Rockfax Description
140m. Initially poorly defined although usually spotted by a little icy corner approx 100m up the hill from Central Gully. Climb icy steps with good stances until the well defined upper gully is entered. Either climb this direct or exit via the steep little pitch on the right wall. A very reliable early season route. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Cold Climbs.

TAG_UTLEY 04/Mar AltLd O/S

Snow on approach slopes softish graupel but dry. Started up first pitch on mix of good ice and pretty poor ice in places, but some good turf in general, sparse gear. Good belay for partner to lead up to the window to another okay belay. I led final pitch, up some nice ice on left, although in back of main crack, very soft and kicking through to running water/slush. OK if kept to sides and using turf on either sides. Bomber belay at top to bring up 2nd. Great route, just a bit sparse and cruddy in places.

with Georgia
Hidden 04/Mar Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Mar -
jacksonak47 ?/Mar 2nd
nrhardy 27/Feb Solo O/S
Andrew Holden 22/Feb Solo
Jim Haydock 17/Feb AltLd

Alt leads. I did 2&4 on ok(isn) ice but thawing/marginal in places. Thaw setting in. Finished up the RH icefall which was bomber and fat !!

with David bell
crowberry gully 17/Feb -
Tim Sparrow 17/Feb -

Nice route - reasonable condition.

with Geoff Thomas
paulh.0776 15/Feb Lead O/S

A lovely climb, soft (ish) snow in between the ice pitches but pretty frozen all the way. the ice fall in good nick

with peter
mfisher 08/Feb 2nd O/S
with Dave Ayris
DSM 07/Feb Solo
Hidden 07/Feb AltLd
Ragingpossum 07/Feb AltLd O/S

Soloed the p1 and then led p2 with a couple of steep awkward ice steps. Clay led p3 before Harry led Window Gully Fall to finish. Good condition.

with Clay Conlon, harry kingston
TomGB 07/Feb AltLd O/S

Wonderful climb in stunning conditions, I led P2 and Pierce led the icefall. This was still good to climb but on the way out.

with Pierce Ferris
Clay C 07/Feb AltLd O/S
John Green 05/Feb 2nd O/S

Lovely day but ice melting

with Ian Harwood, Pete Darbyshire
crowberry gully 05/Feb Lead

lots of nice ice in the gully, the icefalls on the exits were a bit delicate

with Martin
buxtoncoffeelover 05/Feb 2nd

First go at 'proper' winter climbing. Some exciting ice pitches, excellent neve on top pitch, plenty of snow elsewhere.

jjclarke70 01/Feb AltLd O/S
petrch 01/Feb AltLd
with james clarke
Hidden ?/Feb Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Feb AltLd
Daniel Duerden 24/Jan Lead O/S

Good Snow ice/ neve/ water ice in the main gully. Excellent climbing. However, the two alternative finishes were dripping/ streaming/ pouring with water at 1pm!

Colin Scotchford 24/Jan -
Davp 24/Jan AltLd

Good route. Some soft ice lower down, good ice higher up. Getting thin in places on lower to middle of the route,

petegunn 22/Jan Solo

Better than Central today with several ice steps and better ice.

djbeaumont 19/Jan 2nd
with Al shorrock
Hidden 18/Jan Lead
Tony Ryland 18/Jan AltLd

I led pitch 1&4, dark by time we finished

Tony Ryland 18/Jan AltLd
with Andrew Lodge, Steve Barby
Hidden 18/Jan AltLd
Andrew Lodge 18/Jan AltLd O/S

A bit thin and protection was sparse but very enjoyable, led third pitch. All pitches and the climb were longer then the guidebook description.

with Tony, Steve
ArranLaird ?/Jan Lead
yesbutnobutyesbut ??/2014 -
annastudholme ??/2014 Solo
with Mike N, John Worrall
Hidden 10/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Ste Ridd 10/Apr/13 Solo

Night Accent

Rob Rocket 08/Apr/13 Lead
with Allister Clark
tom144807 06/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
with Karl Wood
Hidden 06/Apr/13 AltLd
landy813 06/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Woodiee 06/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

I led pitch 1, bit of an icey corner, Tom led p2&3 - icey 5m wall under quickly melting icefall of window gully right hand, then belay and up again to the top - Alpine weather- where was that sun-cream!

