/ Ice in the Peak District
under burbage bridge is good, or millstone, dont forget to shit at the top of oxford st
Oooo- better do them next winter ;)
Somebody hasn't been climbing this weekend, UKC Crew strikes again
nope its 26+C and mudstone as far as the eye can see here, ........
.......I have put up 3 new routes in the last week though.
Put up, with a hammer or a drill
Timberlands and chinos
Hahaha, I've heard chinos are the new stone wash jeans.
Where are you based?
Try the ones in the peak winter tick list
Of these, I did Crowden Clough at night about 12 days ago and it was like in the picture at
With the current cold weather, I think it would be worth a punt an a couple of days time.
I've been in China back now in time for spring on the grit.
If you park up on the A628 just east of woodhead bridge, where the farm track comes down, you can see the main fall in shining clough just above the trees and can tell how well formed it is,especially with binos, but not essential. A good guide to conditions for both shining and wildboar cloughs without the walk !
With that any chance even downfall might be in!?
Lets hope so!
Anybody want to lead kinder if it does come in, I'm there all weekend from tomorrow, wouldn't mind seconding it
For what it's worth I was out on Bleaklow on Sunday and looking across to the northern side of Kinder there was still a fair amount of snow, although all of it that I came across was soft and slushy. All the waterfalls I passed were in full flow. Obviously it could all have changed since then.
If the next few days weather forecast is correct.......... It should be a good weekend for it. High winds and freezing at all levels, with snow coming tomorrow and Saturday.
Most routes in the peak are ice and turf so should have a few options
Heavy snow, with strong winds at the moment. Temperature dropping to -6
All the usual passes are closed...
You get a short 5 metre vertical steps at the bottom. And then about 75 meters of icy steps. It's defiantly worth a look tomorrow
Its never vertical for more than 1m.. the steps give about 5m of climbing at I,2. best fun with a single axe and no crampons, cutting small steps.
I won't be cutting steps, it's a perfect spot for practising. Something on the downfall will be doable aswell possibly
What's going on here xplorer? you appear to want to give the benefit of a wealth of experience which you don't appear to have! I'd spend more time asking and listening than telling if I were you and you might learn something!
Eh, why should I cut it to bits to walk up it. Using careful axe and crampon footwork it will last a lot longer than hacking to bits to make steps.
Like I said its a perfect spot for practising the basics of ice climbing. With kinder rite around the corner attracting the crowds, it's mostly always free
Just because some one suggested "their" way of doing crowden, it doesn't mean I have to follow suit. I really don't get your anger towards me.
It appears you created a profile separate from your own, just to hurl abuse at me. I've obviously rattled your cage somewhere along the line. You obviously seek out confrontations as you have taken time out of your precious life to come and give me some life lessons, bit sad don't you think?
You have issues mate, and I don't mean issues of "climber magazine"
Please give me examples of the behaviour your accusing me of sir
No no, I'd say your the blatant troll. No profile, new, provoking behaviour. All the makings there pal
Come on tell us your real profile name, stop hiding under your bridge
Yea I'm sure you won't have any problems. You could easily set up a top rope if needed for the first pitch.
"why should I cut it to bits to walk up it. Using careful axe and crampon footwork it will last a lot longer than hacking to bits to make steps."
Funny you should say that...last year I publisised it being in good nick and a few days later it was trashed. I cut 3" chips every foot that were almost invisible until on it and those careful folk in crampons and twin axes soon bashed 7 bells out of it.
I can believe it. Every time kinder area has come in this winter I've been there. I've seen first hand people smashing it to pieces. It will always happen unfortunately
I can assure you I won't be doing the same. I've always found it easy enough to hook previous placements once its had an accent
I can see kinder from my house. Yes you will have plenty of snow. It's actually quite warm though, snow melting on car roof etc. there will not be any ice for you to climb or bash anyway.
Snow does not equal frozen ice falls
Last year I walked up Crowden with only ice patches on the path and a full flowing stream. I knew this is spring fed and my guess was right at the top it might be frozen, and it was, if only just, so nice plastic ice. Valley conditions don't always give a good indication.
Conditions dont look so unlikley...
Will post an update on back tor and crowden tomorrow morning
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