Climbing to Revive The Lake District


The Lake District is one of the wettest places in England. However, is it home to some of the best trad climbing, beautiful views and rich climbing history—it’s where it all began for British climbing, with some of the earliest recorded ascents in 1802 (Coleridge – Broad Stand, Scafell) and of course the famous Napes Needle soloed by W P Haskett-Smith in June 1886. It really is the heart of British trad and over the years has created some of our very best climbs and climbers.

Over the years, waning traffic and wet weather has caused some of the Lake District climbs and crags to become overgrown and dirty. The aim of the Arc’teryx Lakeland Revival is to encourage people to go climbing at these areas, clean up these old classics and have a little adventure along the way.

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This year, 87 routes were proposed by local retailers The Climbers Shop and Needle Sports and in just 5 weeks 37 of those have been cleaned and climbed. The cleaning skills from these enthusiasts does not go unrewarded as climbers can pop into a choice of 4 local retailers and claim a free T-shirt or chalk bag for their efforts.

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