Saturday, 1 July 2000

Great Gable

Great Gable at the head of Wastwater
Height: 899m (2,949ft)
Prominence: 425m (1,394ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Marilyn
Summit feature: Rocky outcrop & memorial plaque
Times climbed: 5
Related trip reports:
Green Gable & Great Gable - 12/11/2017
Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable & Great Gable - 09/04/2017
Remembrance Sunday on Great Gable - 09/11/2014
Great Gable & The Great Napes - 19/04/2014
Great Gable - 06/04/2012
Great Gable's summit
What Wainwright said:

"Great Gable is a favourite of all fellwalkers, and first favourite with many. Right from the start of one's apprenticeship of the hills, the name appeals magically. It is a good name for a mountain, strong, challenging, compelling, starkly descriptive, suggesting the pyramid associated with the shape of mountains since early childhood."

Great Gable is one of the most popular fells in the District and its iconic pyramidal profile leads to both its name and its place on the Lake District National Park logo.

The summit is home to a memorial plaque, commemorating members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club who died in WWI. An annual memorial service is held on the summit on Remembrance Sunday.

An ascent of the detached pinnacle, Napes Needle, in 1886 is thought to represent the origins of rock climbing as a sport in England.