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Threading The Needle

Threading The Needle

Threading The Needle

Page Type: Route

Location: Cumbria, England, Europe

Lat/Lon: 54.47000°N / 3.27°W

Object Title: Threading The Needle

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Scramble II

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Page By: fdoctor

Created/Edited: Dec 4, 2005 / Dec 4, 2005

Object ID: 167824

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As per main page for the Napes Needle climb

Route Description

This is an easier route than the main climb on the Needle itself and gives general mountaineers to "play" in an area that you might think is traditionally only for climbers. The scenery is magnificent and once this route has been accomplished you can continue with something likes Sphinx Ridge, Eagles Nest Gully or just complete the Gable Traverse.

The route is a traverse of the gap between the Needle and Needle Ridge. Begin from the side away from "the balcony" (the lake side) and scramble up the rocks to the gap. Now enter the chimney and wriggle for all you're worth suppressing all thoughts of maintaining your dignity if someone is behind you! On reaching the op of the gap you will now have a magnificent view across to the balcony and off the needle itself. The descent is quite steep and a little awkward. Some may prefer to have a partner with a rope and be lowered, but it is quite do-able without a rope.

Essential Gear

A rope would be useful if a member of the party has any difficulty with the ascent, but competent scramblers will not require it.

Miscellaneous Info

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Up the chimney of the Thread...Napes Needle, arrow shows the...Sphinx rock