Join the Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival

Posted by Claire Jane Carter on 28/07/2014

Ready to revive Lakes climbing? Make an ascent of one of the 50 classic routes that need reviving this August, and you’ll get a free Arc’teryx chalk bag or t-shirt – and probably have a great adventure too.

The sublime Lakeland world of pikes, tarns and looming pillars is where it all started for British climbing when Coleridge sent (or descended) Broad Stand on Scafell in 1802.

Hobnail-boot climbers through to lycra gymnasts have since developed rock from mountain top to roadside in the Lakes, leaving routes from every decade and predilection in their wake. The only problem is there are simply not enough climbers scooting up each Lakeland line to keep them in good nick.

Grabbing the promise of a surreally perfect British summer with a prehistoric bird-like grip, Arc’teryx, with the help of local climbers shops Needle Sports and The Climbers Shop, have put together a list of 50 classic routes that need reviving, and are offering willing climbers a chalk bag or T-shirt in return for a tick.

All you have to do is climb a route of any grade from VD to E4 from the Lakeland Revival list this August, get a picture to prove it, and drop it in with a route report to Needle Sports in Keswick or The Climbers Shop in Ambleside, picking up a present in return.

We spoke to Katy Whittaker, Arc’teryx marketing-coordinator and infamous British trad practitioner, about the initiative.

Why do we need a Lakeland Revival?
We’d been chatting to some of the shop staff in the Lakes who said that a lot of the routes just weren’t getting enough traffic on them, and had therefore been taken over by plant life and dirt. We just wanted to remind people the Lakes was still there and give them a small incentive to go and reclimb some of these routes.

What have you done in the Lakes?
I spent quite a bit of time up there with my family when I was a child and we did a lot of walking and easy climbing there, it is a very beautiful area. I haven’t had much chance yet to go and try some of the old school test pieces as my UK trad list is endless, but I am planning on heading up there during August.

Aiming for anything on the list in particular?
I just really want to get stuck in, bring on the dirt and plant life!

Now, we don’t want anyone packing their hacksaw, this is the Lake District not Jurassic Park. So a few guidelines on gardening protocol from BMC access and conservation officer Rob Dyer:
"This is a great initiative that will hopefully see some fantastic Lakes routes get the TLC they need to revitalise interest in forgotten gems and hopefully mountain cragging in general. For anyone getting stuck in and cleaning routes, it’s important to remember that cleaning should be confined to the actual line of the route. Although to a climber’s eye, a completely clean crag can look much more appealing than one with patches of plant life, sticking to removing vegetation that encroaches on the line of the route only rather than everything around it will avoid destruction of any rare species of plant that may be hidden away, off to the side of these routes."

Got the idea? Clearing clumps of grass fine, mowing a ledge not. You may even find a new appreciation for climbing through the green, as FRCC secretary Ron Kenyon points out:
"Are we getting less adept at climbing on crags with a bit of veg after visiting the sun-kissed crags of the Med? Climbing a route on a high Lakeland crag will often as not leave a lasting impression. This is a fantastic project as routes do go back to nature, and we need to ensure that classic lines such as Praying Mantis; Gethsemene; Post Mostem; Totalitarian will be enjoyed in the future. I was interested to see Ramblers Hangover at Upper Scout Crag on the list - I will having a look at this a it was the first route I did - in 1964!"

A final few incentives, whether your snap-happy or a pro-photographer, make sure you get a good Lakeland shot.

Instagram your route with hashtag #lakelandrevival to win an Atom LT Jacket from Arc’teryx, and send unfiltered pictures to Ron Kenyon at ron@jaggedlakes.plus.com to be in with a chance of making the new Lakes Selective Guide (anyone chosen will receive a free copy, so no bums or tops of heads says Ron!).

So, drumroll please, the Lakeland Revival list is as follows:

North Lakes

Raven Crag, Thirlmere
Empire E3  
Communist Convert VS  
Totalitarian E1

Great End Crag, Borrowdale
Nagasaki Grooves E4  
No Holds Barred E2  

Shepherd's Crag
Vesper VS 
 
Quayfoot
The Mound MVS
  
Eagle Crag, Borrowdale
The Great Stair MVS  
The Sprogg HVS  
The Squawk E2  
Where Eagle's Dare E2  
Falconer's Crack VS  
Post Mortem E3  

High Crag, Buttermere
High Crag Butress HVS  
Nebuchanezzar's Dream E1  
Gethsemane E1  
Delilah VS 
 
Eagle Crag, Buttermere
Carnival E1  
Deimos E3  
Shape of things to come E2  
A wing and a prayer E3
  
