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

Ticklists: Cold Climbs.

Hidden 02/Apr AltLd O/S
Simon Caldwell 14/Mar AltLd

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.

with Carmen
Hidden 14/Mar AltLd
Hidden 04/Mar Solo
Ste Ridd 04/Mar Solo

Night solo. Crux was in Micked condition.

with Danny, M.Sadler
Hidden 25/Feb AltLd
Andrew Holden 22/Feb Solo
pete_naylor 15/Feb Solo O/S

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.

Davp 08/Feb Lead

Good conditions.

alias dave 07/Feb Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Feb Lead O/S
Daniel Allen 07/Feb 2nd O/S
pudding 06/Feb -
a13x 06/Feb Solo O/S

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.

DavidWilby 06/Feb Lead O/S

First winter lead and first winter climb for Anna.

joe hallam 04/Feb Lead O/S

in ish!

joeflan 03/Feb Solo O/S
fuzzysheep01 01/Feb Lead O/S
with Alan Hardie
Andrew Holden 01/Feb Lead
dapperdan 01/Feb 2nd
Mark D 31/Jan Lead O/S
with Andy Barwell, Tommy B
Hidden 24/Jan -
Hidden 01/Mar/14 Solo
tumbling wizard ?/Feb/14 Solo
yesbutnobutyesbut ??/2014 -
annastudholme ??/2014 Solo
with Mike N, John Worrall
paulh.0776 13/Apr/13 Lead

Probably the very last ascent of Central Gully in 2013, soft snow all the way, stunning day on the summit.

with peter
Hidden 08/Apr/13 AltLd
Gav Parker 06/Apr/13 AltLd

Excellent day out....

Wesley Orvis 06/Apr/13 AltLd

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

Pete Pozman 05/Apr/13 2nd O/S

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.

with John Byrne
Hidden 04/Apr/13 AltLd
elliptic 04/Apr/13 Solo rpt
MartinLister 04/Apr/13 Solo
Pohil 04/Apr/13 Solo
MartinLister 04/Apr/13 Solo
keithlambley 02/Apr/13 Solo
Rasherz 01/Apr/13 AltLd
dkd ?/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Al
Joby 31/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Great conditions but very busy. soloed the first pitch and moved together for the last. Great fun.

with John Martin
quarryman 31/Mar/13 2nd

Amazing conditions - felt very alpine. Cold. Route was busy, ice was in great nick though.

with Mark W, Pete
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead
tomo100 29/Mar/13 -
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead O/S
cas smerdon 29/Mar/13 2nd

Mark led. Good snow and solid ice pitch.

with Simon Thomson, Russell Bridges, Mark Bridges
Hidden 29/Mar/13 2nd O/S
mfisher 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Soloed all but the short ice pitch, great fun!

Hidden 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
matty123 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Solo apart from the ice pitch

waiting for snow 13/Mar/13 Solo O/S

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.

petegunn 06/Mar/13 Solo
Hidden 04/Mar/13 Solo
paulh.0776 04/Mar/13 Solo O/S

easier than I anticipated, didn't rope up. snow and ice in great condition,

with Nigel Black
Simnel 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Mark, Alan
gethin_allen 01/Mar/13 -
Jimbo C 01/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

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.

with Chris, Gethin
dakidunn 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Simnel
stevensduk ?/Mar/13 2nd
Ste_b1978 24/Feb/13 Lead

Went left to add a little interest then traversed back right near the top

with Danny
SteveM 22/Feb/13 AltLd
with Simon Kimber
Rob Rocket 19/Feb/13 Solo
dregsy 02/Feb/13 2nd

Great long walk in from Langdale and perfect conditions for my best winter climb so far

Matt_Hardy ?/Feb/13 Lead
with James France
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead
6aPunter ??/2013 -
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo O/S
thegoatstroker 11/Dec/12 Lead
with Suzy Brett, Chris Cox, Martin Lyne
Jack00 09/Dec/12 Solo O/S

Very lean and melting. Soloed with walking axe and crampons. Hard.

with Graham Plant
Hidden 08/Dec/12 Solo
Hidden ?/Dec/12 Solo
jac00 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Moved together

with Tom
Hidden 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
tomtom89 11/Feb/12 -

Moved together. Good ice and neve all the way up.

with Jack
kyaizawa 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
lcullum7 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
elliptic 11/Feb/12 Solo

