Friday, 2 November 2012
Although the descent is still usable the insitu assurance ropes and anchor points should be treated with extreme caution. If you are at all usure and/or its extremely windy I would strongly recommended using the furthest northern descent.
Photo: Seen better days - Tom Burns ascending the then relatively pristine central descent some 8 years ago.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Finally, one of the last best bouldering areas to get documented properly is complete.
The Lad Stones offer a brilliant hard circuit, situated on the southern flanks of Wetherlam, east of Levers Water and the Coppermines Valley. Two vast 2000 ton blocks and a few smaller satellites provide a circuit of some 50 odd problems, nothing too unusual about that. However, where the Lad Stones stand apart from other areas with a similar quota of climbs is their grade spread ratio – 60% of the problems are in the 7’s and 8’s spectrum!
I have thoroughly enjoyed putting this guide together and climbing most of the problems in the process (all but 3 at the time of writing). Big thanks to the numerous individuals who have also been up there enjoying the venue and giving valuable feedback.
I've also updated the Lad Stones Gallery, which is also well worth checking out to get a better idea of the problems on offer.
Image goes directly to guide (PDF - 3.75mb):
Anyway without further ado here she blows, I hope you enjoy the area as much as I do:
Sunday, 16 September 2012
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New videos section: http://www.lakesbloc.com/videos.html
Monday, 10 September 2012
It was previously a bit of stretch to pull on even with a very thick/folded pad, and the hole to the right made the landing a bit iffy. With the new groundwork complete it's now really easy to pull on and work the problem, plus the landing is much safer - i.e. it's good. You now only really need a single large pad to climb the problem if you have a spotter or two pads if you're on your own. I also added a couple of new problems hereabouts, which I'll write up on the site soon.
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
Whilst the descent is still usable the base has become quite traitorous and loose, so please be careful when using this access point. The ropes are, at the time of writing, still in place, however at least one anchor bolt has been squashed/damaged and may no longer be safe.
If you are at all unsure please use the easier northern descent.
Monday, 9 July 2012
To paraphrase Homer Simpson: Water water everywhere so lets all have a drink... oh, and make it a strong one!
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
There has been an incident at Badger Rock (Kentmere) whereby a group of individuals were witnessed endeavouring to climb over the dry stone wall which surrounds the field in which the block sits.
Apparently one of the individuals was climbing over the wall when it completely gave way and badly damaged the boundary between the Garburn Pass and the farmer’s field. One can only surmise they were coming from Little Font and trying to avoid the massive (irony intended) 100m walk to the gate which accesses the field. Access to the boulder has always been a bit delicate and this could cause a problem with the landowner.
I have emailed the BMC access rep for Kentmere asking if he could pre-empt the situation and try to diffuse any possible problems. In the meantime I think it would be wise to stay clear of the boulder, at least until the BMC have had a chance to contact the landowner.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Local ‘Styan’ regular, Dan Turner, has been to the block since the demise of the hold and reports the following:
I repeated Impropa RH (via Power Pinch,) probably goes at hard V9/7c now. I also did all the moves to get you into the link ups (Lateral into Impropa, Lateral into Grand and TheLlink). Doubt it will change the grade but it will probably make them all fairly hard for the grade.
So in real terms, it sounds like Impropa RH is now defunct but other than that no major disruptions to other problems/links.
X-Hold Scar (Photo courtesy of Pete Wilkinson):
Saturday, 3 March 2012
I have updated the popular Seathwaite Circuit guide to include some of the more recent additions, most notably the Fox Force Five (7c) and Screwball Scramble (7a+) blocks. I have also tweaked the accuracy of the map to help with locating boulders/problems.
The updated guide is available to download via the Crag Page here:
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Find out more about this great new addition (offering a 15 problem circuit) to the Lakes District venue list via the following links:
Diamond Reign - News Report
Tear Drop Boulder - Crag Page
Thursday, 2 February 2012
The list is avaiable to view here.