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[Low Water Beck on Low Water Crag, Coniston, Cumbria, 1 kb]90m, 2 pitches. One of the most frequently climbed ice routes in the Lakes. It comes in condition most years and is quick to get to. This is the drainage from Low Water. 90m. 1) 40m. Climb the gully line using the left wall where it gets steep, to reach a stance below a left slanting slab. 2) 50m. Climb the slab to the top. Direct Finish - Climb the icicles direct IV/5. © ROCKFAX
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Photo: Low Water Beck on Low Water Crag, Coniston, Cumbria © colin wells
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This climb is in 97 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

After everything started collapsing on me on pitch 1, we bypassed p1 & 2 and climbed the rest, which featured a superb thin groove, up to Low Water.
Nigel Coe - AltLd dnf - 30/Mar/13 with Norman Wright

Hidden - Solo - 25/Mar/13

At last! Managed to get on this. Been wanting to do it for years. Bottom pitch very wet and falling down as we climbed it. Top pitch (slab) in great condition, despite having water cascade all over it from the unclimable Direct Finish. I doubt it'll come back into condition again this year. Worth a IV in today's conditions. Would be a good III in better nick.
Ghastly Rubberfeet - AltLd - 13/Mar/13 with Mark Scales

TGreen - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/13 with Rosie Henstock

Rosie Henstock - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/13 with Tom Green

Tim led the first and missed the peg. I did the direct finish on the second pitch.
Tom.Priestley - AltLd - 25/Jan/13

In 2 pitches, I led the first (60m, to the cave below the big chockstone), C led the second. First pitch very wet and quite scary (poor ice screws), second pitch much better condition. All good fun. Played on a few ice falls in the stream above.
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/13 with Carmen

me p1, paul p2. ice on lower pitch in poor condition, blocks breaking away. not a lot of good pro - used stubbies in rather dodgy placements. upper slab pitch really lovely and in good condition
pebbles - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/13 with paul davies

As mentioned, on 1st pitch the ice was not brilliant. Thankfully I was leading the 2nd pitch, with a stonking great slab of ice to climb. Good day out, finished will a little play on the ice falls above.
Puma - AltLd - 23/Jan/13 with Peri

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/13

second pitch only
peas65 - TR - 23/Jan/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jan/13

Joe_1102 - Lead O/S - Jan/13

Triggy Pop - AltLd - 14/Oct/12 with Dan Whalley, Jon Holland

Hidden - Solo dnf - 05/Feb/12

tk1991 - AltLd - 04/Feb/12 with Tom Kirby

bit wet but brill!
efrance24234 - Lead O/S - Feb/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2011

With direct finish which was in awesome condiion. True to its reputation as a great little climb.
Rydell - Lead - 26/Dec/10

Slightly hollow, slightly worrying when soloing!
Shaw Brown - Solo - 26/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/10

paul79 - Lead O/S - 23/Dec/10

Hammy - AltLd - 22/Dec/10 with Ian Hinkins, Rick van Opstal

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10 with Kris & George

Direct finish, which looked more appealing than the normal route.
George Ormerod - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10 with Roger and Kris

Did the grade IV finish.
Diggler - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10 with jonah

Evening ascent, topped out at 10PM - best conditions I've seen for a few years (not quite up to 1986 standard though!). Walked down without torches in moonlight. Then a mag 3.5 earthquake hit at 11PM just as we got back to the car...!
DSM - Lead O/S - 21/Dec/10 with Andy Gittins

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/10 with Chris Vernon

Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/10

Stuart Lancaster
andy mcc - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10

Led Pitch One
malc - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with RL, NT, Paul S

Hidden - Lead - 08/Dec/10

We soloed P1. Me P2 Ben P3. Did Direct Finish which was too thin really!
eldre070 - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/10 with Ben Scraggs

