/ Kinder Downfall pics
If it was the guy I met with the huge camera lenses at mid day 'looking' for the Downfall Glad you made it before the cloud came in
Some amazing photos there..
Could have been at Kinder in less than a couple of hours.
Moral of story when you know the conditions are not going to be that good in a location, even if this is the first chance to get up there since December and the next chance will not be until the end of March DO NOT BOTHER
"Often", that's not really true is it?
Or look at the weather forecasts and go wher its best ?;-)
I'd not know where to start but my god I want a go!
Are those pics really from Saturday? Not only does the downfall look to be in a condition not seen for years but nobody on UKC singing its praises which you'd expect. Plus its wasn't formed the week before and if its been sub zero since then where has all the water to make the ice come from? Conditions wasn't as fat as that at 800m in the Lakes on thursday...
Do take a bit of artistic license of journalists into account here. This is an amalgamation of several things said by several people throughout the day - and "ice picks" was certainly not my choice of words. But happy to have entertained you for a bit.
It was a real treat to find Kinder Downfall in that condition, weather and that quiet! The top bit started to fall apart a bit later in the day but I bet it is still climb-able now.
I took some pictures on Saturday, a little later than the others. (I went with the intention of nipping up solo, but as you say, I could hear that top bit rattling, so I politely declined)
If anyone sees themselves and wants a picture, let me know.
Be great if you could put a couple of those photos on your UKC gallery so that they could link to the crag listing and be findable in future years.
Sorry, yes, I see that now. There doesn't appear to be a photographer named on that article.
His name is Rod Kirkpatrick - I'll chase him up and see if he's happy to have some of the pictures on here.
Wow, pleased everyone had a great day and gutted I've missed another chance
> Are those pics really from Saturday? Not only does the downfall look to be in a condition not seen for years
I was under the impression kinder was in much fatter condition the season before last and better condition than that last season.
Crowden Clough on the way up
far too much snow!
That photo was taken in 2010, there's nowhere near that much snow at the moment!
I know, I was replying to the apparent suggestion that conditions in that photo were better than they were at the weekend!
> I know, I was replying to the apparent suggestion that conditions in that photo were better than they were at the weekend!
I think I said fatter in 2009/2010 and better 2010/2011 ;)
Picture 22 of the set is on page 24 of todays Daily Express. Pic only, the text with it is just about the weather. They do say Peaks and not Peaks though :)
Great Pics but wouldn't want to be under a team ice climbing as though 'hacking their way up the ice with a Black and Decker'!
We went up today, the top section is very wet and incomplete, we traversed off to the very left edge. Doubt it will be in for veyr much longer, loads of big bits coming off.
I'm so glad I drove 8 hours to Glencoe this weekend rather than the half hour to Edale. /sarcasm
I was up there Tuesday night and climbed an ice fall about 150m to the left of the downfall which was in pretty good nick, but from what we could tell in the dark the downfall wasn't in, and we could here the water flowing fairly heavily. From Monday through to Tuesday it was well below freezing at night, (was -7 when we walked out on Tuesday in a stiff breeze about midnight) but above freezing in the days. I live about 4 miles as the crow flies from the downfall, and through the big camera lens you could just about make out the ice falls saturday morning.
Sadly, I had other plans already organised...
come on then Chris, how was it? reckon it'll be ok for next week?
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