Abbed off. week befores powder had melted off or was now fragile ice, a bit hollow in places. New snow was just spindrift really. After getting some commitment for 2 hard steps i was then at a top of a ramp below 3rd step looking onto easier ground [good nut placements here]. But didn't know what was above so abbed off. Good decision. Would be good in nick and may come in in next week with freeze thaw. 1 roped nut worth getting as quite new. Please return if you don't use roped nuts.
timmsy - 29/Jan/15 with David_Gledson
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 05/Dec/10
petegunn - Solo - 08/Jan/10
not in very good nick. thin and hard.
ewen - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/10 with james swann, clare-dev
found this pretty difficult. beautiful sun set at the top.
clare-deV - 2nd - 03/Jan/10 with swann, ewen
Found this thin and hard for the grade. Felt about IV, 5.
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/09 with scott
Turned into a minor epic. Compared to Dollywaggon gully next door, this seemed much thiner. Only smears of ice and mainly poor snow over loose scree in the base of the groove. Rob led the first pitch which was mixed moves that felt miles harder than grade III. Due to not being able to hear each other and problems finding a belay, I didn't start climbing until about an hour after Rob set off. I led through to the bottom of the tight chimney by which time the sun had set and the moon was up. The chimney looked solid, so Rob moved out left onto the buttress and more mixed moves on loose rock and turf with tenuous gear. Massive relief to hear him shout "looks like easy ground ahead". After following that pitch, there was still a long way to go up unnerving loose ground consisting of heather with loose snow on top. I ran out the full 60m of rope, before we moved together a short way to reach the top. Relieved to top out in one piece at 7.20pm!
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/09 with Rob
Interesting (in most senses of the word). Took us almost 5 hours, is this a record?
Simon Caldwell - Lead - 07/Feb/09 with Carmen
see Wills notes - tough in the conditions we had !
lithos - AltLd - 07/Feb/09
andy tetsill - AltLd - Feb/86 with Ian Bennet,
biggianthead - 12/Feb/83 with M