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Best route up Pen-Y-Ghent

Posted: 31 May 2013, 10:58
by grifinuk
When doing the 3 peaks starting with Pen-Y-Ghent, is it better to climb Pen-Y-Ghent via the 'nose' or to use the less steep route that goes to the left? How much extra distance does the less steep route add on?

Re: Best route up Pen-Y-Ghent

Posted: 31 May 2013, 19:47
by mac.hawk
It's not 'better' either way. The challenge is to summit all three peaks and return to your starting point, how you choose to accomplish this is entirely a matter of personal choice. However the practicalities are that in ascending PyG via the nose...........

1. If you have a problem with heights, the beginning of the final ascent could be an issue as there is a short section where there is quite a visible drop to the right. OK it's not Striding Edge but if you've a vertigo problem ....................

2. There is some quite tall 'stepping' near the very top of the 'scrambley' bit which might not suite everyone.

The route via Horton Scar Lane to Tarn Bar thereafter taking the Pennine Way to reach the summit adds just over 2/3 mile according to Memory Map and there's no earthly reason why you shouldn't take this route should you so wish.