Rockfax Description
160m.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

UKC Logbook Description
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").

lcullum7 04/Feb Solo O/S
Hidden 04/Feb Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Feb Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Feb AltLd O/S
george sewell 01/Feb AltLd O/S

sort of a varient on the route , went up this butress following any ice pitches we could find at about III good ice and neve

annastudholme ?/Feb -
static266 ?/Feb Solo O/S
Pete Rigby 24/Jan Solo O/S
Anhibian 24/Jan AltLd
with Stuart Sissons
drsdave 24/Jan Solo O/S

solid turf and good ice, top section is a little scratty

papasmurf 24/Jan 2nd O/S

One guy fell and needed airlifting out by seaking helicopter.

Hidden 22/Jan AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Jan Solo
lithos 22/Jan AltLd

sorta did this or soething like it, soloed up first picthes taking all the ice available, Moved into a corner/slab which looked to hard to solo, so we droppoed back down and up the rick rib, traversed R to edge of gully and up L to the groove just right of chockstone (awkward to exit). Moved up some bays then up steepish wall with mossy grove to finish (bold). God fun but who knows where we went

with Puma
Jim Haydock 22/Jan AltLd
with Fred'
joeflan 21/Jan Solo O/S
ColdAndWet 21/Jan 2nd
with Chris Allewell
Seymore Butt 19/Jan -
jon59 18/Jan AltLd
farmus21 ?/Jan Solo

Didn't need boots or axes so not really a winter ascent but never mind.

with Sam Radcliffe
Petarghh 28/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Good ice and turf, picked our way up using features that gave the best sport for the conditions.

samrad 16/Dec/14 Solo

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.

OllieF 13/Dec/14 Solo

Ice and frozen turf in places.

chris smith 13/Dec/14 Lead O/S
a13x 13/Dec/14 Lead O/S

Somewhere between this and Left Branch, but mostly this I think. Turf slightly mushy low down but bomber up top.

with Dan Robinson
gingerking ?/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Chris Huntington 05/Apr/14 -
Chris Huntington 05/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/14 AltLd
OllieF 16/Feb/14 AltLd O/S
with Ben
adamwesthead 16/Feb/14 Solo dnf

Not frozen

Stani49 11/Feb/14 2nd
J.Atkins 09/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

Slightly off route in top 1/3rd

Hidden 02/Feb/14 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2014 Solo
JanBella 28/Mar/13 Lead
with matt
jac00 23/Feb/13 AltLd

A little off route

with Tom
Andy Syme 16/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

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.

with Pete Elliott
petegunn 07/Feb/13 Solo
Wesley Orvis 02/Feb/13 Lead

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.

MDowson 26/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
with Jonathon Powell
Samuel Wainwright 21/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

Frozen turf from bottom to top. Did the IV variation pitches.

Hidden 20/Jan/13 Solo
gripped01 09/Dec/12 AltLd

Turf frozen, took a couple of harder short steps at grade IV

with Dave Tait
waiting for snow 08/Dec/12 Lead

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.

KevB 08/Dec/12 Lead
with Pete Briggs
NickJH ?/Dec/12 Lead O/S
with Andy Cross
Wesley Orvis 15/Jul/12 Lead
Matt_L_Robinson 07/Feb/12 -

moved together, great conditions.

eldre070 03/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

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.

with Alan
innesmac 05/Jan/12 AltLd
with John Foster
Peter Holder 19/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with Nicky Milley, Malcolm Pounder, Adam Rawlings
CurlyStevo 18/Dec/11 Lead

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.

with Rob
robbraby 18/Dec/11 2nd
with Steveo
rnotman67 17/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

Good route, window pitch was interesting.

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

3 long pitches, not much protection but fairly easy going.

with Jim Symon
Leo Woodhead 17/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

Enjoyable, first winter lead after seconding one route last year! Has really whet my appetite for more!

with Bradley Cunningham
Hidden 15/Dec/11 Solo O/S
LakesWinter 10/Dec/11 AltLd
with Mark R
mark20 10/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Dec/11 AltLd
alisonk 09/Jan/11 2nd
with Alex, Martin
Russell Lovett 09/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Climbed together but did not rope up.

with alan taylor
Anthony Dixon 08/Jan/11 AltLd
with Ben
Hidden 08/Jan/11 AltLd
climbingpixie 08/Jan/11 2nd
with Andy
Hidden 08/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Dec/10 -
Roch 18/Dec/10 2nd O/S
with MRT
CharlieMack 05/Dec/10 2nd O/S
with Col, PK
Hidden 02/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
John Pickles 02/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

Night Ascent

with Roger Caldecott, Zac Poulton
peas65 01/Dec/10 AltLd
djmarko75 ?/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Took steve up this for his second winter route, class.

Hidden 28/Nov/10 Solo
jason 28/Nov/10 Solo
with manmike
pebbles 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S

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

with stu
Sankey 19/Feb/10 AltLd
with Andy E
Ghastly Rubberfeet 18/Feb/10 AltLd

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.

with Stuart Halford
Ste Ridd 18/Feb/10 AltLd

Route vague in places but roughly followed the described line with variations for added interest.

ollyroberts 17/Feb/10 Solo
with Kyle
jimorothy 14/Feb/10 Lead

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.

with Rachel Crolla
jimhall ?/Feb/10 Solo

just took a line of weakness upwards. dont think it was the exact route in the guidbook. nice adventure though!

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 30/Jan/10 Solo

Perfect winter day

Hidden 29/Jan/10 Solo O/S
ccraigg22 28/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Nick
Hidden 21/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jan/10 Solo
innesmac ??/2010 -
Hidden 30/Dec/09 AltLd
Hidden 23/Dec/09 AltLd
nickhoward 21/Dec/09 2nd
with gary caswell
Tom Phillips 12/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with dick
Diggler 07/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with jonah
Andrew1 04/Feb/09 AltLd
with Matt F
Hidden ?/Feb/09 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/09 Solo
Hidden 06/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Jan/08 2nd
Karlos 12/Jan/08 Lead

Winter(ish) ascent

with Mark B, Tom
crowberry gully 02/Mar/03 AltLd
with Ross McGibbon
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