Central Gully Right Branch* II
[Central Gully R Branch above the ice pitch, 1 kb]200m, 5 pitches.

Rockfax Description
200m. Climb the Gully bed in a couple of pitches to the amphitheatre. From the bay on the right hand side climb the short but steep ice into the upper gully good belays on left hand side. In lean conditions a mixed move may be encountered in passing the steep ice and the route will be harder. © ROCKFAX

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Photo: Central Gully R Branch above the ice pitch © Simnel
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This climb is in 237 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/15

A long walk in from Langdale, but we had the crag to ourselves. The snow sections were in excellent condition, nice hard neve. The ice pitches were completely free of ice which made things quite spicy! Maybe tech 3/4 in these conditions.
Simon Caldwell - AltLd - 14/Mar/15 with Carmen

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/15

Night solo. Crux was in Micked condition.
Ste Ridd - Solo - 04/Mar/15 with Danny, M.Sadler

Jontro - AltLd - 25/Feb/15 with Adam Newsom

Andrew Holden - Solo - 22/Feb/15

Snow getting soft although there's plenty of it in the gully, still some really good ice but crux pitch was in more mixed conditions and pretty sketchy on my own.
pete_naylor - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/15

Good conditions.
Davp - Lead - 08/Feb/15

alias dave - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Dan Allen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/15

Daniel Allen - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Christian Turford

pudding - 06/Feb/15 with alex peace

Soloed right branch then abseiled back down and pitched the steep part on left branch. Really good conditions most of the way up, particularly near the top with bomber neve.
a13x - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/15 with Jordan Phethean

First winter lead and first winter climb for Anna.
DavidWilby - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/15

in ish!
joe hallam - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/15 with matt hardy

joeflan - Solo O/S - 03/Feb/15

fuzzysheep01 - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Alan Hardie

Andrew Holden - Lead - 01/Feb/15

dapperdan - 2nd - 01/Feb/15

Mark D - Lead O/S - 31/Jan/15 with Andy Barwell, Tommy B

Hidden - 24/Jan/15

Hidden - Solo - 01/Mar/14

tumbling wizard - Solo - Feb/14

yesbutnobutyesbut - 2014

annastudholme - Solo - 2014 with Mike N, John Worrall

Probably the very last ascent of Central Gully in 2013, soft snow all the way, stunning day on the summit.
paulh.0776 - Lead - 13/Apr/13 with peter

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Apr/13

Excellent day out....
Gav Parker - AltLd - 06/Apr/13

Alpine conditions, good ice, snow a bit sugary in places and on the top out due to the sun, an amazing route with good protection all the way
Wesley Orvis - AltLd - 06/Apr/13 with gav parker

Three ice steps one below the amphitheatre made me give this route hard II with a touch of threeness about it. Maybe it was that I was climbing with a thirty five year old Terra. My mate thinks so."Led" penultimate pitch when difficulties were behind us.
Pete Pozman - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/13 with John Byrne

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Apr/13

elliptic - Solo rpt - 04/Apr/13

MartinLister - Solo - 04/Apr/13

Pohil - Solo - 04/Apr/13

keithlambley - Solo - 02/Apr/13

Rasherz - AltLd - 01/Apr/13

dkd - Lead O/S - Apr/13 with Al

Great conditions but very busy. soloed the first pitch and moved together for the last. Great fun.
Joby - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with John Martin

Amazing conditions - felt very alpine. Cold. Route was busy, ice was in great nick though.
quarryman - 2nd - 31/Mar/13 with Mark W, Pete

Hidden - Lead - 29/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead - 29/Mar/13

tomo100 - 29/Mar/13

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

Mark led. Good snow and solid ice pitch.
cas smerdon - 2nd - 29/Mar/13 with Simon Thomson, Russell Bridges, Mark Bridges

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/13

Soloed all but the short ice pitch, great fun!
mfisher - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Callum Greaves, Matthew Breakell