Pilar Rock
Cunning Stunts E2
Puppet E2  
Caucus Race E3

South Lakes

Scrubby Crag
Beowulf VS  
Grendel VS  
Hrothgar HVS  

Pavey Ark
Deception S  
Rainmaker E1  
Mother Courage E4  
Cascade HVS  

East Raven Crag
Brown Trousers HVS  
Frankie goes to Kendal E1  

White Ghyll
Inferno MVS  

Upper Scout Crag
Ramblers Hangover VD  

Helm Crag
The Grouter S  
Sky Glow VS 
 
Gimmer
Carpetbagger VS  
Grondle Grooves HS  

Neckband Crag
Close Shave E4  
Tattered Banners E2  

Flat Crag
BB corner E1  
Flat Crag Corner HVS  
Solaris E4  

North Buttress
The Gnomon E1
  
Deer Bield Crag
Hubris E1  

Side Pike
Crustacean Traverse VD  

Dove Crag
Westmorlands Route S  
Hangover HVS  
Extol E2

A reminder of what you have to do:

  • Choose an unclimbed route from the Lakeland Revival list
  • Climb it and get proof of the ascent
  • Return to Needle Sports or The Climbers Shop with a short route report
  • Pick up your free T-shirt or chalk bag (whilst stocks last)
  • Feel pleased as punch
  • Check Lakeland Revival to see the projects progress and route reports and look out for the Lakeland Revival film coming soon to BMC TV
  • Instagram your route with hashtag #lakelandrevival to try to win an Atom LT Jacket from Arc’teryx
  • Send unfiltered pictures to Ron Kenyon at ron@jaggedlakes.plus.com to be in with a chance of making the new Lakes Selective Guide 

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: The Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival film on BMC TV

WATCH: James solo White Noise (E3) at Reecastle exclusive to BMC TV

WATCH: Leo Houlding climb Central Buttress of Scafell on BMC TV

WATCH: Leo Houlding climb Napes Needle on BMC TV



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 19962 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

This man just ran 12 marathons, 214 mountains and four times the height of Everest. In under a week.
0
This man just ran 12 marathons, 214 mountains and four times the height of Everest. In under a week.

Fell runner Steve Birkinshaw has just completed an incredible test of endurance in the English Lake District - and smashed a 27 year old record.
Read more »

Was this the biggest day out in UK climbing history?
1
Was this the biggest day out in UK climbing history?

On 23 June, James McHaffie soloed 100 Extreme climbs, racking up an incredible total of 160 E points, 2,976m of rock climbing and making it to Oddfellows in Keswick for last orders. Sarah Stirling catches up with him and gets a first look at his tick list.
Read more »

Lake District UNESCO status: hill walkers and climbers react
1
Lake District UNESCO status: hill walkers and climbers react

The recent awarding of world heritage site status to the Lake District has reignited debates about how England’s most prized mountain landscape should best be cared for. What do hill walkers, climbers and BMC volunteers think?
Read more »

Post a Comment
Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
5
1) Anonymous User
29/07/2014
Do you get a prize for every route?

Burdy
2) Anonymous User
29/07/2014
Some very dodgy spelling on that list.
3) Anonymous User
31/07/2014
Hi Burdy,
One prize per route.
Please climb as many routes listed as you like though, we only have enough free gear for you to claim once. Climb all 50 and we'll get you an extra special prize!!!! Thanks Needle Sports
27/08/2014
"Instagram your route with hashtag #lakelandrevival to try to win an Atom LT Jacket from Arc’teryx"

Any alternatives to Instagram for those of us without smartphones?

Simon
5) Anonymous User
02/09/2014
I climbed Totalitarian last Wednesday. It is clean, (top of the last pitch is a bit dirty), the peg on the last pitch looks in good condition. Didnt take a photograph as I forgot my camera.
The guidebook description makes the first pitch sound very serious, I managed to get plenty of bomber gear in. Although I didnt take a photo, I did manage to dislocate my thumb on the last pitch, so I think I deserve a prize if there is any free stuff left.
Martin Haworth

RELATED ARTICLES

This man just ran 12 marathons, 214 mountains and four times the height of Everest. In under a week.
0

Fell runner Steve Birkinshaw has just completed an incredible test of endurance in the English Lake District - and smashed a 27 year old record.
Read more »

Was this the biggest day out in UK climbing history?
1

On 23 June, James McHaffie soloed 100 Extreme climbs, racking up an incredible total of 160 E points, 2,976m of rock climbing and making it to Oddfellows in Keswick for last orders. Sarah Stirling catches up with him and gets a first look at his tick list.
Read more »

Lake District UNESCO status: hill walkers and climbers react
1

The recent awarding of world heritage site status to the Lake District has reignited debates about how England’s most prized mountain landscape should best be cared for. What do hill walkers, climbers and BMC volunteers think?
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £15.72.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »