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Blea Water Gill Icefall*** III 4

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[Start of Blea Water Gill Icefall, 2 kb]An excellent alternative after the first chimney is to trend left to the foot of steep icefall which can be climbed in a pitch to easier ground. © ROCKFAX

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This climb is in 65 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

Melting at bottom of Birkett's G but solid plastic ice here.
Rog Wilko - Lead - 04/Apr/13

Danny Crump - Lead - 04/Apr/13 with John Andrews

In very good nick.
Ann S - 2nd - 02/Apr/13 with Foggy

John Roe - Lead - 31/Mar/13 with Thom Dobson (Leeming)

Great day out, hit the car park by 7am and was at the base by 8:10am. First pitch in great nick and the icefall was superb, felt much easier then Raven Crag Gully earlier in the week.
joe.91 - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Thomas Reid

Only the ice at the top of the route was in condition, so did a gully scramble to the left, down climbed to lead (alt) the frozen water fall.
Mr Christian - AltLd rpt - 03/Mar/13

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

Lower falls were quite thin and rotting. Top pitch was superb
BikeClimbWalk - AltLd - 25/Feb/13 with John J

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/13

A super pitch, Wills first lead placing screws
petegunn - AltLd - 23/Jan/13 with Will

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/13

some good ice but also abit wet.. as below really
efrance24234 - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/13 with ste bradley

A wet start as water was rushing out of the ice in places but this improved higher up. Good amount of ice to place up to 16cm screws, wouldn't bother with any longer.
philipstead - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/13

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jan/13

peter.ravenscroft27 - AltLd - 20/Jan/13

Scrambled up to base, lower pitches not formed properly. The main corner of the gill was looking thin. The fall itself was good ice. Soloed the upper pitches which were mostly good, a few bits with water running behind and some patches of aerated/rotten ice.
Olli-C - Lead O/S - 19/Jan/13 with David Kirsfelds, Moritz

Lead the pitch leading up to the icefall then soloed the rest of the steps after it to the top.
David Kay - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/13 with Olli-C, Moritz Lesserman

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jan/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Feb/12

tmawer - 2nd O/S - 05/Feb/12 with Jaime Robertson

Thursday night excursion. Started 30m to left (up turfy ramp with awkward step right) as little ice low down. Bypassed a few sections before joining the gill proper. Icefall pitch was moist with water running behind in some places, but generally good. Upper easy steps in good condition
joe_lancs - AltLd - 02/Feb/12

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Feb/12

Ste_b1978 - 2nd - Feb/12

Ice a bit rotten in places, and gear difficult as a result in places, but good fun. Deepish snow to wade through
bigglesbutcha - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Swifty

steven - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Tim Butcher

Hidden - Lead - 23/Dec/10

First time ice climbing. Brilliant.
nickmattia - 2nd O/S - 20/Dec/10 with bartshaw, bullwinkle

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

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

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/10

Ken Taylor - 2nd O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Conan Harrod

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Dec/10

Jack Loftus - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/10 with Pete Hill

Hidden - Lead - 06/Dec/10

Followed Blea Water Gill till we joined this route.
a13x - AltLd O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Jordan Phethean

Fat ice, but spot of plating under ice screws high up. Cracking
jimorothy - Lead - 05/Dec/10 with Rachel Crolla

Loads of people mid week. It felt like Stanage in winter! Pretty cold in Shap (-7c, -9c in the morning). Snow chains definitely helped to get back out of Haweswater road.
Skinny Kin - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd - Dec/10

wandered around
johniebriggs - AltLd - Dec/10 with Kat M

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/10

chrisclimber_1986 - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/10 with alkis

Alkis - 2nd O/S - 20/Mar/10 with Chris Aslin

crowberry gully - AltLd - 06/Mar/10 with Ross McGibbon

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/10

Rog Wilko - Lead - 04/Mar/10 with Steve Wray

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jan/10

Martin Haworth - AltLd - 03/Jan/10 with Shaun Walby, Andy

Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/10

Hidden - 03/Jan/10

J1PEF - AltLd - Jan/10

Jocky
Roch - 2nd - 31/Dec/09 with MRT

High levels of snow with fairly good ice followed by 50-60 mile an hour winds on topping out. 30 mins into top out a complete white out arrived, walking down inn darkness and snow blizzard. All in all a great day out.
ffdalton - 2nd O/S - 30/Dec/09

twoplates - 2nd O/S - Feb/09 with Robbie

Yhawing fast. Bottom pitch very thin and running but upper pitches on good ice.
Jim Haydock - AltLd - 07/Jan/09 with Fred'

climbing_wiggy - AltLd O/S - Jan/08 with JC

Also did variation pitches higher up, with a cracking icefall up left at the very top. Icefall pitches far superior to the scrappy (and easy) gully pitches.
danm - AltLd - Mar/06 with Jim Danson

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

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/06

John Kettle - Lead - 2006

John Kettle - Lead - 2005

tubby two - AltLd - 2005 with Softie P

Wayne S - 2nd - 2005 with Jon Croxford

ashpreston - 2005

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
JonmapDL, Hidden, francois, pebbles, Will Smith

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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 65 (1.5%)
Lead19 of 65 (29.2%)
Followed15 of 65 (23.1%)
Alt Leads28 of 65 (43.1%)
Unknown2 of 65 (3.1%)

'Climbed'34 of 65 (52.3%)
clean O/S30 of 65 (46.2%)
clean rpt1 of 65 (1.5%)