Scar Crags, from Causey Pike

Scar Crags, from Causey Pike (Sail and Eel Crag in background)

Height: 2205 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 6 (The North-Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 10th November 2010 (walk 27). Second visit: 7th April 2017 (walk 126).

Scar Crags summit

Scar Crags summit

Bagged as numberFirst round: 88 out of 330. [ << Causey Pike (87)  (89) Lank Rigg >> ]

Second round: 95 of 330. [ << Sail (94)  (96) Causey Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached along the ridge from Causey Pike. Descended to Sail Pass and then back down the mine road to Stair.

Second visit: Came up from Sail Pass, went along to Causey Pike.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Scar Crags is the big brother of Causey Pike, topping the latter by 170 feet, but it is the lesser height that captures the fancy, that provides the challenge, that steals the picture and is the better known by far. Scar Crags continues the line of the ridge toward Eel Crag, and does so in rather striking fashion, having a ragged edge of broken heathery crag throughout its length, and, below, an excessively rough slope falls to Rigg Beck. There is a regular and recurring pattern of arete and gully on this southern face, as though the fellside had been scraped by a giant comb: an effect best seen from Ard Crags directly opposite.”

Scar Crags from Sail

Scar Crags, from Sail — with the summit bump of Causey Pike peeking over the ridge

What I say: I take his point about Scar Crags seeming subordinate to Causey Pike but although I don’t imagine anyone would climb Scar Crags alone, I also wouldn’t really see the point of climbing Causey Pike without then going on to Scar Crags. The fells are better viewed as siblings, both complementing the other. Sure, Causey Pike seems more forward, more extrovert, but as you can see from these photos Scar Crags has some impressive features about it and is rather more distinctive than it seems when seen from afar, or even when first viewed from its little brother. Between them they make a very fine double ascent.

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One Response to “Scar Crags”

  1. […] setting out from and returning to Braithwaite, and five summits bagged: Barrow, Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey […]

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