Crinkle Crags from High Raise

Crinkle Crags in the background, with the lump of Pike o’Stickle nearer the camera. Viewed from High Raise.

Height: 2816 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 23rd August 2012 (walk 64). Second visit: 12th May 2018 (walk 145).

Crinkle Crags summit

Crinkle Crags summit. Scafell Pike pokes its nose up behind the hikers.

Bagged as numberFirst round: 202 of 330. [ << Hard Knott (201)  (203) Cold Pike >> ]

Second round: 145 of 330. [ << Great Cockup (144)  (146) Scafell Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Upper Eskdale, via Adam-a-Cove – the route is depicted on Wainwright’s page Crinkle Crags 8. Left on the ridge to Cold Pike.

Second visit: Came up from Dungeon Ghyll, via the Hell Gill route. Descended to Red Tarn and thence back to the starting point.

Red Tarn

Walkers at Red Tarn. Crinkle Crags behind.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Some mountains are obviously named by reference to their physical characteristics… Crinkle Crags is much too good to be missed. For the mountaineer who prefers his mountains rough, who likes to see steep craggy slopes towering before him into the sky, who enjoys an up-and-down ridge walk full of interesting nooks and corners, who has an appreciative eye for magnificent views, this is a climb deserving of high priority. But it is not a place to visit in bad weather for the top is confusing, with ins and outs as well as ups and downs and a sketchy path that cannot be relied on.”

The Bad Step

The Bad Step. Remember, it’s not obligatory.

What I say:  Showing a flagrant disregard for this advice, the first two times I ascended Crinkle Crags  in my life, the weather was thoroughly crap. Fortunately my third visit (second for this project) was done in far better conditions and allowed me to finally appreciate this fine and, well, crinkly beast. It makes Wainwright’s ‘Top Half-Dozen’ and is definitely a very fine climb, although there are more impressive and exhilarating ridge walks in the Lakes in my opinion. But remember, it is just my opinion.

The most memorable bit of the fell, for many visitors, will probably be the Bad Step (pictured) — which is very well-named. But realise there is no obigation to get up or down it, with a perfectly good ‘bypass’ alternative available, and obvious from below — though people coming down from the summit, without knowledge of this obstacle, may find themselves down here and facing the awkward choice of returning to the top or risking this pitch.

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3 Responses to “Crinkle Crags”

  1. […] Fell and Hard Knott and walk 64 up the valley pictured here – Upper Eskdale – over Crinkle Crags and eventually down to Langdale. Two long walks, to add to the long walk I did on Monday…. […]

  2. Great blog -really enjoyed your descriptions

  3. […] wetter, colder Lakes experiences, namely walk 64 back in August 2012. That walk ensured I would add Crinkle Crags to the list of ‘fells I really needed to go back to in better weather’ — but walk […]

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