Pay
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime