Summit Route II
[Rich Walker - A far better alternative route to the top of Coniston Old Man., 2 kb]140m. The line to the left of the main crag up the broken face leading directly to the summit of the Old Man. © ROCKFAX
FA. J. Hool 1962

Photo: Rich Walker - A far better alternative route to the top of Coniston Old Man. © richwalker5375
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Climbed in fell running shoes (as usual!) but I took axes this time which was a good idea due to firm snow in places. Much fun.
DSM - Solo - 01/Feb/14

in fell shoes - pleasant enough for "November conditions" - heathery snow and a few snow steps at top.
andy gittins - Solo - 23/Nov/13

Hidden - Solo - 05/Apr/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Mar/13

nick ferro - Solo - 29/Mar/13 with Sonam Norbu

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/13

Hard neve for a change. Quite exciting in fell running shoes!
DSM - Solo - 24/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 19/Feb/13

Soloed in Walshes (as usual!). Kicked steps all the way.
DSM - Solo β - 08/Feb/13

andy gittins - TR - Feb/13 with Annette

avictimoftheDrpsycho - Solo O/S - Feb/13

Joe_1102 - Solo O/S - Jan/13

DSM - Solo - 2013

very misty struggled to find the correct and was quite a slog due to soft deep snow.
droberts - Solo O/S - 11/Feb/12

Rob Rocket - Solo - 01/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo - Feb/12

Soloed (yet again, in Walshes as usual) before sunrise on an immaculate morning. Fresh powdery snow with a slight frost underneath - fantastic runninf conditions.
DSM - Solo β - 28/Jan/12

jimhall - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Paddy

pclark - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/11 with jimhall

si cole - Solo - 08/Jan/11

martin t - Solo - 08/Jan/11

Soloed in Walshes (again...)
DSM - Solo O/S - 08/Jan/11

good neve near the top
r_o_b_h2 - Solo - 19/Dec/10

Rob Rocket - Solo - 05/Dec/10 with Mike V

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

tim123487 - AltLd O/S - 05/Dec/10 with mitch

Mitch1990 - Lead - 04/Dec/10

Not really in very good condition.
bengillies - Solo O/S - 28/Nov/10

Simon Baker - Solo O/S - 28/Nov/10

Rog Wilko - Solo - 07/Mar/10 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Mar/10

Good solid neve most of the way, bit sugary in places. Only Grade 1 in these conditions
Mike Hall - Solo O/S - 07/Mar/10

Not sure of the where exactly the route goes but we picked a line through the rock bands which was about II. Snow getting a bit soft but the rock n turf still well frozen.
hilled101 - Lead - 06/Mar/10 with Rich P

Pleasant and a nice finish right on the summit, very easy
crowberry gully - Solo - 22/Feb/10

Soloed in Walshes whilst on a fantastic run around the Coniston Fells. Turned out to be an interesting exercise in step cutting.
DSM - Solo - 06/Feb/10

Second glorious day of the weekend. Shorter and very attractive walk in from Walna Scar car parking. Mixed route not difficult but gaining exposure with every step. keith led all but one pitch, I led and had to belay on a snow slope to bring keith up, crap spikes, was not happy, would rather have gone up to more secure stance unroped. Sitting a long time in exposed belays preys on my mind. Topped out right next to trig point, beautiful views in every direction, ate butties, descended. Lots of unequipped parties ascending snow steps, accident waiting to happen.
redsulike - AltLd β - 01/Feb/10 with Keith Walkley

Hidden - Solo - 30/Jan/10

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

Rob Rocket - Solo - 09/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 03/Jan/10

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 14/Feb/09 with Pam Holt

Hidden - Solo - 08/Feb/09

Gustav - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Matt G and Simon

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

Hidden - Solo - 07/Feb/09

Soloed in Walshes in deep snow.
DSM - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/09

andy gittins - 2009 with Dave Scott-Maxwell

Hammy - Solo - 07/Feb/91 with Colin Struthers, Penny Excell

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