Pohil 04/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Ann S 04/Apr/13 2nd

Still in very good nick with fat ice though right hand exit looks like an easy ramp.

with Mark F
Hidden 04/Apr/13 AltLd
David Cowley 03/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
with Chris Main
Hidden 02/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/13 Lead
Andy27 02/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Think we did this alt lead?

BenTiffin 02/Apr/13 AltLd
with Dan Robinson
robgixer ?/Apr/13 Lead
Hidden 31/Mar/13 -
Hidden 29/Mar/13 -
Metalbear 29/Mar/13 2nd
with John James McEvoy
AndyT1151 28/Mar/13 -
tk1991 27/Mar/13 AltLd
with Tom Woolley
Hidden 25/Mar/13 Lead
Puma 13/Mar/13 AltLd

Climbed with Jamie, he did all the hard work. Conditions great, left hand exit and right hand ice fall both possible. We took the left hand exit.

Jamie Brown 13/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Pitched from just below the first ice step (my lead). Did direct finish (my lead) but right-hand variation looked good. Great conditions and fantastic weather.

with Puma
thegoatstroker 12/Mar/13 AltLd

Chris lead upper icefall - in friendly nick.

with Chris Cox
Hidden 03/Mar/13 AltLd
r_o_b_h2 02/Mar/13 AltLd rpt

2nd and 3rd pitches

with Nik Goile
team fat belly 02/Mar/13 -

Good neve, frozen turf and a couple of short ice pitches. The steeper right hand finish is in. You can wander around and make it bottom end grade II or wander around and make it bottom end grade III

with Chris
chrisallan 02/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
pete40 02/Mar/13 AltLd
with phil
Simnel 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Mark, Alan
redshapedfriday 01/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with tom anderson
dakidunn 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Simnel
Hidden ?/Mar/13 AltLd
lithos 28/Feb/13 -

solo to ice fall which paul led with some interest, Great fat shiny ice today (and blue skies)

with Puma
Puma 28/Feb/13 Lead

Soloed to the ice fall, lead this ice pitch. Interesting at the top, may need to invest in new cramps soon. Great fun and Ice in Great condition.

Lee Sheard 25/Feb/13 AltLd rpt
with neil
Hidden 24/Feb/13 Solo
Pete Rigby 24/Feb/13 Solo O/S
DSM 23/Feb/13 Solo
jolly 23/Feb/13 -

good nick.

with ss
Simnel 23/Feb/13 AltLd

Via the right ice fall variation.Grade III in the conditios

with Mark
Hidden 23/Feb/13 Lead
dakidunn 23/Feb/13 AltLd
with Simnel
carlh 22/Feb/13 -

A quality day out! Left Alnwick at 6am, walking into Great End at 9am, a fantastic ascent of Window Gully (including the first and final ice-fall pitches) which was all is perfect condition (thick ice, good neve, cold & dry & not too busy!) a descent of Cust's Gully and back to Alnwick for beers in my local!

bullybones 21/Feb/13 Solo
thegoatstroker 18/Feb/13 AltLd

including upper icefall having bottled the wall and groove finish

with Emily Brooks
Hidden 17/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
ali newman ukc 12/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden 12/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
petegunn 10/Feb/13 2nd
with Will, Ash, Tom, Davina
Hidden 10/Feb/13 2nd rpt
Two Cams Tom 10/Feb/13 AltLd
with Ash
Eddie1234 08/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Pitch 1 and 3

with Fraser Hill-Casey
riven 25/Jan/13 Solo
with Gareth Halenby
Hidden 16/Jan/13 2nd O/S
Tom Keaveny 16/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
with Cal
Hidden 15/Dec/12 AltLd
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/12 AltLd
petegunn 12/Dec/12 Solo
Simonfarfaraway 12/Dec/12 AltLd
with Conan
alan barnes 11/Dec/12 -
with chris hig
Hidden 11/Dec/12 AltLd
freemanTom 10/Dec/12 Solo

Underwhelmed by the window, but route had some cracking steps in it. Great fun.

with Jason Wood
Joby 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

good route, last pitch was still in pretty good condition, the first few were a bit sketchy though

with Rosse Dalton Vandendorpe
jezmiles 14/Feb/12 2nd

Evident thawing but still lovely ice pitches between 'sugary' snow slopes. Great day out especially with the Upper Icefall finish which was phat! (but over too quickly!)