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13

Solo apart from the ice pitch
matty123 - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Callum Greaves, fish

Good firm snow pack with a couple of thin patches. The ice step felt very exposed for a grade II, but was good quality plastic ice. No cornice problems.
waiting for snow - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/13

petegunn - Solo - 06/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/13

easier than I anticipated, didn't rope up. snow and ice in great condition,
paulh.0776 - Solo O/S - 04/Mar/13 with Nigel Black

Simnel - AltLd - 01/Mar/13 with Mark, Alan

gethin_allen - 01/Mar/13

Moved together as a 3. Did a variation initially up the left hand branch with a short mixed step to the right below that route's icefall to climb an easy gully and a short traverse right to re-join the right hand branch about 60m below the top.
Jimbo C - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Chris, Gethin

stevensduk - 2nd - Mar/13

Went left to add a little interest then traversed back right near the top
Ste_b1978 - Lead - 24/Feb/13 with Danny

SteveM - AltLd - 22/Feb/13 with Simon Kimber

Rob Rocket - Solo - 19/Feb/13

Great long walk in from Langdale and perfect conditions for my best winter climb so far
dregsy - 2nd - 02/Feb/13 with Stuart Peat

Matt_Hardy - Lead - Feb/13 with James France

Hidden - Lead - Feb/13

6aPunter - 2013

Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/Dec/12

Hidden - Lead - 11/Dec/12

Very lean and melting. Soloed with walking axe and crampons. Hard.
Jack00 - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/12 with Graham Plant

Hidden - Solo - 08/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo - Dec/12

Moved together
jac00 - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/12 with Tom

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/12

Moved together. Good ice and neve all the way up.
tomtom89 - 11/Feb/12 with Jack

kyaizawa - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/12 with Luke Cullum

lcullum7 - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/12 with Ky Aizawa

Up LH, down Far Left, up RH.
elliptic - Solo - 11/Feb/12

chris smith - Solo O/S - 10/Feb/12

Petarghh - Solo - 08/Feb/12

luke harper - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/12 with pete r

Hidden - 2012

Witsend3 - 2012

cornishmackem - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Solo - 2012

Hidden - Solo - 26/Feb/11

Rope solo
joe.91 - Solo O/S - 30/Jan/11 with Olli Crudge

Olli-C - 2nd - 30/Jan/11 with Joe Dobson

alidixon - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Rob

Led pitches 1,2,3 and 5.
KarlH - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Nick Ward

wildrover220 - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Ali Dixon

Simnel - Lead - 23/Jan/11 with Mark, Tony S

Anthony1 - 2nd - 23/Jan/11 with Mark D, John L

Went up third after Tony Shorter and John Lambert who lead. 2nd winter climb. Mixed climbing over neve, ice, hard icy turf and rock. Excellent fun.
dakidunn - 2nd O/S - 23/Jan/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

adie84 - 2011

31770 - 2011

smithaldo - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2011

melting as we went up, left hand route busy with 4 lads from Crab Air, so took the right hand route.
Mungo Shuntobox - AltLd - 29/Dec/10 with Peter Goble

In shocking condition took off gloves and rock climbed past final chockstone in preference to partially frozen moss, should of walked away. Great fun however.
freemanTom - AltLd - 29/Dec/10 with Burncool

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 26/Dec/10 with Katharine

Soloed 1st pitch up the gully bed then roped up for an ice pitch into the ampitheatre.
Katharine.eaton - 2nd O/S - 26/Dec/10 with Dom

great route in top condition the mixed step added to the route.
jon59 - Lead O/S - 24/Dec/10

adywarner - 2nd O/S - 24/Dec/10

Hidden - 23/Dec/10

'lead' the easy snow pitches...
Alison2 - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10 with matthew154

bazpearson - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/10 with pete stollery

