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.
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!