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Central Gully Left Branch** III

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[Ollie climbing, Ben Rule belaying at the top of the crux pitch of Central Gully (l/h), III, Great End, Scafell Group, 3 kb]110m. Climb the icy groove left of the amphitheatre, if the ice allows it may be possible to leave the groove and climb up steeper more open ice on its left wall. The broad gully above is followed to the top. In poor snow conditions this gully can be quite avalanche prone. © ROCKFAX

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Photo: Ollie climbing, Ben Rule belaying at the top of the crux pitch of Central Gully (l/h), III, Great End, Scafell Group © Ben Rule
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A nice morning before it clouded over. A small hole where the ice pitch forms, this being a bank of snow this year. Cornice was fine if exited on the left thanks to the previous parties. Sugary snow with some neve.
petegunn - Solo - 05/Mar/14

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Mar/14

Huge quantities of snow with avalanche debris at the bottom of south east and central gully. The snow was well consolidated - perfect for kicking steps. The pitch on left branch was climable (just) on collapsing snow. Quite exciting! Large cornice on right but avoidable on the left (steep loose snow). Snow on the summit turned to rain and a mega thaw so we got a massive soaking on the way down.
Will Smith - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/14 with Rob and Jamie

What he said. Glad I wasn't leading.
Jamie Brown - 2nd O/S - 02/Mar/14 with Will Smith, Rob Stone

Wads of snow but not too firm under foot. Fairly big cornice on exit...... Blue sky day!
Mountain Llama - Solo - 28/Feb/14

yesbutnobutyesbut - 2014

Lead the ice pitch after the amphitheatre
neilwiltshire - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/13 with Simon Kemper

landy813 - 2nd β - 07/Apr/13

tom144807 - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Karl Wood

Fantastic Ice, Headed up left of the gully as there was so much ice.
lawsimpo03 - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/13

Solo'd first pitch up the banked out gully, then psyched up and boshed out the neve ice wall above. Felt pretty smug at the belay, only to have Alan Hinkes solo past. LEGEND !
Woodiee - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Tom Pitchforth

Pohil - Solo O/S - 04/Apr/13

Mattyk - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Dominick Spracklen

elliptic - Solo rpt - 04/Apr/13

Craig McMahon - AltLd - 04/Apr/13 with Ben

David Cowley - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead - 02/Apr/13

Pretty sure I lead an easy snow pitch near the top.
Andy27 - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/13 with Simon Gee

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Apr/13

Soloed to the ampitheatre and i led the main ice pitch. Mark led to just below the top of the gully through a chimney to the left of the gully. Steve led the final move back into the gully and topped out.
clint87 - AltLd - 31/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead - 31/Mar/13

John Roe - 2nd - 30/Mar/13 with Joe Broadbent

chris smith - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Mar/13

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead - 16/Mar/13

hamishjfk - AltLd - 13/Mar/13 with Stephen spencer

jacko120 - AltLd - 11/Mar/13

The Grist - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Paula lockett

hamishjfk - AltLd - 09/Mar/13 with Andy mckay

johnrich - 2nd - 05/Mar/13 with Foggy

Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Andy Wallace

pete40 - AltLd - 02/Mar/13 with phil

redshapedfriday - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/13 with tom anderson

al jackson - Lead - Mar/13

Route in great condition though a little stepped out, the ice pitch was fully formed making for brilliant climbing
jon59 - AltLd - 28/Feb/13

Headtorch ascent after work. No queues. Ice pitch in fine nick, and amazingly un-hacked (on the left hand side of the fall!). Snow a bit soft and gently melting.
GPN - AltLd - 28/Feb/13 with Annette

After-work headtorch jolly. George led the main ice fall - good pitch.
net - AltLd - 28/Feb/13 with George

Moved together up gully to crux then I lead it and Fred moved through and out.
Jim Haydock - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Fred'

Lee Sheard - Solo rpt - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 24/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Feb/13

Jules led crux pitch. Bomber neve, ice hard on crux.
maria85 - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Trev, Jules

DSM - Solo - 23/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 23/Feb/13

Great condition, crux icefall felt pretty stiff for III.
Mr. K - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/13 with James Oswald, Chris Mullaney

dakidunn - AltLd - 23/Feb/13

Nice route ice pitch hard at the grade
Simnel - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Mark

Pete Rigby - Solo O/S - 23/Feb/13

Took the left hand bit of ice, completely unused as opposed to the main gully which was sooo stepped out! Dodgy belay by moi! Ice stake/deadman would have been handy.
Jams Crwca - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Danny

fathobbit - 2nd - 23/Feb/13 with Mr. K

led ice pitches
tiga271 - AltLd - 22/Feb/13 with Dave

Awesome! In great nick!
jules1990 - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Jacqui, Andre

