Stepped Ridge* III
[Ice in the Lakes, at long last!, 2 kb]140m. Follows the line of a popular summer line. Climb walls and grooves at will to the foot of a rock rib which is followed to its top. From here trend right up to the foot of a steep wall which is overcome at its right end by a groove and cunning "window" move. Continue more or less straight up to the foot of the final steep section of the buttress. Start just right of centre and make an entertaining rising traverse to the right arete, easy to the top. © ROCKFAX
Rockfax description is incorrect. The winter line "Stepped Ridge" is not the same line as the summer scramble (this is the inferior line in winter "Summer Step").

Photo: Ice in the Lakes, at long last! © OllieF
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This climb is in 84 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

all the rock was wet. was a bit wintery and frozen towards the top but we didn't bust out the tools. was slippery in places.
samrad - Solo - 16/Dec/14 with farmus21

Ice and frozen turf in places.
OllieF - Solo - 13/Dec/14

chris smith - Lead O/S - 13/Dec/14

Somewhere between this and Left Branch, but mostly this I think. Turf slightly mushy low down but bomber up top.
a13x - Lead O/S - 13/Dec/14 with Dan Robinson

gingerking - Solo O/S - Dec/14

Chris Huntington - 05/Apr/14

Chris Huntington - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/14

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Mar/14

OllieF - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Ben

Not frozen
adamwesthead - Solo dnf - 16/Feb/14

Stani49 - 2nd - 11/Feb/14

Slightly off route in top 1/3rd
J.Atkins - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/14

Hidden - Solo - 2014

JanBella - Lead - 28/Mar/13 with matt

A little off route
jac00 - AltLd - 23/Feb/13 with Tom

Bit short of cover but turf generally solid. Could do with a good freeze though. Slab Variation almost bear and ice in corner too loose.
Andy Syme - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with Pete Elliott

petegunn - Solo - 07/Feb/13

did a slightly different variant up the central buttress missing out Riley's Window and the ice pitches and taking in frozen turf, neve and rock tot the summit about grade II mainly with a top pitch of II/III up steep turf to the top of the ridge.
Wesley Orvis - Lead - 02/Feb/13

MDowson - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/13 with Jonathon Powell

Frozen turf from bottom to top. Did the IV variation pitches.
Samuel Wainwright - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 20/Jan/13

Turf frozen, took a couple of harder short steps at grade IV
gripped01 - AltLd - 09/Dec/12 with Dave Tait

Meant to do Left branch, but route finding issues due to poor topo; following foot steps I found myself up a short iced crack at moved around IV!? Mix of powder snow and some nicely consolidated snow, patches of ice about. It started drizzling as we finished the day. It would benefit from a little more snow and a freeze/thaw.
waiting for snow - Lead - 08/Dec/12

KevB - Lead - 08/Dec/12 with Pete Briggs

NickJH - Lead O/S - Dec/12 with Andy Cross

Wesley Orvis - Lead - 15/Jul/12

moved together, great conditions.
Matt_L_Robinson - 07/Feb/12

Route finding mare! Did 3 decent pitches of 2 or 3 then found ourselves back in Central Gully! Ticking it anyway so I don't find myself trying it again in years to come.
eldre070 - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/12 with Alan

innesmac - AltLd - 05/Jan/12 with John Foster

Peter Holder - Lead O/S - 19/Dec/11 with Nicky Milley, Malcolm Pounder, Adam Rawlings

Good route although a bit lacking in line. Definately a lot longer than the guide book would suggest. We went through well over 200 meters of rope and the guide book says 100 meters. Pretty low on gear. Conditions quite good, turf frozen quite a bit of ice and snow useable for feet.
CurlyStevo - Lead - 18/Dec/11 with Rob

robbraby - 2nd - 18/Dec/11 with Steveo

Good route, window pitch was interesting.
rnotman67 - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/11

James S - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/11

3 long pitches, not much protection but fairly easy going.
stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/11 with Jim Symon

Enjoyable, first winter lead after seconding one route last year! Has really whet my appetite for more!
Leo Woodhead - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/11 with Bradley Cunningham

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Dec/11

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Dec/11

mark20 - AltLd O/S - 10/Dec/11

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/11

alisonk - 2nd - 09/Jan/11 with Alex, Martin

Climbed together but did not rope up.
Russell Lovett - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/11 with alan taylor

Anthony Dixon - AltLd - 08/Jan/11 with Ben

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Jan/11

climbingpixie - 2nd - 08/Jan/11 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10

Hidden - 19/Dec/10

Roch - 2nd O/S - 18/Dec/10 with MRT

CharlieMack - 2nd O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Col, PK

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/10

Night Ascent
John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/10 with Roger Caldecott, Zac Poulton

peas65 - AltLd - 01/Dec/10

Took steve up this for his second winter route, class.
djmarko75 - Lead O/S - Dec/10

Hidden - Solo - 28/Nov/10

jason - Solo - 28/Nov/10 with manmike

Did a little variation right at the start to do a small ice pitch, then went back on course. Route was quite hard to follow from the guidbook description. We found the window, but was unclear from then on - seemed to get hard for the grade shortly after so mebbe we went a bit astray. (Specially since we went left and I see the route description says "rightwards traverse then continue easily to the top ;-D. Anyway, we got up. Ice was very brittle yesterday, top few inches of snow so powdery it was like dust but decent neve underneath
pebbles - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with stu

Sankey - AltLd - 19/Feb/10 with Andy E

Route is vague in places but we roughly followed the described line. The window proved a good photo opportunity. Good Gr III pitches and I guess one could climb almost anywhere on the buttress at the grade. Excellent conditions and a good fun day out.
Ghastly Rubberfeet - AltLd - 18/Feb/10 with Stuart Halford

Route vague in places but roughly followed the described line with variations for added interest.
moose ridd - AltLd - 18/Feb/10 with M.Sadler

ollyroberts - Solo - 17/Feb/10 with Kyle

A wandering route and illogical line too vague to warrant stars. Some tasty mixed moves were found, as was the famous 'Riley's Window'. Came too high left for the right arete at end, so ventured left of final buttress and found a superb and very technical V Groove. I suspect every piece of rock, ice and variation on this buttress to have been climbed before.
jimorothy - Lead - 14/Feb/10 with Rachel Crolla

just took a line of weakness upwards. dont think it was the exact route in the guidbook. nice adventure though!
jimhall - Solo - Feb/10

Perfect winter day
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - Solo - 30/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/10

ccraigg22 - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/10 with Nick

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 03/Jan/10

innesmac - 2010

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Dec/09

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Dec/09

nickhoward - 2nd - 21/Dec/09 with gary caswell

Tom Phillips - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/09 with dick

Diggler - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/09 with jonah

Andrew1 - AltLd - 04/Feb/09 with Matt F

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - Jan/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/08

chalk monster - 2nd - 12/Jan/08 with Karl & Tom

Winter(ish) ascent
Karlos - Lead - 12/Jan/08 with Mark B, Tom

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