Rock Shock on Pluto

Pluto HVS 5a, Raven Crag, Langdale

I hadnt been transported to a distant part of our galaxy, but was climbing rock for the first time in a while.

With a beautiful evening in the offing and long-time climbing buddy Chris up in the Lakes, we had headed over to the super-reliable evening venue of Raven Crag in Langdale to revisit a route that I had not climbed in a good few years and for Chris, never.

Pluto is one of Raven Crags best routes, a thoroughly enjoyable HVS that manages to throw in a little bit of everything – a steepish jamming crack, a committing and delicate traverse, followed by quality slab and rib climbing on solid holds.

Langdale on a perfect late Spring evening

Chris on the first pitch of Pluto

Chris struggles to work out what to do with the rack

Rich heading out across pitch 2 of Pluto

Rich traverses high above Langdale

Chris breaks out onto the rib of pitch 3

Chris on the final steep slabs of Pluto

Chris struggles with midges above Raven Crag


About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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