10029759 13/Feb/12 Lead O/S
DSM 12/Feb/12 Solo

Wet/thawing snow but ice AOK (at 8:30AM).

kirsten 12/Feb/12 2nd
with Paolo Fubini
Hidden 12/Feb/12 AltLd
Pete23 11/Feb/12 AltLd
with Stephen Mors
morsy 11/Feb/12 AltLd

+ upper icefall finish

with peter berwick
elliptic 11/Feb/12 Solo

Up the RH icefall (wall & groove finish)

adamwesthead 10/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Hoult
thegoatstroker 08/Feb/12 AltLd
with John Jones
Charlie Zephyr Booth 07/Feb/12 Solo O/S

exit'd up right exiting!

cox 15/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with Daz
Hidden ??/2012 Solo O/S
Dan0Me 17/Dec/11 AltLd
with Josh C
bigbadbob12345 30/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Very nice route, good neve snow, the chimney was very thin so passed it to the right.

stev1e.wilso 30/Jan/11 AltLd
with Dylan
Hidden 30/Jan/11 AltLd
Lee Sheard 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

upper icefall finish

with John Hubbard
lithos 07/Jan/11 -

soloed to final icefall which peri led today. some good steps on the way

pebbles 07/Jan/11 Lead

soloed first two pitches then took upper icefall finish.

with rob
Jack Loftus 03/Jan/11 Solo
Petarghh 03/Jan/11 Solo
Hidden 03/Jan/11 Solo rpt
Karlos 03/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 1 (directly up iced slabs) and 3 (quite hacked to pieces with not much ice left and lots of frozen turf exposed). Climbed icefall on the right to finish as the direct way was very baked out with only a short ice pitch.

with Mike
r_o_b_h2 03/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

pitch 3 hacked

with kev anderson
Hidden 02/Jan/11 AltLd rpt
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
adie84 ??/2011 -
Timo Austino ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Dec/10 AltLd
JRae 20/Dec/10 AltLd

First winter lead, so not much for comparison but seemed quite thin. Moonlight ascent, pretty special views from the top.

with Steve J
MartF 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

With Matt Forshaw. Wall to wall blue sky. Temp around -10 at valley level.

with Matt
Liam Martin 19/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with Steve Smith, Gary Brumwell
Hidden 19/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
gazb 19/Dec/10 2nd
with steve smith, liam martin
gazb 19/Dec/10 2nd
with steve smith, liam martin
joeydurkin 18/Dec/10 Solo
with Jockey
ojp 17/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

bit thin on P1 and P2. Very cold enjoyable route

with Andy
John Pickles 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Dave Mason 13/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with Adam Gill
Hidden 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
MikeLeeds 12/Dec/10 Solo O/S
clive-greenwood 12/Dec/10 Solo
Adi Hooper 11/Dec/10 Solo
fulton333 07/Dec/10 2nd
with Heather Mack, Joe Fennel
joe_lancs 07/Dec/10 Lead O/S
Timo Austino 06/Dec/10 -
with Big Dan McCann
nickstephens 01/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

A little sparse with the ice making a couple of tricky moves. Great days climbing though!

with Ian Philips
joe.91 01/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

First climb of the season, very lean. Not much ice and mainly neve, the chimney had very little ice and was very committing. Brilliant though

with Ant Eccles
nmoysey ?/Dec/10 AltLd
with Trev
DaveAtkinson ?/Dec/10 AltLd
with M.Lawton
McDan 29/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
McDan 29/Nov/10 AltLd
tk1991 28/Nov/10 2nd
Petarghh 28/Nov/10 Lead O/S
with tk1991, ccraigg22
ccraigg22 28/Nov/10 2nd rpt
AMarchant 12/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
with Stu Air
Andrew Wilson 14/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
DSM 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Climbing by numbers...

