Eiger North Face

It's not every day you can say you climbed Eiger North Face. Rarer still when you can follow it with Eiger Left Face and then, yes, Eiger Right Face. Clearly this is not the Alps. Though I suspect the routes may have been named for the friable nature of the rock which is where the similarity with their namesake ends.
The approach is steep, but it is up over boulders, through hawthorn and ash, rather than snow fields to reach the base of the crag, the epitome in many ways of Yorkshire limestone esoterica, looking down on the River Wharfe.
Protection however is generally good, although the surrounding rock exploded on setting one wire, and the routes short. But then trad routes on limestone are something of a rarity to be savoured, as is the lack of polish, even if a few holds do need to be excavated on the ascent. 
Hawckswick Crag remains then, as it should, typically deserted; a quiet crag from which to savour some traditional limestone climbing and a fine sunset.

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