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unnamed gully AKA "Dog Gully".** 2

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So how did we come to name this unnamed gully "Dog Gully?". Well, looking up at St Sunday from the first small wooden footbridge we could see nothing at all, the crag face was gone, hidden behind a wall of mist and clag, the misty rain falling gently all around us. If we had any sense we would have turned and gone back to Patterdale ,instead we headed up the Grisedale face our objective being Pinnacle Ridge. Somehow through the mist we found our way to the giant boulder which stands affront of East Chockstone gully, we moved on left of this scrambling around looking for the start of the Ridge however we couldnt find it. Deciding to give up we walked towards the Elmhow zigzags, as you probably know the Lake District weather is famed for it changeability, you can and do experience at times the four seasons all in one day, even one hour. As we traversed across the base of the crag face the weather started to clear revealing to us St Sundays North Buttress, which is the first substantial bit of rock you come to crossing over from the zigzags. To the right of this buttress you will see a shallow unnamed gully, looking up at this easy scramble we could clearly hear the whelpings of a dog echoing down from its unremarkable recesses . After some deliberation we decided to investigate, in our minds we imagined a stranded dog or perhaps an injured climber with his trusty loyal pet at his side, as we climbed the barking grew louder then suddenly stopped as we approached the exit area of the gully. There was of course no sign of the dog and in fact no sign of anyone. With our 'tails tucked firmly between our legs' we headed down the mountain path back to Patterdale. However, some weeks later having completed yet another Winter climb on St. Sunday, we happened to pass close by the exit area of the unnamed gully and there to our utter astonishment in the snow were the paw prints of a dog. The prints didn't lead anywhere they were just in one spot, needless to say we resisted any temptation to investigate the gully again, which forever more became known to us as 'Dog Gully'. So fellow climbers if ever you find yourself walking towards the North Buttress of St Sunday and from its near neighbour you happen to hear the whelpings of a dog I would if I were you resist any temptation to investigate and walk on by,for if the dog was in deed ever there then it was there only in spirit . As for the gully , for the rambler wishing to try their hand at scrambling for the very first time then here is a good a place to start as any, I wouldn't rate the climb more than scrambling grade one ,but for the more experienced climber St. Sunday has much better opportunities to offer......Big Hell .
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BigHell - Lead - 2000 with Gary and Jeff

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