Stories, information and comments from Kirkstone Pass climbers
Story by Bad boy from Toon, United Kingdom, submitted on 07/06/2015
This website does not do this climb justice mate. If you had ridden this pass, and let me just add, professionals climbed Honister nearby in Tour of Britain, a very similar climb, and looked like they were standing still, you would never give this climb a ranking of eight thousand and whatever worldwide. Figures mean nowt! And yes, I have and its one of the hardest climbs there is. You can see the whole climb in front of you and it is the real wall of death on a bike hence why some guy from Oxford blew his knee apart on it.
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Story by Tortoise from Oxford, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/03/2010
Tried this one from the North on a long loop heading back to Coniston. You can see the whole thing pretty much from the bottom - might psych you out a bit? Riding an optimistic 42 x 24 bottom gear on my old 501 Raleigh training bike (ca. 10.8Kg) and high pressures. Not a good idea, something went ""ping"" inside my left knee just about 80% of the way up near to the small car park on the right - Id already lost too much momentum to make it up in one go and had tried to grind in slow motion, but no, the body gave out and sadly my left knee has never been right since - arthroscopy managed to tidy up some loose bits of cartilage but its still painful once I get fit and give it full gas. Sad just thinking about it. But hey, hills are there to be climbed, so my advice is just make sure your bottom gear is low enough - obvious, now I know.