Our Top Five Soul-Destroying Climbs

Check out our pick of truly horrid climbs on UK mountains then tell us what sinks your boat...

Posted: 5 March 2013
by Jon

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We've all got them - the ascents that make our heart sink. The ones we never, ever want to do again. The climbs that simply have few or no redeeming features. Just for the painful hell of it, here are our top five Soul-Destroying UK Climbs in no particular order...

Kirkfell From Wasdale Head

The real horror of the climb up Kirkfell from Wasdale is that it looks oddly inviting. Green, scenic and kind of echoing with the promise of breathtaking views down the valley. That's what you think when you start off anyway.

The reality is that it's a relently steep, brain cell killing trudge up grassy monotony with steps formed in it like a snow-slope. And because you're always facing forwards your views, unless you stop, are invariably steep grass and more steep grass. Straight up that righthand edge in fact...

To be fair, it's lovely when you reach the top, but there's no technical interest and the relentlessness of the climb makes it thoroughly nasty, though on the right day...

Image: Bob C from the OM Gallery.

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The band isn't so bad in descent, you can run down most of it. It is better than going down via Rossett Gill path

As for Kirk Fell, I was fine on the grassy part, but couldn't bear the scree

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:10

Can't believe Elidar Fawr didn't make it - it's the worst slog of all. Way worse than Pen from Ogwen

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:55

Or Moel Siabod direct from the back of Plas y Brenin!

I've only ever descended that way.

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:21

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