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Duck Crag

Map Reference: SE686953
Aspect: West
Altitude: 290m
Approach Time: 10 minutes

History
Unknown prior to 2011, however there are no signs of any previous ascents being made. The crag was discovered by Sam Marks and Jack Hodgson in late 2011 and the first routes were put up in June 2012 during the Queens Jubilee weekend.

Situation and Character
The crag has pleasant views over the lower end of Farndale and is only a short walk from the road. For a full day it would be best combined with a trip to either the Duck Boulders or Oak Crag.

Access and Approaches
The crag lies 1km south of Oak Crag and just a few hundred meters above the Duck Boulders. Either park just south of the oak crag parking in an obvious 'D shaped' lay-by and walk west across the moorland to find the top of the crag in about 10 minutes. Alternatively, Park in Low Mill Farndale and follow the foot path up to Cragg Cottage, then continue directly up the hill, through the Duck Boulders until you are below the crag.

The Climbs
The climbs are described left to right. The first buttress is BBQ Buttress and is distinctly black in colour. The second, Jubilee Buttress is just right of this. Duck wall lies about 100 meters south of here and is the most southern buttress.

BBQ Buttress

Bad Moon Rising 9m VS 4c**
Traverse in from the right over wet ground and then climb the black coloured wall direct.
Jack Hodgson, Sam Marks 24/Jul/2012

Jubilee Buttress

Ghana Groove 8m VS 5a
The groove in the left side of Jubilee Buttress.
Sam Marks, Jack Hodgson 04/Jun/2012

Gambian Panic 9m HVS 5a*
Start of Ghana groove until able to step right onto a sloping ledge. Finish up and right.
Sam Marks, Jack Hodgson 24/Jul/2012

Sixty Years of Rain 11m E1 5b*
Climb Indian Crack until able to hand traverse a thin crack leftwards with some difficulty to the centre of the buttress. Ascend directly to the top from here.
Sam Marks, Jack Hodgson 24/Jul/2012

Indian Crack 8m HS 4b*
Climb the crack right of the large roof.
Jack Hodgson, Sam Marks 04/Jun/2012

Duck Wall

Quackers 7m VS 5a
Climb the arete and wall in the centre of the buttress.
Jack Hodgson, Sam Marks 04/Jun/2012

Donald's Wall 7m VS 5b
Climb the scoop right of 'Quakers' and then step left to top out as for that route.
Sam Marks, Jack Hodgson 04/Jun/2012