Great End Conditions 06/02/2015

We were looking to climb some ‘Cold Climbs’ classics today so headed for Great End. Despite being above freezing the humidity was low and the condition of the routes still really good. There was lots of good ice, good neve and the turf still well frozen. The higher buttresses were also still frosted white for the steeper mixed options up high (Grand Finale etc) We climbed Window Gully with the ice-fall finish which was great followed by Central Gully with the left-hand ice-fall finish, also in brilliant condition. Yet another great winter day out on the Fells!

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Central Gully

 

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Window Gully

 

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Central Gully, Left-hand ice-fall finish

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Window Gully, Ice-fall finish

 

And another great shot from Steve of MovieIt from Helvellyn yesterday showing the brilliant ice conditions!

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Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’