Bentley Beetham weekend at Stair

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Bentley BeethamLittle Chamonix

STAIR HUT Friday June 10th to Sunday 12th

In anticipation of the launch of the latest Borrowdale Guide, Chris Campbell invites you to a special weekend meet at Stair to celebrate the pioneering work done by Bentley Beetham (1886-1963) in putting up so many Borrowdale climbs that culminated in his authoring of the third edition of the Fell & Rock Club guide to the valley in 1953.

Contact: Chris Campbell tel. 01768 361 001


It is planned to complete ascents of the following routes of his in Borrowdale, included in the Lake District Rock (2015) Wired Guide.


Jackdaw Ridge (D) *

Donkey’s Ears (HS) **

Monolith Crack (HVS – 4c) **

Shepherd’s Chimney (VS – 5a) **

Little Chamonix (VD) *** (photo on right)

Crescendo (MVS – 4b) *

Chamonix (HS) **

Brown Slabs Crack (VS-4c) **

Brown Slabs (D) **

Brown Slabs Direct (VD) ***

Brown Slabs Face (HVD) ***

Brown Slabs Arete (D) ***

Quayfoot Buttress (VD) **

Woden’s Face

Woden’s Face (MVS -4b ) **

Woden’s Face Direct (S -4a) **

Woden’s Cheek (MVS -4b) **

Bowderstone Crag

Woden’s Needle (S-4a) **

Combe Ghyll – Dove’s Nest

Face Route (VD) **

Glaciated Slab

Trod Dovera (VD)

Trod Lethera (D) *

Trod Pimp (S) **

Trod Methera (S) **

Trod Tethera (VD) **

Trod Tan (D) *

Raven Crag

Pedestal Wall (S) **

Raven Crag Buttress (VD) ***

Corax (HS – 4a) **

Corvus (D) ***


Gabbro (VD) **

Grey Knotts Face (VD) **

This selection provides a good range of grades and locations from the valley bottom to higher crags. Not only was his contribution long-lasting – 1921-1952 but prodigious – 85 routes are attributed to him in the current Guide. Without wishing to be overly-prescriptive – this should be a chalk-free w/e. Tricouni-nailed boots and hemp rope are optional ! Any team is welcome to complete all routes in the w/e.

To co-ordinate efforts can those interested please contact with their choice of route(s) before  18/19 June.