Consolation Crag

(2 routes)

One two-pitch route was climbed on the walk out when high winds prevented a climb on Cloudy Peak proper. Potential for more routes. Other crags in the lower valley have potential for similar routes, useful for when weather or time limitations prevent climbing the longer routes in the area, or as a half day option before walking out.

Can walk off top and around north side of crag to get back to the base.


A ~60m high wall on the true left, high above the 'oasis' at the 1500m contour.

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CC Consolation Corner 17,18 60m
wire representing trad 2
A two-pitch line up the centre of the crag. First pitch is loose and poorly protected in places. Second pitch has good rock and good protection, great climbing.
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Start below centre of crag, move up and right into a broad corner and follow the broad weakness up to a large ledge. Climb pillars out of the ledge to a large boulder then up right (crux) to large ledges in the centre of the cliff. Belay at a large boulder to the left of a prominent chimney/corner. This pitch has poor protection in the lower half, though the crux is decently protected.


Move right along a weakness from the prominent chimney/corner towards the face into a narrow and steep v-corner (good protection). Move up then left where it peters out into another steep v-corner. Move up this past a bulge to the top of the cliff. Good protection and good climbing.

Owain Scullion and Tom Garden, March 2021.