Up LH, down Far Left, up RH.

chris smith 10/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Petarghh 08/Feb/12 Solo
luke harper 08/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with pete r
Hidden ??/2012 -
Witsend3 ??/2012 -
cornishmackem ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
Hidden 26/Feb/11 Solo
joe.91 30/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Rope solo

Olli-C 30/Jan/11 2nd
alidixon 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Rob
KarlH 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 1,2,3 and 5.

wildrover220 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Simnel 23/Jan/11 Lead
with Mark, Tony S
Anthony1 23/Jan/11 2nd
with Mark D, John L
dakidunn 23/Jan/11 2nd O/S

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.

Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
adie84 ??/2011 -
31770 ??/2011 -
smithaldo ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd O/S
Mungo Shuntobox 29/Dec/10 AltLd

melting as we went up, left hand route busy with 4 lads from Crab Air, so took the right hand route.

with Peter Goble
freemanTom 29/Dec/10 AltLd

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.

with Burncool
Somerset swede basher 26/Dec/10 Lead O/S
with Katharine
Katharine.eaton 26/Dec/10 2nd O/S

Soloed 1st pitch up the gully bed then roped up for an ice pitch into the ampitheatre.

with Dom
jon59 24/Dec/10 Lead O/S

great route in top condition the mixed step added to the route.

adywarner 24/Dec/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Dec/10 -
Alison2 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

'lead' the easy snow pitches...

bazpearson 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with pete stollery
Hidden 17/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/10 Lead
tk1991 15/Dec/10 Lead O/S
Amelia 15/Dec/10 2nd β

First ice climb great fun

John Pickles 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
barney800 08/Dec/10 -

A great day out. Still loads of snow and ice. Snow was soft but seemed stable, ice pitch was well formed.

Andy DB 08/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with James B
melonmike 05/Dec/10 Solo O/S

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.

with Hannah Newcombe, Laura Evans
Hidden 05/Dec/10 2nd
tobyk 01/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Practically a solo, in perfect condition, packed full of Ice and Neve snow... Superb day out! felt quite stiff for II.

with Andrew Knights
Hidden ?/Dec/10 Lead
Hidden 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/10 -
Tony Holdsworth 08/Mar/10 Solo rpt

Stunning weather wandered t the top of Scafell.

Peter Sowerby 21/Feb/10 2nd
with John Holden
Hidden 20/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Rosie Henstock 20/Feb/10 2nd O/S

Soloed all but the ice step after the amphitheatre. Very fun!

TGreen 20/Feb/10 Solo O/S
bengillies 20/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Harry Thorpe 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Rosie, TGreen
Happy Wanderer 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Ken T
Hidden 19/Feb/10 Lead
sadams 13/Feb/10 Lead
with Catherine Adams
jinphotographer 13/Feb/10 AltLd
Jan Hotar 13/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Dave Latimer 12/Feb/10 Solo
tomhull 08/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Bobby Gilbert 07/Feb/10 Solo O/S

Down climbed as descent route

with Robin Beadle
chrisclimber_1986 06/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Chris Nawrat
Hidden 05/Feb/10 Solo
Zoomer 04/Feb/10 Solo

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.

Hidden ?/Feb/10 -
Simon Baker ?/Feb/10 Solo O/S
DaveAtkinson ?/Feb/10 Solo
Hidden ?/Feb/10 Lead
d80f0u 31/Jan/10 Solo

Needed a couple of tries at the steep ice immediately after the Amphitheatre, got there in the end without bottling out!

Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
georgenvk 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
Petarghh 29/Jan/10 AltLd

lead ice pitch

Hidden 29/Jan/10 Solo O/S
Jack Loftus 29/Jan/10 -
Simnel 29/Jan/10 Lead


with Pete Middleton, crazyscotsman55
Hidden 26/Jan/10 Solo
John Kettle 26/Jan/10 -
R_W_M 23/Jan/10 2nd
with Laurence, Gareth
KevB 23/Jan/10 Lead
Hidden 06/Jan/10 Solo
jl 03/Jan/10 Solo O/S
with Brad
nmoysey ?/Jan/10 -
with Andrew Stark
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
sausage 30/Dec/09 Solo O/S
tjmillen 29/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with simon hall
Karlos 22/Feb/09 -

Climbed in rapidly thawing conditions.

