Blue John Rib*** III
[A ghostly Central Rib and the Christmas lights of Castleton from a belay on BJR, Mam Tor, 1 kb]150m. The right-bounding rib of the central gully is climbed in 3 - 4 pitches. Needs a GOOD frost!

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Ticklists: Peak Winter.

Photo: A ghostly Central Rib and the Christmas lights of Castleton from a belay on BJR, Mam Tor © si cooke
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This climb is in 18 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

2 pitch route. A vague dusting of snow but bastard cold, frozen turf. -6*C. Hoolie blowing. Dark. After work hit. Great fun.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 11/Mar/13 with Adam

Did in 2 large pitches after work. Crux is on the bottom pitch. Was really frozen and coldest route this winter -6 plus wind chill from the screaming hoolie. In its present condition I reckon IV 3. Crux although not hard does rely on a hook behind a horribly loose pillar. The mid section of the second pitch is pretty much gear less (that is unless you take time to beat in a bull dog into the shale). having said that next year it may be a III all depends on what falls down this summer. A fantastic route that probably changes monthly.
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/13 with Neil Griffiths

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jan/13

Piers Harley - Lead - 20/Jan/13 with Paul Winder, Simon Clark

innes - Solo - 18/Jan/13 with Tom B

Frozen turf, sketchy loose rock sections. Far more wintery than it looked from below.
Andrew Barker - Solo O/S - 20/Dec/10

good conditions, some precarious sections but felt more III than IV. turf bits frozen. plenty of gear: cams, wires, pegs, 2 solid drive-in hooks which were in otherwise unprotectasble sections. top pitch, rather than belay on big block (unless you're carrying a huge cam) up and right on the rock band: 2 peg belay.
nickcanute - Lead - 18/Dec/10 with neil shepherd

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/10

Surprisingly good fun! Turf conditions were just about perfect. Not very protectable unless you have Warthogs and Bulldogs.
Piers Harley - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/10 with Paul Winder

Good climb in very good conditions. Misty to start then nice and clear. Great turf
steveb2006 - Lead - 18/Dec/10 with Valerie Partington

Reasonably frozen at the bottom, but by the end of the first pitch was getting a bit mushy to keep pushing on.
PeteH - 2nd dnf - 06/Dec/10 with Nick

About IV 3. Where there was turf it was well frozen but the chossy rock was still chossy rock! Did find two good belays but not more than one piece of pro on the pitches. Needed a bit more snow too.
Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 03/Dec/10 with Sam Bennet

With Stu Coxon, suprisingly good route, did it at night with a good layer of snow which added a lot of atmosphere. Rock a lot better than I expected, managed to get quite a bit of gear in.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Feb/10

A return after many years. Lower rib (incl crux) not in great condition.
steveb2006 - Lead - 04/Jan/09 with Valerie Partington

Night time climb up the rib after failing on Central Route, topping out at 5am on 6/1/85
steveb2006 - Lead - 05/Jan/85 with Mervyn Dudley

Done in the dead of night. Really cold - GP snapped one of the axes on the last pitch.
Chris Craggs - AltLd - 1980 with Graham Parkes

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