Tom Ripley is originally from the Lakes but now lives between Sheffield, North Wales and the Alps whilst completing the British Mountain Guide scheme.  Here he gives us the low down on his favourite route from the Lakeland Revival list (it is a popular one as Emma Twyford also choose it a couple of weeks back.) Check it out below.

Hiddenite, E2, Iron Crag

“Iron Crag in Thirlmere was a bit of a backwater for many years, mainly because it was (unfairly) omitted from the first edition of Lakes District Rock. Whilst the right-hand crag is domain of hard men and women only; the left-hand crag gets the morning sun, is quick drying and has a handful of great pitches in the E1-4 range. The best of these is Hiddenite, a tricky E2 on the right of the crag. I climbed it a few years ago with my best mate Duncan, on the way south after an abortive trip to Skye. The climbing is positive and fingery, with a well-protected crux and a slightly bold (but not much easier) finish. If you found that okay try Marble Staircase (E4) or whoop across huge holds and jams on The Steel Band (E2) – very reminiscent of Gogarth’s Atlantis/True Moments/Freebird.”

Check out Hiddenite on the Lakeland Gems Route Card.


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