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/10

Hidden - Lead - 15/Dec/10

tk1991 - Lead O/S - 15/Dec/10

First ice climb great fun
Amelia - 2nd β - 15/Dec/10 with Nick michel

John Pickles - Solo O/S - 13/Dec/10 with Zac Poulton

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

A great day out. Still loads of snow and ice. Snow was soft but seemed stable, ice pitch was well formed.
barney800 - 08/Dec/10 with Andy Bottrill

Andy DB - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/10 with James B

Soloed up until the ice bit, didn't fancy it having no ice screws, tried the mixed option to the left of the ice but the huge amount of soft snow at the bottom made access difficult, route finding was equally difficult, had a couple of attempts but then went back and climbed the ice (turned out to be very pleasant)with an anchor set up at the base of the ice, unroped to the top. Interesting first winter lead/solo.
melonmike - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Hannah Newcombe, Laura Evans

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Dec/10

Practically a solo, in perfect condition, packed full of Ice and Neve snow... Superb day out! felt quite stiff for II.
tobyk - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/10 with Andrew Knights

Hidden - Lead - Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/10

Hidden - 09/Mar/10

Stunning weather wandered t the top of Scafell.
Tony Holdsworth - Solo rpt - 08/Mar/10

Peter Sowerby - 2nd - 21/Feb/10 with John Holden

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/10

Soloed all but the ice step after the amphitheatre. Very fun!
Rosie Henstock - 2nd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Tom Green

TGreen - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Harry Thorpe, Rosie Henstock

bengillies - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/10

Harry Thorpe - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Rosie, TGreen

Happy Wanderer - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Ken T

Hidden - Lead - 19/Feb/10

sadams - Lead - 13/Feb/10 with Catherine Adams

jinphotographer - AltLd - 13/Feb/10

Jan Hotar - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/10

Dave Latimer - Solo - 12/Feb/10

tomhull - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/10 with Liam Lonsdale

Down climbed as descent route
Bobby Gilbert - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Robin Beadle

chrisclimber_1986 - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Chris Nawrat

Hidden - Solo - 05/Feb/10

Lovely steady climbing (II-ish)till the steep ice. Tried the mixed rock to the left but bottled it before going direct on the ice. Bit twitchy without gear.
Zoomer - Solo - 04/Feb/10

Hidden - Feb/10

Simon Baker - Solo O/S - Feb/10

DaveAtkinson - Solo - Feb/10

Hidden - Lead - Feb/10

Needed a couple of tries at the steep ice immediately after the Amphitheatre, got there in the end without bottling out!
d80f0u - Solo - 31/Jan/10

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

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

georgenvk - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/10

lead ice pitch
Petarghh - AltLd - 29/Jan/10 with cavemanjack, NickoClimb

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/10

Jack Loftus - 29/Jan/10 with Pete Hill, Nick

Simnel - Lead - 29/Jan/10 with Pete Middleton, crazyscotsman55

Hidden - Solo - 26/Jan/10

John Kettle - 26/Jan/10

R_W_M - 2nd - 23/Jan/10 with Laurence, Gareth

KevB - Lead - 23/Jan/10

jl - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/10 with Brad

nmoysey - Jan/10 with Andrew Stark

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

Hidden - 2010

sausage - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/09

tjmillen - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/09 with simon hall

Climbed in rapidly thawing conditions.
Karlos - 22/Feb/09 with Tom, Simon

One axe, First Grade 2 Winter Route
Richiehill - 2nd O/S - 14/Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Feb/09

Joe Miller - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Josef Frank

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - 01/Feb/09

Simnel - AltLd - Feb/09 with Pete Middleton, Paul Young

Simnel - Lead - Feb/09 with Pete Middleton, Paul Smith

gripped01 - Solo - Feb/09 with Rob Patchett

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Jan/09

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jan/09

Soloed this in good conditions if not a little lean,but had problems at the rocks half way up.I had to climb rocks on left and traverse right to get back into the main gully.felt desperate for me,but was elated to get to the top.
blackcat - Solo - 08/Dec/08

