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Great Gable

The Great Gable mountain range lies in the heart of the English Lake District. When you view it from Wasdale it looks like a pyramid, but from any other location it looks like a dome. This popular Lakeland range has many different routes that allow a walker to reach its summit, and Great Gable is part of several other ranges of the high pass of Windy Gap including the smaller sister hill called Green Gable.

Great Gable’s summit has an array of boulders, and the highest peak includes a rock outcrop that also includes a cairn. Upon the summit rock you will find a plaque that is dedicated to members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club who lost their lives in World War I. In addition, there is an annual memorial service held every year on Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday of November. This date was chosen because it is the closest to Remembrance Day, November 11th.

Great Gable’s location within the Lake District and the prominent position of the summit provide visitors panoramic views of any of the Great Gable peaks in the area. In spite of the way the main fell groups are laid out only Wast Water and Windermere lakes are visible. If you travel one hundred yards southwest of the summit where it overlooks the Napes you can see the Westmorland Cairn. Many walkers have such a high regard for the summit of Great Gable that it is become a popular site for scattering of ashes after a person is cremated.

There are several different routes that a rock climber can choose to begin ascent to Great Gable. Like any of the other mountain ranges in the Lake District, the ascent route you choose to climb Great Gable depends where you want to go and what view you wish to partake when you arrive upon the summit of Great Gable. You will find cliffs to the north and south with the Napes being an important part of the history of rock climbing in the English Lake District. Many believe this region to be the essence of rock climbing in England and the heart of its birth as a sport.

It is essential for those wishing to climb Napes Needle to be aware that it is much easier to descend than ascend because of the absence of any permanent anchors or bolts to assist with your descent from the ridges and rocks. That is not to say that one should not attempt to climb this section of Great Gable but rather than you need to be aware of the difficulty and plan your climb accordingly. It is certainly not an adventure that one should attempt unless you have the strength and agility to move quickly and safely.
For those who have the agility it takes to climb Great Gable to its summit, it can be a rather challenging adventure. Great Gable is one of the more popular mountains in the Lake District, and it’s easy to understand why. Great Gable offers a challenge to those who wish to climb to the summit while also offering spectacular views of other mountain peaks as well.