Topic - Hells lum, deep cut chimney
| by - GK on - 11 Nov 2012
|Myself and my brother in-law Stuart climbed deep cut chimney at hells lum crag on saturday the 10th November. Conditions were moist to say the least and water was pouring off the crag and the burns below were raging.|
Despite the awful conditions we scrambled up the left facing groove running up the slabs to the start of the route and we climbed the wettest climb we have ever done. The first two pitches were desperate and i secretly wished we had just gone for a hill walk, but we were committed after the first pitch and once we got to the chimney the rock offered better pro and i relaxed a wee bit. I don't recommend this route in these conditions as gear was scant on the first two pitches and a fall did not bear thinking about.
Inside the chimney some difficult moves were required to pass the chock-stones and with no ice present it was hard work trying to get footholds. However we made it to the last pitch which was just sublime!
We topped out to clear skies and were pumped full of adrenaline and got home in daylight for a change.
Will do this route again in better conditions
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