Climbing at Skeleton Ridge

Climbing at Skeleton Ridge

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Ok so you’re planning a rock climbing holiday on the Isle of Wight, although it’s a risky choice and not for everyone we had to mention Skeleton Ridge, on one of the infamous Needles rocks. This is the kind of route that’s altered every time you tackle it, but start by waiting for the tide to recede and then wading out to the cliff at the bottom of the col between the ridge line’s first and second pinnacles.

You won’t need crampons or ice axes for this route, but you may want to take some pegs and one or two warthogs. That said, many have completed the ascent without them so we’ll leave it for you to decide. Many who have climbed the ridge recommend taking some long slings to make things easier.

You’ll need to let the National Trust know before you tackle this climb, as if the Needles Old Battery is closed you won’t be able to access the rocks. Don’t forget to give the coastguard a call when you complete the climb and give the visitors on the Old Battery a wave when you reach the summit.

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At a Glance
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