Reasonable conditions, but turf beneath snow and ice mushy seaweed - warthog not placed. Easy beginning, easy end. Steep ice/rock bit tricky with rucksack (felt like the climb was trying to eat me). Fun fun fun in the lakes!
jimorothy - AltLd - 07/Dec/08 with Scott Barnett

Powdery snow to amphitheatre, then I took a short fall on icefall, so Dad led it instead. Icefall was quite thin. Snow above was better. First grade II, great day.
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/08

tiga271 - AltLd - 06/Dec/08 with mark20

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/08

Very lean low down made for mixed moves. Ampitheatre and above in reasonable condition. Crackin day out
star8ug - Lead O/S - 12/Jan/08 with Brother

Sean Kelly - 2008

Simon Caldwell - Solo - 22/Mar/06 with Rob and Carmen

lithos - Solo - 22/Mar/06 with carmen, Simon C

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/06

Hidden - Solo - 19/Mar/06

Whitt - AltLd O/S - 04/Mar/06 with Tom

petegunn - Lead - 01/Mar/06 with Davina

Hidden - Lead - Mar/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/06

nakedave - Solo - 2006

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 02/Mar/05

Retreated by abseil after 100 metres as we were too slow. We should have brought more than 2 screws, too. With also Edd L.
masa-alpin - AltLd dnf - 26/Feb/05 with Rich Sid [ULMC], Jonathan M

The Mountain Goat - 2nd dnf - Jan/05

Hidden - Lead - Feb/03

Hidden - AltLd - 2002

ashpreston - 2002

davetigger - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/01

Gman - Solo O/S - Dec/01

Soloed in 17mins. Raced Nick up this and beat him although he claims its because he stopped for a pee!
adamwesthead - Solo O/S - Jan/01 with Hoult

Phill_ Thompson - AltLd - Feb/00 with Matt Newman, Lucy Prins

Howard J - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/00 with Jeff Burgum

biggianthead - Solo - 20/Dec/99

Hidden - May/99

Did left branch (? III)
nickdonohue - Solo - 01/Feb/98

Hammy - AltLd - 16/Feb/97 with Ian Barker

Hidden - Solo - 27/Dec/96

A bad day, cornice gave way just prior to exit sweeping me back down the gully. Airlifted off due to injuries. Lucky to be alive...
icescrew - Solo - 28/Feb/96

Cornice collapsed swept down gully!
icescrew - Solo - Jan/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/96

Neil Conway - AltLd O/S - Dec/95

John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/94 with Paul Hannon, Chris

craig h - Solo O/S - Feb/91

Martin Haworth - Solo - Feb/91

Mick King - Solo - 27/Jan/91

malc - 2nd O/S - 15/Dec/90 with DB

Hidden - Aug/90

Hidden - Aug/90

Mick King - Lead - 04/Mar/90 with Mark Lester

stuart58 - Solo - 12/Apr/89

Steve Crowe - Solo - 22/Feb/87

Bob - Solo O/S - 23/Nov/85

biggianthead - Solo - 25/Mar/85 with x, Malcolm, G

Hidden - Lead - 27/Dec/84

John Marsland - Solo - 29/Jan/84

biggianthead - 18/Jan/84

biggianthead - 20/Jan/83

Mark Kemball - Solo - 02/Jan/83 with Richard Alexander

biggianthead - Jan/82 with M

Tim Sparrow - 01/Jan/81 with Ian Owen

Hammy - AltLd - 11/Dec/80 with Pete Smith

Hidden - Solo - 15/Feb/80

Nigel Coe - Lead - 11/Feb/78 with Jackie Coe

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jan/77

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 02/Jan/77 with Tony Cuddy

Hidden - Solo - 11/Dec/76

Hidden - AltLd - 1976

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/73

pneame - 10/Feb/73

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