This weeks ‘Pick of the Week’ has been chosen by local legend Ron Kenyon.
Ron began climbing in 1965 under the watchful eye of Keith King, his first route being Ramblers Hangover (VD) at Scout Scar in Langdale. Keith was the woodwork master at Penrith Grammar School and climbed with Arthur Dolphin and Yorkshire gang, he was involved with one of the first ever routes at Kilnsey in 1952.
Ron has gone on to make over 500 first ascents across the UK and assisted with numerous guide books, his first being in 1975 with Steve Wilson and more recently the Borrowdale Guide in 2015. An avid member of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club he has been Guidebook Secretary for 10 years and President for 2. Alongside this he is also the BMC access officer for Eden Valley & North Lakes and chairman of the climbers group at Eden Climbing Wall.
So to say he knows his stuff is an understatement! Check out Ron’s favourite Lakeland Revival route and why it holds so many special memories for him. View it on the enchainment route card HERE.
Eagle’s Nest Ridge Direct – VS – The Napes, Great Gable
You can download a printable topo for Eagle’s Nest Ridge HERE
“It is difficult to think of a favourite route. It can be because of the climbing, who you climb it with or memories of a particular climb. One of my favourites is Eagle’s Nest Ridge Direct – first climbed in 1892 by Godfrey Solly, with no modern gear, it was a tremendous lead and still is a stunning route. I have climbed it with my son Michael and later with daughter Catherine as a great mountain day, starting from Seathwaite in Borrowdale and up to Sty Head Pass then along the Climbers Traverse to the The Napes. As an added bonus we climbed Napes Needle which is always an adventure then along to the start of Eagle’s Nest Ridge Direct. Great rock with initially good protection but with a crescendo up the under protected crux to finish. We finished up the Ordinary Route and continued over Great Gable and back to Seathwaite for a classic mountain day.”
See Ron talking in our very first Lakeland Revival video.