We enjoyed some great weather last weekend, so we headed into Great Langdale. For one of the guys it was his first climbing experience so we headed up the Classic Middlefell Buttress on Raven Crag behind the Old Dungeon Ghyll. Middlefell buttress is a fantastic introduction to rock climbing taking a great line up the left most part of the Crag on fantastic volcanic rock. The Rhyolite rock here gives great friction & good solid protection for the first time leader. The buttress also gives moderate climbing linking short pitches together interspersed with good ledges & belay & the views of the valley below are stunning, the higher up you climb the more the valley below opens up until you can see Lake Windermere in the distance.
Gimmer Crag is one of my favourite crags in Langdale sitting high up on the hillside towering above the valley below & facing south it gets plenty of sun & drys quickly. There's loads of classic great routes here at all grades from Gimmer Chimney, Bracket & Slab climb, A route, B route, C route & D route all moderate in grade, Springbank, Eastern Hammer, Equus, Kipling Groove, Intern & Gimmer String all mega classic 3 star routes and the list just goes on - an awesome crag.