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Birkett's Gully** II/III

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[Birkett's Gully, 3 kb]130m. Undoubtedly climbed before Bill claimed it for the Birkett dynasty. The route takes the obvious gully near the centre of the crag. A steep start leads to easier climbing before the gully narrows to a technical section before the top. © ROCKFAX
The most distinctive and obvious righwards trending gully sweeping up to the summit of the mountain.

Photo: Birkett's Gully © Graeme Cook
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This climb is in 61 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Traversed in after doing blea water gill. First pitch had the start of a small stream running from it. Snow pitch in middle was starting to soften. Final pitches had plenty of thick ice.
Radioactiveman - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Rog Wilko

Thawing steadily at tarn level. Lower pitches very unappealing - lots of water and rotten ice. Traversed in from top of icefall to find top pitch in superb condition - good plastic ice and no water. Incidentally, neither occasion when I've done this route has it been anything like II. If it isn't III then it's more like III/IV.
Rog Wilko - Lead - 04/Apr/13 with Karl Mason

Second route of the day! First pitch quite thin and then just gets thicker as you go higher. Bit of a squeeze on the final pitch between the umbrella's and rock wall.
joe.91 - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Thomas Reid

Hidden - Lead - 29/Mar/13

redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with tom anderson

Hidden - Lead - 24/Mar/13

in pretty good condition, a few hollows in places and blowing like a good en'
Mr Christian - Solo O/S - 23/Mar/13

Poor soft conditions made bottom section difficult. Crux consisted of a few tricky moves over an undercut ice mushroom (on good ice) Belays and runners were sparse making the route quite a serious adventure. Under better conditions this would be a really good climb.
Tony Kartawick - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Mark Danson

chris p duck - Solo O/S - Mar/13 with Chris R

Did the whole climb, good conditions. On pitch 2, below the break, there was excellent 3D ice climbing over wind shaped ice bulges
crowberry gully - AltLd - 25/Feb/13 with Ross McGibbon

BikeClimbWalk - AltLd - 25/Feb/13 with John J

Hidden - Lead - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Feb/13

Superb ice formations, shame that they had to be broken to aid progress. Ace day, cycled in, started up Blea Water Gill, did Blea Water Icefall then finished up the Birkett's Gully : )
petegunn - Lead - 23/Jan/13 with Will

Fantastic climb. I little thin at the moment. Had to leave the top bit because I didn't fancy soloing it. Finished up a nice steep patch of ice above Blea Water Gill.
jimhall - Solo O/S - 20/Jan/13

top pitch only. did blea water gill icefall then top pitch of this. ice abit wet but turf was good. hard for III
efrance24234 - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/13 with ste bradley

quality
Ste_b1978 - 2nd - 20/Jan/13 with Elliot

joermann - AltLd - 16/Jan/13

peter.ravenscroft27 - AltLd - 16/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Dec/12

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 11/Feb/12 with Rod Molyneux

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/12

Good route in good condition; character building spindrift avalanches and deep snow at the top! Nice.
net - AltLd - 04/Feb/12 with Judith, Shaw

In excellent condition, weather was a bit wild for the top pitch and decent.. added to the experience!
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 04/Feb/12 with Judith Neaves, annette

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Feb/12

Soloed the lower falls, ice was generally ok, turf was not well frozen in many places. Main gully was deep in powerder snow- swimming. Top ice pitch was banked out slightly.
bigbadbob12345 - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Steve Wilson

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 09/Jan/11 with Dylan

gordon henderson - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/11 with MRT

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Dec/10

ClimberJimmyB - AltLd - 27/Dec/10 with Dan Matthewman

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/10

MDowson - AltLd - 22/Dec/10 with Jonathon Powell

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Dec/10

Busy. Didn't look as good as the first half ascent.
tech - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10 with Nick

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

First winter lead.
Jimmy1976 - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Dec/10

Beautiful day, beautiful route in top condition. Good ice all the way.
Rog Wilko - Lead - 20/Dec/10 with Graeme Cook

Decent enough route with some good ice today, although abit boggy in places so be careful with the turf
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Paul Sheehan, Ian Moore, Dave Brown

1st winter route of the season to get back into the swing of things. Found the route to be good value with great ice - small section of x-country to get to final 3 pitches.
Mountain Llama - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Paul S

The 3 main Ice Pitches were in be the ground in between was quite patchy and boggy in places
Conan - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Ken Taylor, Chris Michalak

3 section of good water ice, divided by scrappy/vegetated ground
Ken Taylor - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Chris Michalak, Conan Harod

ollyroberts - Solo O/S - 06/Dec/10 with Ben

Glenn Sutcliffe - 05/Dec/10 with Charl

Only did the lower half or the route due to running out of time. This was fun, involving several short ice steps. The gully proper looked really good. Have to come back and complete. Had a fun down climb in powder snow to the north.
tech - AltLd O/S - 04/Dec/10 with Nick

The waterfall is not properly frozen yet. It was a thin crust of ice with the stream still flowing underneath. It made it a little feel fairly sketchy.
IAmAStone - AltLd O/S - 04/Dec/10 with Charlie Jefferson

peebles boy - 2nd - Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Jan/10

Vertical powder!
petegunn - AltLd - 22/Dec/09 with Steve

Deep powder!!
stimpey - AltLd - 22/Dec/09 with Pete

Excellent start and finish, with poor easy middle. Constant spindrift avalanches.
andrewbooth1000 - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/09 with Mark Moore

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/09

Ross McGibbon - 2009

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - Mar/06 with Zac Poulton

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/06

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/06

crowberry gully - AltLd - 07/Mar/05 with Ross McGibbon

joe larner - 2nd - Mar/05

ashpreston - 2005

craig h - AltLd O/S - Feb/95 with Janet Hannah

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Radioactiveman, ffdalton, Simon Caldwell

Voting
Total votes cast 55
hard III1 of 21
III1 of 21
easy III14 of 21
hard II/III1 of 21
II/III2 of 21
easy II/III2 of 21
hard II0 of 21
II0 of 21
easy II0 of 21
3 Stars15 of 34
2 Stars15 of 34
1 Star4 of 34
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Style of ascent

Soloed5 of 61 (8.2%)
Lead10 of 61 (16.4%)
Followed10 of 61 (16.4%)
Alt Leads33 of 61 (54.1%)
Unknown3 of 61 (4.9%)

'Climbed'31 of 61 (50.8%)
clean O/S30 of 61 (49.2%)