with Andy Gittins
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Solo
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Conan 13/Mar/10 2nd rpt
with Marisa, Steve Wray
Hidden 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/10 Lead
Hidden 06/Mar/10 AltLd
Ben Hollands 05/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Excellent climb, plenty of ice and in good nick too!

with Wendy Anderson
Hidden 04/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 Lead
Peter Sowerby 27/Feb/10 2nd
with Harmony Smith, Martin Smith, John Holden
thegoatstroker 20/Feb/10 Solo
MikeLeeds 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
clive-greenwood 20/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden 18/Feb/10 Solo
petegunn 17/Feb/10 Lead
with Davina
Hidden 17/Feb/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Gav Parker 13/Feb/10 2nd
Hidden 12/Feb/10 Solo
Hidden 10/Feb/10 AltLd
liamlonsdale 09/Feb/10 2nd O/S

The lower section leading to "upper ice fall finish". Good quality route HOWEVER a team climbing above on the "Wall & Groove Finish" were hacking it to pieces and were sending down LARGE BLOCKS OF ICE (without warning), a couple of which hit me resulting in a cut face and a bruised arm. Definitely worth getting on but keep an eye on the routes above.

tomhull 08/Feb/10 Lead rpt
alan barnes 07/Feb/10 AltLd

good condition.

with luke, lucy w
tjmillen 06/Feb/10 Solo
The Mountain Goat 06/Feb/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 06/Feb/10 Solo O/S
gw66 06/Feb/10 -
chrisclimber_1986 05/Feb/10 Lead O/S
with Chris Nawrat
Adam1973 04/Feb/10 Lead rpt
with Ann S
Ann S 04/Feb/10 2nd

First visit to Great End and this is a super route done on good fat ice. Finished up the right hand ice fall.

with Adam
Hidden 03/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
ccraigg22 03/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Nick
Hidden ?/Feb/10 -
ernieb182 ?/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Shuttsie ?/Feb/10 -
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 31/Jan/10 Solo

Early doors before the crowds.

BFP 31/Jan/10 Solo

Excellent conditions and there was no-one in the gully. I descended Cust's which was again as good as it gets. Most of the climbs on Great End had parties on when I came down. The ground was frozen solid down to Seathwaite Farm.

Karlos 31/Jan/10 Solo O/S

Two nice ice pitches on approach to narrowing of the gully. Then climbed beautiful steep ice on the right to exit - really really nice!

Hidden 31/Jan/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Jan/10 2nd O/S
andrewbooth1000 30/Jan/10 Solo rpt

By moonlight and by myself, got to top at 1am. What a foolish idea, not to be repeated! Normal finish, which was an overhanging bulge.

Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
markfairbank 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

Led P2, finished on the icefall on the right which was in good nick.

with Paul Sheehan, Ian Moore
Ken Taylor 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Andy Chadwick
Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Conan 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Chris Michalak
redsulike 30/Jan/10 AltLd β

Grabbed a glorious weekend in the lakes, high pressure system, beautiful, cold, bright sunshine, perfect conditions; views as far as you like. A long walk in to Great End, (absolutely knackering carrying so much gear), place was packed but managed to get on the route without queueing. Overall not too difficult, Keith led, I folowed easily but need more practise and confidence before I lead. At the 'window' took the right hand icefall, quite steep and exhausting on legs removing ice screws. Keith wantedto do SE Gully but I was too tired. Grand day out!

with Keith Walkley
Hidden 26/Jan/10 Solo
John Kettle 26/Jan/10 Solo
Hidden 24/Jan/10 Solo O/S
ollyroberts 24/Jan/10 Solo
Hidden 24/Jan/10 -
Hidden 23/Jan/10 Lead O/S
dave josling 23/Jan/10 2nd RP
tomhull 20/Jan/10 Lead O/S
with matt harris
Hidden 09/Jan/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jan/10 Lead
Shuttsie ?/Jan/10 2nd O/S

Good photo of andrea at belay - start of variation finish

djmarko75 ?/Jan/10 Solo
clint87 ?/Jan/10 2nd
Hidden ?/Jan/10 Lead
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
paul79 ??/2010 -
biggianthead 24/Dec/09 -
with T
Hidden 09/Mar/09 2nd
Peter Metcalfe 16/Feb/09 AltLd

