The crag is situated high above a semi-wooded valley on the Otterburn Ranges, which gives it an air of remoteness and solitude out of all proportion to the distance of approach. This fine crag faces northwest and dries reasonably quickly in most places. The rock is of good quality but does not run to holds or protection; this, coupled with its steepness, means that most of the routes are of a high standard of difficulty. Between the crag and the road are some interesting caves where a small stream flows through the crag.
Fell Sandstone Carboniferous, Dinantian
The crag lies inside the firing ranges, so permission should always be sought by phoning 0191 239 4329.
Although climbs have been recorded on the crag in earlier times the crag was not extensively developed until the early seventies with the ascents of: The Arête by Bob Hutchinson; Original Route by Ken Macdonald; and Hugh Banner’s The Last Straw. Standards then took a quantum leap with John Earl’s ascent of The Reaper and Hutchinson’s ascent of Popcorn Surprise. The same team also produced Godzilla and the Camel’s Back. The pace of development remained fierce even after the publication of the 1979 guide and a further fourteen routes were added mainly in the E3/4 range. The routes being: Quiet County by Paul Stewart and John Earl; Funeral Drum, Bob Smith and Paul Stewart; The On Sight Gobbler and Footloose and Flying Free, Bob and Tommy Smith; Priapismic Failure, Bob Smith and Andy Moss; whilst John Syrett’s parting shot was Stella.