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

Black Buttress

  • 52 - Black Russian

    Grade: 6a | First Ascent: -1982
    Rating: 1

    Start at the right-hand end of the wall, about two metres right of Black Sheep and take a wandering line up the wall.

  • 53 - Black Sheep

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1982
    Rating: 0

    The central crack. Often damp.

  • 54 - Black Magic

    Grade: 6a | First Ascent: -1982
    Rating: 1

    Start one metre to the left and climb the wall directly on pockets.

  • 55 - Black Jack

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1982
    Rating: 0

    Start one metre farther left, just to the right of some obvious, rounded horizontal breaks and climb up, using a handhold at the extreme right edge of the lowest break.

  • 56 - Black Edge

    Grade: 4b | First Ascent: -1982
    Rating: 0

    Start at a short crack five metres to the left of Black Sheep. Climb up for a couple of metres until it is possible to traverse right and finish as for Black Jack.

  • 57 - Labyrinth

    Grade: 6a | First Ascent: -1997
    Rating: 2

    A left-to-right traverse, based on the vague, but obvious, break/crease that crosses the buttress. Start on a shelf at the left side of the wall below a scratched arrow, then move rightwards to gain the continuation break/crease and follow this past the central crack to finish right of Black Russian.