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Scarth Wood Pinnacle


OS  NZ463 003

This isolated pinnacle is in Scarth Wood, 500m to the north east of Beacon Scar. It has three recorded routes. The pinnacle once had an open aspect and was reasonably clean, unfortunately it is now surrounded by a mature forest, which prevents the rock from drying quickly, and the climbs therefore are often green and greasy. Approach as for Beacon Scar but on arriving at the stonewall do not pass through the gate but follow the wall to the right for approximately 250m to another gate in the wall. Pass through the gate and follow the descending track for 150m to where a horizontal break leads to the right, follow this and after about 30m the top of the pinnacle should be visible just below the track.


The Original Route   11m   D

Start in a chimney in front of the pinnacle. It leads up and through to the rear of the pinnacle.

Sloping holds lead to the summit.

Maurice Wilson, John Hickman       1957


Mythical Pinnacle   10m   E3 5c

Climb the front face of the pinnacle. Poorly protected and bold.

Steve Findlay, Chris Shorter     June 1993


Mordicus   10m   S

Start just left of the chimney of Original Route. Gain the obvious broad crack and follow it with interest to a dirty shelf, finish up the short wall.

Tony Marr   (Solo) September 1993 



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