There are a string of crags, scattered over the southern slopes of Pike o’ Blisko, of which Black Crag is the most extensive. They’re more on the scale of a Peak edge, with routes up to about 20m, but the setting is magnificent, the aspect is sunny and it’s only a 20mins walk from the top of Wrynose Pass. There’s quite a lot going for it!
The right hand end catches the early sun, so was the obvious place to start. Glass Slipper, E2 5b takes an immaculate bubbly slab, completely devoid of any gear, hence the sensible top-rope
Just to its left, you couldn’t imagine a more contrasting route – Anne’s Agony, HVS 5b takes the overhanging offwidth crack. Not as brutal as it looks, with a bit of guile and a #3 Camalot.
Here’s Anne-Marie leading Jolly Roger, VS – the cracks are not quite as helpful as you might hope!
By now, the left hand Main Wall was benefitting from the odd chink of sunshine.
Jim lead the tricky E1, First Touch,
.. and I did the adjacent E2, Yellow Fever – both excellent!
Fab crag for a short day; changeable weather; or when you are boxed after a couple of days of long approaches and multi-pitch adventuring on mountain crags (or all three on this occasion!)
A fine finale to a grand weekend – thanks Jim, Tony, Anne-Marie, Zoe and Tom (not forgetting Finn!) for the company and hospitality