Autumn shades over Derwent Water
And on all the visits to this crag, i’ve never climbed the one route that is the main draw for many – the Classic Rock tick of Troutdale Pinnacle, which as its inclusion in the mighty book would indicate is one of the best routes of its standard anywhere.
Steph on pitch 3 of Troutdale Pinnacle
Weaving its way up the right hand side of the main buttress, it contains a mix of easy slabs, steep corners and of course the airy and now, highly polished finish of the Pinnacle itself. 5-6 pitches of enjoyable climbing and with few other teams around the perfect leisurely route for a Sunday morning.
By the time we got back to the base of the crag it was past lunch, the thunderous roar of an RAF Search & Rescue helicoper was buzzing overhead (plucking someone from the adjacent fell) and there was a jangle of at least a couple of teams around. Time for one more route that afternoon.
The choice, one of several direct assaults up the Pinnacle, Troutdale Pinnacle Superdirect. An enjoyable HVS 5a route which strikes a direct line upwards, with two enjoyable and slightly more technical final pitches.
There is plenty more to go at, from VS to E3 – including some real uber classics. All can be found in the FRCC guidebook.