Combe Gill* III
100m, 2 pitches. A consolation to an unfrozen Raven Gully. 'Upper ravine of Combe gill is also entertaining.' In normal winter conditions this should offer some reasonable climbing, even if Raven Gully proves not to be in. In a rare prelonged full freeze, adventurous parties will have the option of an exciting ascent of the whole gill from the bottom, probably at a solid grade IV if the true gully line is followed throughout. More usually the lower pitches will be little more than a fully fledged waterfall and the climb will need to begin at the obvious mid-level snow basin, which can be accessed easily from the west side. Here the walls converge and a cave and massive chockstone await to provide the fun. In a full freeze the right side will probably offer the most interesting route over the chockstone. More usually the left side will provide the good water ice, while the chockstone itself offers decent rock protection. A straightforward easy-angled snow slope above completes access to the gill head. Keep crampons on, as healthy lines on Combe Head Crag await the explorative.
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We followed the gill from the very bottom to the very top.No more than I. Full of snow from the bottom. No real difficulties, must have been banked out. Ice on walls shearing when hit. A very worthwhile way up the fell.
Pete Pozman - Solo O/S - 05/Apr/13 with John Byrne

Really banked out with snow. Grade II at most. No ice at all. Nice scenery.
Skinny Kin - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Dan Hirst

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Dec/10

Ice collapsing from the walls under picks and points, salvaging a trip to an out Raven's Gully. Possibly a grade II in mint condition.
jimorothy - Lead - 14/Feb/09 with Rachel Crolla

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