Stella conditions but cool breeze on walk-in.
Mountain Llama - Solo rpt - 21/Feb/13

D.botts87 - AltLd - 19/Feb/13

Hidden - Lead - 19/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Feb/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/13

sjbrook - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with Dave Richards

Stuck to the center of the ice pitch for maximum fun! 1st Grade III.
Dave Richards - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with sjbrook

BikeClimbWalk - Lead - 12/Feb/13 with John J

Roped up for the ice pitch, proper winter weather today!
petegunn - 2nd - 10/Feb/13 with Will, Ash

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Feb/13

Mark Gilham on second.
MartF - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/13 with Fonze

Diggler - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Calder

Calder - 2nd - 02/Feb/13 with Mark

Loved it.
hairy51 - 2nd - Feb/13 with Joe Andrews, Ben Axford

Too much snow, not enough ice.
JamesGibson - Solo dnf - 26/Jan/13

Too much snow, not enough ice.
MattHandley - Solo dnf - 26/Jan/13

6aPunter - 2013

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Dec/12

fantastic day out - stunning views in clear air, could see all the hills in lakes and beyond. Route in good nick
lithos - 13/Dec/12 with Puma

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

Awesome day out, route in good condition.
Puma - 13/Dec/12 with Rob Stone

night ascent
Steve Lenartowicz - AltLd - 13/Dec/12 with Andy M

petegunn - Solo - 12/Dec/12

Simonfarfaraway - AltLd - 12/Dec/12 with Conan

alan barnes - 11/Dec/12 with chris hig

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 11/Dec/12 with Cath Sullivan

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Dec/12

Great route good nick. Lower section of main pitch ice bit scrappy.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Solo - 10/Dec/12 with Jason Wood

Super day and really nice route. The lower sections were a bit mushy.
RossKirtley - AltLd O/S - 09/Dec/12 with Luke Robinson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/12

Lovely day, seemed a long walk in today, ice was nice and plastic. Superb, atmospheric views today.
John Holden - 2nd O/S - 12/Feb/12 with Stewart Herbert, Martin Smith

First proper outdoor ice, first winter lead!
kirsten - AltLd - 12/Feb/12 with Paolo Fubini

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

wupert - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/12 with Pete Walker

Nick led the good ice bit
adamwesthead - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/12 with Hoult

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/12

Super lovely I kinda led the last bit - but i don't reckon that counts much.
BelleVedere - 2nd - 08/Feb/12 with Neil Cq

nice route gona come back with a rope and climb the ice direct!
Charlie Zephyr Booth - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/12

A good pitch on ice, longer than i remembered. Good day
petegunn - Lead - 05/Feb/12 with Ash, Tom, Davina

Two Cams Tom - 2nd - 05/Feb/12 with Davina, petegunn

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 05/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Feb/12

Hidden - 2nd - Feb/12

Hidden - 2012

Witsend3 - 2012

gingermike1 - AltLd - 2012

cornishmackem - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2012

ashpreston - 2012

Soloed up to the ice pitch, seconded the pitch and then soloed the end
joe.91 - 2nd O/S - 30/Jan/11 with Olli Crudge

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/11

Olli-C - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/11 with Joe Dobson

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jan/11

Lee Sheard - AltLd rpt - 29/Jan/11 with John Hubbard

Good Neve on most of the route. Dry just below the chockstone on the main gulley The Icefall was mostly good, a little thin in a couple of spots; turf was in very well. Not a true OnSight as I did the right branch last year.
R_W_M - Lead - 29/Jan/11 with Jimmy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jan/11

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jan/11

Ice pitch was a bit brittle.
Caspar - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11 with Will Attridge

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11

Amazing. Flier from York 20:30 Friday eve and headtorch tromp up to whisky and cold camp at Sprinkling Tarn. Up at sunrise and first on route - John and I on one rope and Rich and Neil on another. Topped out into sunlight on top. Superb day and top way to celebrate Rich's birthday.
coombsy - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11 with John B

Hidden - Solo O/S - 23/Jan/11

Hidden - Lead - 23/Jan/11

Bomber neve throughout and suprisingly good ice that had survived the thaw!
Northern Mountain Monkey - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/11

tk1991 - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/11

Hidden - 07/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo - 03/Jan/11

Jack Loftus - Solo - 03/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/11

Timo Austino - Solo - 03/Jan/11 with Nats

In good nick. Enjoy.
eldre070 - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/11 with Karl

Soloed up to the ice pitch. Left Mike to lead it (without placing any gear), so I could take a slightly steeper and less travelled left hand side.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/11 with Mike

joeydurkin - Lead - 02/Jan/11 with Adam

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11

mark20 - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11

3kidsandanorton - AltLd - 02/Jan/11 with Diccon Proctor

Mark got crux ice pitch !I got the one past chockstone
tiga271 - AltLd - 02/Jan/11 with mark20

