Steve & Judy Pardoe's Eastby Crag Page

Eastby Crag, near Skipton, Sunday 13/6/1999

Eastby Crag is a pleasant, south-facing gritstone outcrop a few miles north of Skipton, W. Yorks. Its routes are mostly short, but the rock is excellent.

Kate starting the awkward offwidth crack to complete "Index Variation" (VS 5a). Dave Raper belaying
I led Scoop & Crack, S 4a (12m) [P1] and then Dave climbed Index Variation VS 5a (10m) [P2] and brought me and Kate up. It's a delicate, balancy slab with a shallow scoop. There's no opportunity to place protection until top of the slab, then it's a bold foot jam or layback to complete the exit crack, or an easier traverse up a gully to the left.

P grades (from the new Yorkshire Grit Guidebook) are ease of protection (P1 means plenty, P3 means you only fall once).

Kate laybacking the exit crack A general view of Eastby Crag

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