Scafell - Keswick Brother's Climb
The Keswick Brothers were some of the key early rock climbing pioneers. What is particularly important about them is fact they travelled with an camera making them some of the first people to capture rock climbing imagery. They set first accents up and down the UK including their first climb on Scafell Crag in 1897. Keswick Brother’s Climb takes a shorter line up the left side of the buttress over easy ground and up the grooved slab. If you have ever wondered why Very Difficult climbs are generally easy, you need to understand the adjectival grading system used in Britain comes from the 1800’s. Climbers in that period didn’t have cams or even nuts. They didn’t have Kernmantle dynamic ropes or dedicated sticky rubber climbing shoes. In fact this climb was graded over 20 years before the carabiner was invented!
The Route Topography
This is the route Keswick Brother's Climb on Scafell in Cumbria, England. It represents 74m of Rhyolite rock climbing, usually over 3 pitches, of a max grade of VD 3c. Clicking the image will load the full screen high resolution Keswick Brother's Climb climb topo.
Original Image: John Fleetwood
Approach & Descent Information
Approach: Best approached from Wasdale where there are a couple of big car parks. Allow an hour to hike uphill to the crag. The route Leads most of the way to Scarfell Pike, but once the Scarfell Crag comes into sight, take a right less used fork in the path to the crag. Access to the starting terrace is gained via a path on the right of the crag.
Descent: There are multiple options for decent on each end of the crag and require steep scrambling and/or and abseil.
Scafell & Wasdale - pg. ?
The FRCC Scafell and Wasdale Climbing guidebook was released in April 2014, 100 years after the first ascent of Central Buttress on Scafell Crag. The Centenary Edition guide is full of inspirational climbs often with great history. The pocket sized nature of the book makes it portable but somewhat less practical for route finding. The BMC super zoom is more useful for Scafell Crag if you are a visual person.
R.R.P. £ 25
Weather & Local Conditions
The climb Keswick Brother's Climb on Scafell suffers from seepage and will need time to dry out after rain. Rock climbing after heavy rainfall could be a slimy unpleasnt experiance.
Seasonal Weather Information
Note that some weather stations are close or even on the mountain, others are in nearby towns. Plan accordingly!
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