York (originally from the Boro)
Best Climbing Experience
Any winter climbing I manage to do, especially in the Lakes! I think the fact that conditions are so fleeting makes it feel even more special when you're on a route. Particularly memorable winter routes: Tower Ridge, No. 3 Gully Buttress, West Buttress (Beinn an Dothaidh), Clogwyn Du Gully Left Hand, Dollywaggon Chimney (minor epic). Bigger stuff: getting to the top of Mont Blanc without puking and a winter ascent of Mount Fuji in beautiful weather. Also, loads of great days out on Yorkshire Grit and (my home turf) the North York Moors.
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Annoying pessimists by being optimistic about the winter climbing conditions in the Lakes. People generally seem keen to make out conditions are worse than they actually are. For example:
Pessimist: "Nothing, a bit cold today then rain coming in on Thursday. Forget the Lakes, Scotland is your best bet."
Optimist (me): Went climbing that weekend to find rock hard neve in the Helvellyn gullies and even the odd bit of ice.
Optimist: ...something could be climbable early on Tuesday...
Pessimist: Don't be daft, it is going to be pissing rain at all levels on Saturday night.
Optimist: Climbed V Corner on good water ice and thick neve at the top.
Reluctant admission from pessimist: I am as discerning as anyone about winter nick. I can see most of the North and Western Fells from my house, drive to work and from my office. I was as sceptical as you maybe. But having seen Will's images, it is fairly convincing to me.
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