Call to arms: the second Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival

Posted by Claire-Jane Carter on 16/06/2015
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Get off the polished holds, get out of the south, leave the crowds and come north to the land of Climbing History. Now in its second year, the Lakeland revival is an Arc’teryx initiative that aims to get 50 classic routes reclaimed from nature and reclimbed in good style between June and August.

So, if you spent last summer getting dripped on by Peak Limestone, waiting in vain for an accurate guide book, or worse, sweating in a wall, training for an autumn bolt jaunt, fear not. The Lakeland Revival is here to save you.

In return for sending one of the listed lines, you lucky climbers get a nice new Arc’teryx T-shirt or chalk bag to change into after, you don’t want to dirty the pub with Borrowdale muck now do you. Two very lucky revivalists will even get a brand new DMM rack.

Tim Hill from Arc’teryx told us:

"The Lake District is one of England's most treasured mountain environments, and the Lakeland revival is designed to encourage people to go off the beaten track, step away from the norm and discover the climbing heritage that the Lakes has to offer. Pack an extra sandwich and get to appreciate a wilder climbing environment!

And it's not just about revival.It's about gathering information, up to date information that can be used by the FRCC and BMC to assess the current state of crags, buttresses and routes. The list of routes has been picked by staff from Lakeland climbing shops to provide a great challenge for anyone who wishes to take on the Lakelands revival and get involved in its future!"

Hear that? Pack an extra sandwich! Lakeland revivalists get to eat more than normal climbers. FACT.

Katy Whittaker, trad wad and Arc’teryx climber says:

"Last year was the first Lakeland Revival and the up take and enthusiasm was amazing. Everybody involved was so excited to get out and clean the routes and almost 50% of the climbs were revived! I think consistency is important and hopefully running the Lakeland Revival for as long as we can will be a step in the right direction for keeping both the routes clean and people psyched for Lakes climbing. We had alot of requests to run it again so here we go, get involved people!"

And here’s how:

Step 1: Choose an unclimbed route from the specified list.

Step 2: Climb it! Get a photo of the route with you/your partner climbing it.

Step 3: Visit The Climbers Shop, Needle Sports, George Fishers or The Epicentre with the photo as proof and collect your FREE Arc’teryx T-shirt or chalk bag.

Step 4: Leave your route feedback with the shop staff.

Step 5: Make sure you leave your name and number with the shop staff as two lucky people will win a brand new DMM trad rack.

Pretty straight forward. You can find more information about the revival, and stay up to date with the route list on the  arcteryxlakelandrevival website.

Finally, it’s key that you don’t take your strimmer with you. Reasonable cleaning on the line itself is fine but no creative hedging. If you have any concerns about the best practice for cleaning and climbing the routes please speak to the staff at the involved shops or contact the BMC.

Here’s what our man of access, Rob from the BMC says about it all:

“The Lakeland Revival is a great initiative that applies the idea of crag restoration to loads of different crags, allows climbers to take part when they can rather than on a specific day and identifies specific routes that are in need a bit of TLC.

Many of the crags in the Lakes don’t see huge amounts of traffic and so even the classic routes get a bit dirtier than they might on easy access crags elsewhere so a helping hand in the form of the Lakeland Revival is a great way of restoring some quality routes back to their former glory.

Last year saw a fair few routes get a spruce up, but let’s see if we can do even better this year. Climbing anywhere in the Lakes is brilliant, but if you get on one of the listed routes you’ll get a nice warm glow knowing you’ve helped restore a classic route, a great day out climbing and some free kit to top it off – what’s not to like?!”

So if you want to consider yourself a part of climbing present and climbing future, get yourself to the Lakes and revive yourself a line.

The routes list is here.

Get the guidebooks:

The BMC shop stocks a comprehensive selection Lakeland guides with all the information to get you to the route (if not up it!). You might well find you end up with a tick-list of over 50...

The Lakeland Revival project is supported by Needle Sports and The Climbers Shop, the BMC and Mountain Heritage Trust

WATCH: Leo Houlding climb Napes Needle on BMC TV


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

Did you know that we've just launched a new U27 membership offer for just £1.50 / month? And with full membership from £2.50 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/join-the-bmc-for-1-month-U27-membership


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