Reports - winter conditions and activity

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Great End Gullies 08-02-12

Had a great day today climbing on Great End.  The sun was out and the Gullies were in really good condition, the snow was well frozen and useful and the ice was mostly very good.  Quite a few out climbing today, all the classic Gullies getting ascents.

Great End

I climbed Central left-hand, South East and Window Gully with the Icefall finish.  All these routes were really good and Custs Gully worked well in descent.

 Icefall on Central Gully left-hand

 Chris on Central Gully

 Crux on South East Gully

 Custs Gully

Scafell Pike

The easy angled mixed routes still looked OK as well and would be worth a look, steep stuff was stripped.

Much less snow in the North Lakes than in the South Lakes.  After Great End I went over to Red Screes (by car) to meet photographer Dave Willis who was keen to get some night climbing shots on ice.  The ice there was good also.

Red Screes, Kirkstone Pass

Shoulthwaite Gill also looked complete from the road but may be thin, not sure...

Hard to say what the coming days will bring with a bit of a mixed forecast...

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