Neil D - Lead O/S - 07/Dec/10 with Beth Hodgett

Betha. - 2nd O/S - 07/Dec/10 with Neil D

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/10

Climbed it in the dark after work
Adi Hooper - Lead - 06/Dec/10 with Roger Ward

alan barnes - Lead - 06/Dec/10 with sam d

Rob Rocket - 2nd - 05/Dec/10 with Mike & Nic

J1PEF - Lead - 05/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10

Frank Atherton - 2nd - 05/Dec/10 with Steve Cade, Tom Fox

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Dec/10

Busy, great route
beds74 - 2nd - 05/Dec/10 with Jon Peffer

direct finish
Pete Graham - AltLd - 04/Dec/10 with Rick Graham

Adi Hooper - AltLd - 03/Dec/10 with Loz Colyer, Andy Murphy

excellent conditions
crowberry gully - AltLd - 03/Dec/10 with Ross McGibbon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/10

direct finish
lukehunt - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/10 with Sam Dewhurst

johniebriggs - AltLd - Dec/10 with Kat M

Hanski - 2nd - Dec/10 with Simon Kimber

Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - Dec/10 with Merlin March

berry_a - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10 with John Berry

Melting quite a bit, some interesting moves stood on falling away ice, should have remembered the rope really. Oops. Pretty easy really.
greenroom - Solo O/S - 14/Jan/10 with Tom Swannick

thaw setting in, bit sketchy in places...
twoplates - Solo - 14/Jan/10 with frith wood

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jan/10

1st pitch getting bit thin but not too bad. Really good solid second pitch.
ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/10

Climbed at night finishing at 22:20. Top two pitches virtually banked out, but crux section now looking rather unstable. Treat with great caution to avoid collapse!
DSM - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/10 with Andy Gittins

Pam Manning - 2nd - 13/Jan/10 with Olly

Just the first 2 pitches.
Nigel Coe - Lead - 11/Jan/10 with John Walmsley

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jan/10

Mostly good ice (fantastic on the slab) but some sections in the middle a bit thin and suffering from multiple ascents. Quite a bit of water running still. A delicate approach needed in places.
PeteCheung - Solo - 10/Jan/10

Straight forward for the grade. A bit delicate but mainly hooking so not strenuous.
Conan - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Steve Wray

Timo Austino - Lead - 09/Jan/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Jan/10

jimdanson - AltLd - 09/Jan/10 with Martin Ibbotson

1st pitch a little thin at start, great 2nd pitch, bomber ice.
blackpoolrock - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10

Winter ascent - good water ice with scattering of snow. Easy for grade
Ken Taylor - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Chris Michalak

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10

bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Alan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Jan/10

Jonny M - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Chris Colebrook, Deborah Cole

Nice conditions, very scenic upper pitch (see photo).
Rog Wilko - AltLd - 08/Jan/10 with Lawrence Jordan

Night time ascent (2245 - 0100)! Better build up than in recent photo but still a lot of water flowing. Both pitches kicked out so mainly hooking and standing up.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 08/Jan/10 with Steve Brock

didnt climb as seems to have melted since people were climbing it on Saturday. No ice left, just running water?.
alan barnes - 05/Jan/10 with stevie c, sean, jason

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jan/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/10

fine climb would have been nice to do the direct finish .
dizzyg - 2nd O/S - 02/Jan/10 with matt griffin, aidy

Frightening, falling to pieces and jolly good fun; won't survive (m)any more ascents without another week's freeze.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 24/Dec/09 with Ian Lawton

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/09

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

Wet & thinner than previous ascent in 1986. First pitch 4 this time. Beautiful in the moonlight though.
DSM - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/09 with Andy Gittins

andy gittins - 2009 with Dave Scott-Maxwell

malc - Solo - 16/Jul/06 with NT

John HW - Solo - 04/Jan/06 with Cath

JRClay100 - 10/Dec/05 with M Foster, H Dale

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Feb/96 with Pete Swanson

Hammy - Solo - 07/Feb/91

craig h - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/91 with Duncan Martin

Sean Kelly - Feb/91 with Lester Payne

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/85

Hammy - Lead - 17/Feb/85 with David Charlesworth

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jan/85

Bob - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/83 with Dave Kirby

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Style of ascent

Soloed13 of 97 (13.4%)
Lead21 of 97 (21.6%)
Followed11 of 97 (11.3%)
Toproped1 of 97 (1.0%)
Alt Leads47 of 97 (48.5%)
Unknown4 of 97 (4.1%)

'Climbed'46 of 97 (47.4%)
clean O/S49 of 97 (50.5%)
dnf2 of 97 (2.1%)