After driving up from Bristol in the morning we were after a short day climbing in Borrowdale. Our initial plan having not climbed outside since the Dolomites last year was to head to Shepherd’s Crag, however despite it being a Thursday every car park was very full so after driving between them all multiple times we bailed to another plan. We parked in the large car park near Quayfoot Buttress and then made an unusual approach to Black Crag to climb Troutdale Pinnacle.

I last climbed Troutdale Pinnacle six years ago while training for the alps, it was soaking wet and we moved together. This time the weather was much more favourable, and my climbing was much less current, however it was a much more enjoyable route this time.

We were hoping that starting late in the middle of the week that we would be the only people at the crag, however as we arrived there were two other teams there, one of which was setting off up Troutdale Pinnacle. We decided to queue anyway, and had a chilled out climb enjoying the sun at the belays.

The climbing was just fantastic, excellent rock, decent gear, great positions, fantastic views and brilliant climbing. What more could you want from a route! The positions on the last pitch were simply brilliant.

Becky on pitch 2
Becky on pitch 2
Third belay in a fantastic setting
Another team climbing the pinnacle
Becky on the pinnacle
Dynamic climbing at the top
At the top of the final pitch
Becky at the top in front of Skiddaw
Summit selfie