This site is a digital copy of the 1997 BMC guidebook to rock climbing in Lancashire

Cholera Area

  • 98 - The Open Book

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1998
    Rating: 1

    Why don`t you read it? Start by a series of mantelshelves to reach the open groove, then climb this and pull over the overhang in a sensational position on good holds.

  • 99 - Alchemy

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1996
    Rating: 0

    15 metres farther left at a higher level is a groove on the right-hand side of a buttress. Follow a line just to the right of this groove, then use the remnants of a drill-hole to make a quick step into the groove near the top.

  • 100 - Summer Lightning

    Grade: 6b | First Ascent: -1996
    Rating: 2

    Climb from the blocks just left of the groove (three pegs and a Friend). The right arĂȘte is used near the top before a move left on to the final slab. A strenuous effort.

  • 101 - Cracker

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent: -1996
    Rating: 0

    Start off the blocks and gain bottomless parallel cracks, which can then be followed to the top.

  • 102 - Cholera

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent: -1988
    Rating: 2

    First climbed the day after a cholera jab that rendered the leader`s left arm barely operational. Although the jab is not compulsory, the route should be, for visitors who wish to sample the highlights at Egerton. Start four metres left of the blocks and climb the off-width crack to a sloping mantelshelf finish. Not as easy as it looks.