Jun 13 09
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The view from Mosedale across to Scafell and Eskdale. Esk Buttress is the clean pillar of rock, a pale "thumb", above the dark shadow on the middle foreground about a third in from the right of the image.

The view from Mosedale across to Scafell and Eskdale. Esk Buttress is the clean pillar of rock, a pale “thumb”, above the dark shadow on the middle foreground about a third in from the right of the image.

I reckon one of the more remote and wonderful Lakeland valleys is Eskdale. It’s a longish walk to get there, one is out of sight of all sign’s of modern life such as roads, and there’s hardly even any paths (certainly no eroded tracks like in Langdale). Of course a more remote day out climbing needs a favourable weather forecast and an early start if there’s gonna be much time left to climb before having to hike back out. One option is to take a little camping gear and spend the night out. There can hardly be a better spot than the Great Moss, at the head of Eskdale, to enjoy wild camping. Laetitia and I have done this a few times, but today was not one of those times as Laetitia’s parents were visiting on Sunday.

We kicked off the action with an ascent of Red Edge. An utterly fantastic route! If a little tough for the grade? What is the grade anyway? Some guidebooks indicate HVS, and some E1. Interestingly another team at Esk Buttress on Saturday backed off it after having already done Central Pillar, a classic E2. Having also done Central Pillar I would suggest it is easier (although it requires a very steady approach!) than Red Edge. Weird grading?

The middle crux of Red Edge

The middle crux of Red Edge

The upper crux of Red Edge

The upper crux of Red Edge

Pete on the start of the not too often climbed easy second pitch of Red Edge

Pete on the start of the not too often climbed easy second pitch of Red Edge

After all that we enjoyed a fun romp up the crag’s classic easy line, Bridge’s Route, before heading back home…

Laetitia on the start of the classic Bridge's Route

Laetitia on the start of the classic Bridge’s Route

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