Ken Wilson's classic 'Classic Rock'. Arenig routes are unlikely to grace future editions. Photo Baton-Wicks
I was reading on the BMC site about the Arc’teryx sponsored‘Lakeland Revival’. A project which it is hoped, will breathe new life into some fifty or so classic Lakeland climbs which have fallen out of favour in recent years. Looking at the list, it is remarkable to see some absolute three star classics which have lost their appeal to the extent that they are now falling back into their pre first ascent vegetative state. Routes like Nagasaki Grooves, Communist Convert, Grendel, Extol and Westmorland’s Route. Route names which will resonate with any student of climbing history.
Achilles Heel’s first ascent saw some fine climbing by David Craig to reach The Trojan Horse. A steep and thin slabby wall which had that crumbly black moss halting progress in several sections, and which offered very little in the way of natural protection.