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Name:Napes Needle
Hill number:3689
Height:680m / 2231ft
Parent (Ma):2367  Great Gable
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Class:Deleted Nuttall
Grid ref:NY 20949 09991
Summit feature:gently sloping rock
Col:666.6m  NY210100  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89 90
(1:25k) OL4S OL6N
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:Added to "deleted" Nuttalls list in vol 2 of Mountains of England. Drop measured by R Woodall
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 64 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Dave McGimpsey leading, me following. Ab'd off belay shelf.jonglew13/08/2019
With Jon GlewDave McG13/08/2019
Repeat climb nearly 30 years after first ascent with Mark T. Michael Earnshaw and Eddie Dealtry my capable seconds. Up the Wasdale Arête this time as opposed to the Wasdale Crack first time. Had a look at the Obverse Route but thought it harder than necessary for reverse lead and seconds. Up the traditional nose on good holds, camming device down below on East side of top block for top belay and help with leaders downclimb. Nice big hawser in situ at belay to keep all safe, all downclimbed the arête though rather than ab off. Great sunny weather day.nordicstar19/07/2018
Seconded with Mae up Wasdale Arete and over the traditional nose. Ably led by Nordicstar. Grand day for it.Eddie19/07/2018
Climbed as 2ndRuth26/05/2018
Napes Needle > Kirk Fell Rib End Point E > Kirk Fell East Top > Kirk Fell from GR: NY 18694 08565ronaldo33321/04/2018
from Wasdaleemily15/04/2017
Threaded, not climbedpwithnall05/06/2016
Walk with Mum and Dad (Camping Wasdale Head)byron230217/09/2014
Threading the Needle was enough for me. As an ex-Nuttall that will do.mcbiydw213/07/2014
doing South Traverse twice from Seathwaite(Taylor Gill Force)and Wasdale Headrb07/07/2014
With Keith and Rob. First climbed in mid 60s.Dave Geere25/12/2013
first Wed of working PT. Climbed with JT.Frank04/09/2013
Done in excellent weather with Ian Oddy who I met at Styhead Pass. He had no idea what to expect and thought Wainwright had actually done the walk. Once over this Grade 2 Scramble he thought otherwise. We went on scrambling around what Wainwrights Guide calls the 'Dress Circle' to Sphinx Rock. Whatever it may be called I just make my own route and this guy followed nervously but bubbling with elation.Aimless Rambler11/07/2013
Date climbed approx, climbed with DB and AL after Tophet Wall.Dave McG01/06/2010
Was guided up by Tim Blakemore on a cold but bright Autumn day, went on to climb needle Ridge and Westmorland Crags, before summitting Gable.rossdrummond01/10/2009
Estimated date. Done with James and Simon. On to The Sphinx and then up the Grade 2 scramble of Sphinx Ridge.Aimless Rambler01/04/2008
climbed several timesollismark02/02/2002
With: Eric Murray, Denise McLellan, Zoe Gordon. Notes:dchill0103/06/2000
Eric Led, I seconded. Afterwards we continued the Climbers' Traverse with John and Andy and climb Great Gable.mikejacobs31/05/1997
With MT, climbed via the classic route. Stood on top, no handstand! Climbed back and threaded needle for good measure.nordicstar11/04/1992
Seatwaite, Taylor Force Gill, Climbers traverse, led Napes Needle, up to Sphynx Rock and gully up to Westmoorland cairn and onto top of Gable. Over Green Gable and down Sour Milk Gill to Seatwaite. With Rick, Mark and Don.Mark T11/04/1992
Classic Climb bagging on a sunny weekend. Climbed Bowfell Buttress at 7am on a sunny morning from a high camp at Angle Tarn with Steve then on to Napes on Great Gable to climb Tophet Wall and for me to lead Napes Needle - another ambition after being taken up it 3 years ago - then back to camp and down to Langdale.Chris Pearson07/05/1989
Led with Phil Moorey via AreteIainT03/10/1987
Led up standard route by Colin Kenning on a Vibram MC meet. I was just learning to climb, bring taught by Colin. Gripped but thrilled! At the time an ambition achieved.I caught the climbing bug from these early days. Climbed just 2 weeks before the centenary of the 1st ascent by Walter Haskett Smith the 'father of British rock climbing' who climbed up and down unroped in nailed boots leaving his handkerchief on the top as a calling card. He wrote a very detailed account of his ascent stating that wondering once up if the descent would be harder, and that he was very glad once down onto solid ground again - as I was.Chris Pearson14/06/1986
My 1st Ascent of Napes Needle with TN.Vin21/10/1985
Approx dateMM16/04/1981
Approximate date.Followed by Eagles Nest Ridge.ARM01/06/1980
Climbed with Durham Mountaineering. Exact date unknown.John Lee15/05/1978
With Chris Massey.JtwoUD14/01/1973
For 6 months I was a member of the East Yorkshire Mountaineering club. After being successfully, but reluctantly, pulled up and lowered down this one (and Pillar Rock) I decided that I preferred terra firma (and the firmer, the less terror)moorsman25/09/1968
Also climbed on 16/09/1978 & 30/05/1992.ngthack07/08/1968
As budding climbers still at school walked from Langdale especially to climb Napes Needle and Innominate Crack that we'd seen pictures of. Done several times since, by various routes.Aye Jimmy20/05/1961
A cold day early 1970. Several ascents since.summitsupblank
Jim Baz04/11/2017
Jill Robertson08/07/2017
Jim B19/06/2015
Steve Clark09/04/2010