/ Ice conditions in the Peak
Looking at possibly getting out this week when woodhead pass re-opens
Did Wildboar Clough late afternoon yesterday (Tues). It was thawing somewhat so a bit insecure in places but otherwise very good. Very insecure where the snow was lying on top of thin ice over the pools of water - went right through a couple of times!
Probably best to do it early morning or at night by headtorch.
No road problems. It's warming up, but with cold night temps it could be possible
It was still frozen this morning, but with water running behind. The biggest I've ever seen it. Check the temps over the next two nights. Use www.buxtonweather.co.uk
I may be around that area tomorrow, I'll let you know
Crowden Clough main waterfall was in great nick today. Also descended Nether Red Brook (good, but wary of avalanche risk, don't know if justified!) and went up the lower right branch, but apart from the upper section, the latter is deep snow but no ice. Great day though.
The main gully is banked out with snow right now, so it's a nice steep Grade I snow climb (glad I did in descent tbh). The lower right branch was a bit disappointing as there was no ice at all on the main step (which could be like Crowden if there was) but a nice narrow gully/chimney finish which was iced up - Grade I, we soloed it.
Given the forecast and its shady North facing aspect, it could be there a few days yet, but an early start or night time ascent would help.
Ice climbing in the Peak in April, whatever next?
Elsewhere on the site
In tonight's Friday Night Video, we see Alex Honnold soloing Heaven 5.12d in Yosemite Valley. The route starts 3000ft above the... Read more
Last year, Finn McCann wrote an article about climbing El Capitan with his terminally ill father Seamus, who had been... Read more
The B.D.V. — short for Black Diamond Vertical — jacket and pants are Black Diamond’s most versatile climbing... Read more
This streamlined, midweight thermal layer has an incredibly speedy moisture wicking ability and dries ultra fast if it gets... Read more
October 21, 2014 – Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit dedicated to sustainability in the apparel and textile industry,... Read more