with Tom, Simon
Richiehill 14/Feb/09 2nd O/S

One axe, First Grade 2 Winter Route

Hidden 12/Feb/09 AltLd
Joe Miller 08/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with Josef Frank
Hidden 08/Feb/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/09 Solo
Simnel ?/Feb/09 AltLd
with Pete Middleton, Paul Young
Simnel ?/Feb/09 Lead


with Pete Middleton, Paul Smith
gripped01 ?/Feb/09 Solo
with Rob Patchett
Hidden 31/Jan/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Jan/09 Lead
blackcat 08/Dec/08 Solo

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.

jimorothy 07/Dec/08 AltLd

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!

with Scott Barnett
mark20 06/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

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.

tiga271 06/Dec/08 AltLd
with mark20
Hidden 29/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
star8ug 12/Jan/08 Lead O/S

Very lean low down made for mixed moves. Ampitheatre and above in reasonable condition. Crackin day out

with Brother
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
Simon Caldwell 22/Mar/06 Solo
with Rob and Carmen
lithos 22/Mar/06 Solo
Hidden 20/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/06 Solo
Whitt 04/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
with Tom
petegunn 01/Mar/06 Lead
with Davina
Hidden ?/Mar/06 Lead
Hidden 01/Feb/06 2nd O/S
nakedave ??/2006 Solo
Hidden 02/Mar/05 AltLd rpt
masa-alpin 26/Feb/05 AltLd dnf

Retreated by abseil after 100 metres as we were too slow. We should have brought more than 2 screws, too. With also Edd L.

with Rich Sid [ULMC], Jonathan M
The Mountain Goat ?/Jan/05 2nd dnf
LakesWinter ?/Feb/03 Lead

Big storm all day, the route was thinly iced and we finished in the dark. An excellent day out.

with Paul
Hidden ??/2002 AltLd
ashpreston ??/2002 -
davetigger 26/Dec/01 AltLd O/S
Gman ?/Dec/01 Solo O/S
adamwesthead ?/Jan/01 Solo O/S

Soloed in 17mins. Raced Nick up this and beat him although he claims its because he stopped for a pee!

with Hoult
Phill_ Thompson ?/Feb/00 AltLd
with Matt Newman, Lucy Prins
Howard J 17/Jan/00 AltLd O/S
with Jeff Burgum
biggianthead 20/Dec/99 Solo
Hidden ?/May/99 -
nickdonohue 01/Feb/98 Solo

Did left branch (? III)

Hammy 16/Feb/97 AltLd
with Ian Barker
Hidden 27/Dec/96 Solo
icescrew 28/Feb/96 Solo

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 ?/Jan/96 Solo

Cornice collapsed swept down gully!

Hidden ?/Jan/96 AltLd O/S
Neil Conway ?/Dec/95 AltLd O/S
FATBOYFAT ??/1995 -
John Brayshaw 09/Feb/94 AltLd O/S
with Paul Hannon, Chris
craig h ?/Feb/91 Solo O/S
Martin Haworth ?/Feb/91 Solo
Mick King 27/Jan/91 Solo
malc 15/Dec/90 2nd O/S
with DB
Hidden ?/Aug/90 -
Hidden ?/Aug/90 -
Mick King 04/Mar/90 Lead
with Mark Lester
stuart58 12/Apr/89 Solo
Steve Crowe 22/Feb/87 Solo
Bob 23/Nov/85 Solo O/S
biggianthead 25/Mar/85 Solo
with x, Malcolm, G
Hidden 27/Dec/84 Lead
John Marsland 29/Jan/84 Solo
biggianthead 18/Jan/84 -
biggianthead 20/Jan/83 -
Mark Kemball 02/Jan/83 Solo
with Richard Alexander
biggianthead ?/Jan/82 -
with M
Tim Sparrow 01/Jan/81 -
with Ian Owen
Hammy 11/Dec/80 AltLd
with Pete Smith
Hidden 15/Feb/80 Solo
Nigel Coe 11/Feb/78 Lead
with Jackie Coe
Hidden 02/Jan/77 AltLd
Nigel Bond 02/Jan/77 AltLd
with Tony Cuddy
Hidden 11/Dec/76 Solo
Hidden ??/1976 AltLd
Hidden 24/Dec/73 AltLd O/S
pneame 10/Feb/73 -


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