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").
|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
|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
|Pete Rigby||24/Jan||Solo O/S|
solid turf and good ice, top section is a little scratty
One guy fell and needed airlifting out by seaking helicopter.
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
Didn't need boots or axes so not really a winter ascent but never mind.
Good ice and turf, picked our way up using features that gave the best sport for the conditions.
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.
Ice and frozen turf in places.
|chris smith||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.
|Chris Huntington||05/Apr/14||Lead O/S|
Slightly off route in top 1/3rd
A little off route
|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.
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.
|Samuel Wainwright||21/Jan/13||AltLd O/S||
Frozen turf from bottom to top. Did the IV variation pitches.
Turf frozen, took a couple of harder short steps at grade IV
|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.
moved together, great conditions.
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.
|Peter Holder||19/Dec/11||Lead O/S||
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.
Good route, window pitch was interesting.
|James S||17/Dec/11||AltLd O/S|
3 long pitches, not much protection but fairly easy going.
|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!
|Russell Lovett||09/Jan/11||Solo O/S||
Climbed together but did not rope up.
|John Pickles||02/Dec/10||AltLd O/S||
Roger Caldecott, Zac Poulton
Took steve up this for his second winter route, class.
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
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.
Route vague in places but roughly followed the described line with variations for added interest.
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.
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
|Tom Phillips||12/Feb/09||AltLd O/S|
Mark B, Tom