Rapidly disintegrating but still good sport

with Anita Goldsworthy
martinazando 16/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with Ed Luke
MDowson 13/Feb/09 AltLd

never really found the route proper... But still found some interesting climbing.

with sam trefgarne
andrewbooth1000 11/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

Finished by upper icefall finish.

with Mark Moore
Hidden 08/Feb/09 AltLd
Hidden 08/Feb/09 Solo O/S
teflonpete 07/Feb/09 2nd β
with Diccon
KeithW 06/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

I got the ice pitch opposite The Window. It was dripping, but solid.

with Guido
Hidden 06/Feb/09 AltLd
Pete Graham ?/Feb/09 Solo
sheffieldchris ??/2009 -
Tim Sparrow ??/2009 -
mikemartin 10/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 10/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 07/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
jon eccles 07/Dec/08 AltLd
with cris fisher
jimorothy 07/Dec/08 AltLd

Led pitches 1 and 3. Unbelievably good climb - obviously it's all in the conditions, loved surprise amphitheatre at the window. 3 'because I could' ice screws as runners on pitch 1 - we weren't sure we'd use an ice screw all day before setting off! Final party of the day meant final depleted ice on final ice wall, but still absolute magic. Beats Scotland any day (as long as it's one of the best Lakeland winter days for years - of course: bloody global warming!).

with Scott Barnett
kenneM ?/Feb/08 AltLd
with Steve Marner
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
Shaw Brown 27/Jan/07 AltLd

Falling down as we climbed but great fun was had.

with simon blythe
The Mountain Goat 26/Jan/07 2nd O/S

Nick lead all the climb apart from a little solo at the bottom. Despite the warm weather the condition was reasonable. Exit via Upper Icefall Finish

with Nick Roberts, Dave Barter
nmwr 26/Jan/07 Lead O/S
with Jonathan Miles, Dave Barter
Simon Caldwell 22/Mar/06 -

soloed most, Rob led the big icefall on the wall opposite the window

with Rob and Carmen
Peter Metcalfe 22/Mar/06 AltLd

Exited via the variation finish, which was in fantastic condition.

with Foggy
lithos 22/Mar/06 -

solo some, led top bit opposite window which was nice.

with carmen
Hidden 20/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/06 AltLd
biggianthead 18/Mar/06 -
with HT
Hidden 04/Mar/06 2nd
Hidden 01/Mar/06 2nd
ewen ?/Mar/06 AltLd
John Kettle ?/Mar/06 AltLd
with ewen
John Kettle ??/2006 AltLd
Dave Latimer 06/Mar/05 Solo
Hidden 27/Feb/05 Lead
LakesWinter 24/Feb/04 AltLd

Lean but well frozen conditions on a day trip from Sheffield

with The Wagg
ashpreston ??/2004 -
beermonkey ?/Dec/03 AltLd
with alan
Phill_ Thompson ?/Feb/00 AltLd
with Matt Newman, Lucy Prins
petegunn ??/2000 AltLd
with Matt Wilkes
icescrew ?/Jan/98 Solo
icescrew ?/Feb/97 Solo
NeilGriffiths ??/1997 -
with Duncan
EddieA 05/Apr/96 Solo

Unroped ascent in good ice and neve - did the variation finish

with Simon W
biggianthead 02/Jan/95 -
with C
FATBOYFAT ??/1995 -
craig h ?/Feb/91 Solo O/S
Mick King 27/Jan/91 Solo
malc 12/Jan/91 2nd
with DW
Hidden ?/Dec/90 -
stuart58 12/Apr/89 Solo
Martin Haworth ?/Feb/87 Solo
biggianthead 01/Mar/86 Solo
Steve Crowe 12/Jan/86 2nd O/S

My first Lakes winter climb.

Hidden ??/1985 -
Hidden 14/Apr/84 Solo
biggianthead 25/Mar/84 -
with x, Malcolm, G
biggianthead 26/Feb/84 -
with G
biggianthead 18/Feb/84 -
with G
charlesmfrench 18/Feb/84 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Apr/83 AltLd
biggianthead ?/Jan/82 -
with M
Hidden ??/1976 AltLd
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