The map lied. Long Crag was not quite as small and inconsequential as it looked on paper. It loomed above me capped with grey cloud, and as I stood at the bottom contemplating what was about to come I decided that this was a misdeed I was not going to forgive.
Brian Evans’ Scrambles in the Lake District reserves three stars for classic routes with continuously interesting lines. Only a few Grade 1 scrambles have been awarded this elusive triple accolade, and Long Crag is one of them. It stands high above Coniston in the Lake District at the mouth of the Coppermines Valley. It is easily accessible, the climb starting only a short walk from Coniston village centre.
This was one of my first features for Trail magazine and tested my limits when it came to being on the edge… Read the full article here: Long Crag, Trail magazine
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