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Warning over climbing route danger

Posted 14 April 2010
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Warning over climbing route danger
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A climbing route in the Lake District could be dangerous due to the presence of an unstable boulder, it has been claimed.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) said it has received a report about the Centipede Route on Raven Crag, where a television-sized piece of rock is situated around the third belay.

It has been described as loose and something that a climber may try to pull up on at that point, something that could cause a serious accident.

Those taking a belay device and a climbing rope on a trip to the Lakeland crags might wish to be aware of any potentially hazardous routes that have been highlighted, some of which may be investigated and acted on by the BMC.

Other Lake District routes that have had concerns raised about possibly unstable and dangerous boulders include the Lord's Rake route up Sca Fell, England's second highest mountain.

A large boulder has been wedged into the gap at the top of the rake and warning signs have been posted by the National Trust about this.

Posted by Elaine Arthur