Broad Stand – D – VD

climbing Broad Stand

Fats Mans chimney and Broad Stand is possibly on of the first recorded climbs in the Lake District. A truly classic Lake District scramble on the iconic mountain that is Scafell. We provide a guided and roped ascent for this, as climbing Broad Stand has been the scene of many an accident in the past.

Therefore it is not to be underestimated, as in all but the nicest conditions it still can be very greasy and slippery. Squeezing through Fat Mans agony (it’s pretty wide) is fun and you may think this is easy. But this is just the warmer upper before you try and get yourself on to the main ledge!

You’re guide will be on hand to offer hints and tips should you need them. And the security of the rope, you’ll be grateful for.


It has been said that Broad Stand can feel harder than the grade of Difficult it was given.  In the wet without a rope it can certainly feel harder! Not all Lake District scrambles need a rope, but Broad Stand definitely warrants one.

After grade 3 we then start to get into the climbing grade. After grade 3 it would be moderate and then Difficult. To be honest, some grade 3’s can feel harder than some graded Rock Climbs! Grades are very subjective and can vary on the weather conditions, and you’re own personal fitness.

A Bit of advice

** Please note – If you have found yourself reading this thinking ‘I can do that without a rope, or a guide.’ Then check out the video with Mr. Hinkes chatting about Broad Stand. And if you have any doubts, spare a thought to the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team who may have to collect you after things have gone wrong…

Likewise it is to be remembered, there is no easy way directly off Scafell to Scafell Pike. See our guided Scafell day, and Scafell Pike if you require a guide for these mountains.  The decent off Scafell is either by Foxes Tarn, Lord’s Rake, or Broad Stand.**


Above all we guarantee ALL our days. We believe we are the best at what we do. All our instructors are very experienced and highly qualified. All will hold the highest qualifications, meaning you’re always in the best of hands and In brief you will come away gaining hill skills and additional mountain knowledge after being with us.


Further reading:

Alan Hinkes on Broad Stand


For 1:2 parties price is £95 per person.

For 1:3 parties the price is £70 per person.

A £50 deposit is required to book a place. See our Contact and Pricing page for more details.

For larger groups please get in touch for pricing.

* Max persons for Broad Stand per instructor is 1-4. Anymore an additional instructor will be needed.

‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings’ ”John Muir