June 24, 2019 at 9:34 pm #4099
Pillar Wild Camp Meet
12-14th July 2019
A remote, complex and epic crag, Pillar inspired some of the earliest pioneers of Lakeland climbing: Make your pilgrimage!
Approach: A scenic 2.5 hrs hike from Wasdale Head, Bowness Knott or Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere. Cycling, or car-relay can help.
Wild camping: At NY 174 125 there are numerous mini plateaus for small tents, bivouacs or tarps minutes from the climbing with ample water. Bathing spots a plenty in the River Liza below. Beer is available at YHA Blacksail, a 7 km return leg stretch. Real campsite and pub in Wasdale. ,
Climbing: With three extensive faces of high quality rock and a summit finish, stars abound on routes across all grades pushing 200 m in length. Local alternatives include Steeple, Cove, Black and Spire crags.
Weather: It cannot be guaranteed, but Pillar holds the sun all day and at 600 m, stays comfortable.
Find a partner to help carry your food and tent!July 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm #4103Maria GogginParticipant
We’ve got it in the diary – fingers crossed on weather 🌞July 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm #4106
We’ve got it in the diary too. Pillar never fails to give a good day out. But 2 days in a row!! Can’t resist.
Rick & AmandaJuly 4, 2019 at 10:48 pm #4107
Great stuff. Where are you planning to park?
Company/coordination for post-trip pub refreshment plans.July 8, 2019 at 9:07 am #4108
The plan is just up the road from Gatesgarth Farm to avoid paying the rather steep daily parking charges. I’ve a feeling that there’s a couple of laybys just a bit up.July 8, 2019 at 10:52 am #4109
Actually, if it looks like we can ferry packs up the road from Bowness Knott then we’ll do that. Probably pack the MTB to run back up again after returning the car.July 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm #4110
Yep, there are laybys just up from Gatesgarth I’ve used overnight too.
Bowness free too, and has the car relay option; as you suggest (as per email) this will only work if the gate is unlocked but I believe it normally is!
People also dump MTBs in the woods too.July 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm #4111Richard WalthamParticipant
Bowness Knott, sneaky car-trip up the foresty track (ever locked?), dump sacks, draw short straws for who drives back, parks and cycles back in (unencumbered with load).
“Letting the Va<strike>i</strike>n take the Strain”!
P.S. As I compile this it looks like somebody has removed my Html privileges. I’m not to be trusted, obviously!
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.