Reports - winter conditions and activity

Friday, December 16, 2011

Great Gable 16-12-11

Engineers Slab was in great condition today for mixed routes.  Frozen turf and snowed up well frosted rock.  Engineers Chimney looked great with a line of icy neve down the back, don't see that often!

 Ennerdale looking snowy

Engineers Slab looking great!

Jabberwock was climbed and we made the first winter ascent of Angel of Mercy, it went at about VIII/9.  Routes were also climbed on Green Gable and it looked good.  Still plenty of soft snow about but not on the steeper routes.

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Some air miles being clocked up on Jabberwock (sorry, couldn't flip video)

 Steve Ashworth on the first pitch, as for Troll

 Great climbing up typical Gable cracks on the first pitch

Me on the first pitch, Tom Greenwood below (we were 3 today)

 Gaining the hanging slab, this provides the crux of the route as you move right

Moving rightwards along the slab with the undercut overlap above,
some technical moves across here

 The slab section

Through the overlap to gain the crack system

So plenty to go at on Gable, all the steep mixed lines being in and will be climbable tomorrow.

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