Paul-Michael - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Paul Nurse

Timo Austino - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Mark Salter - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2011

Timo Austino - Solo - 2011

MDowson - AltLd - 20/Dec/10 with Jonathon Powell

Lee Sheard - Lead rpt - 19/Dec/10 with pete glasper

joeydurkin - AltLd - 18/Dec/10 with Jockey

Jack Loftus - Solo O/S - 18/Dec/10

Sam Simpson - Solo O/S - 17/Dec/10 with Adam Clark

Quite a lot of ice about. The ice fall finish to window gully looks in.
petegunn - Lead - 16/Dec/10 with Matt Reeve

Hidden - Lead rpt - 15/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Dec/10

simon kimber - Lead O/S - 14/Dec/10 with Hannah Hunt

Hanski - 2nd - 14/Dec/10 with Simon Kimber

Adi Hooper - Solo - 12/Dec/10

Actually did Far Left Branch
MikeLeeds - Solo O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Clive Greenwood

Shuttsie - AltLd - 12/Dec/10 with tim

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Dec/10

clive-greenwood - Solo - 12/Dec/10 with Mike Nuttall

Peter Holder - AltLd - 08/Dec/10 with TOm Charnock

ffdalton - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Dean Dalton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Dec/10

First Winter Route. What an epic
adamjc13 - Solo O/S - Dec/10

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/10 with Mark Fyles

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

Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/10

asmith37 - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Bex Leigh

Conan - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Marisa, Steve Wray

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/10

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

Moving together
Ally Smith - 28/Feb/10 with Rob Lavin

connor - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/10 with simon holdsworth

Climbed around midnight for a little added adventure
AMarchant - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/10

TerryB - 2nd O/S - 26/Feb/10 with Mark F

Soloed up to the ice pitch which was nice, but just a plod other than that. Busy!
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with SteveyM

Great to see the Lakes with this much snow.
SteveMyatt - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Mark Fairbank

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/10

soloed up to the ice fall and then roped up, a real classic, just a shame it wasn't longer
AMarchant - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Stu Air

petegunn - Lead - 17/Feb/10 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/10

mickJ - Lead - 15/Feb/10 with andy l

Soloed most of it with one axe, roped up for the steep ice and simu climbed the final snow ramp. Loads if fun! First ice experience.
jacobjlloyd - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/10 with Will Searle, Ed Searle

Tightsgirl - 2nd - 13/Feb/10 with Clare Francis

Dave Latimer - Solo - 12/Feb/10

searla - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/10 with Sarp

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/10

Solid neve, quite busy, just freezing, well developed ice - overall a good intro to Lakes winter climbing
Ross Anderrson - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Andy, Dave Foster

Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Andy and Ross

Solo apart from the III pitch.
The Mountain Goat - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hexman - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Hannah

1St graded winter climb fantastic conditions, some nice ice. Lead through the last pitch - steep and slightly nervous to say the least!
gilbert - 06/Feb/10 with Dave Tait

gw66 - 06/Feb/10

mikecollins - 2nd - 04/Feb/10 with cliff lowther

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Feb/10

full wnter conditions
jhardwick - AltLd O/S - Feb/10 with tony womersley

Hidden - Feb/10

ernieb182 - Lead O/S - Feb/10 with Joe McDonald

Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/10

Shuttsie - Feb/10 with Andrea Sales

brilliant.
alan barnes - AltLd - 31/Jan/10 with sean, lucy w, sam d

nakedave - Lead - 31/Jan/10

Lovely route. Ice had seen a lot of traffic, and was well picked out, which made things much easier. Lefthand side of the ice looks steeper and relatively untouched.
Karlos - Solo O/S - 31/Jan/10

done moving together and pitched ice pitches
ayuplass - 2nd - 31/Jan/10 with miles

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Jan/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jan/10

Craig McMahon - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Adam Cassidy

Good neve, excellent ice.
Rog Wilko - AltLd - 29/Jan/10 with Lawrence Jordan

fantastic conditions - best ice I have climbed on in the Lakes - mor elike grade II
Tom Phillips - Lead O/S - 25/Jan/10 with dick

Hidden - Solo - 25/Jan/10

tjmillen - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/10 with stewart herbert

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/10

ollyroberts - Solo - 24/Jan/10

did in 4 pitches from bottom of central gully, stu led pitches 2 and 4, I led piches 1(easy snow plod) and 3 (ice pitch). ice on pitch 3 fat but a little rotten just on the right hand edge, really nice pitch
pebbles - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/10 with stu

dave josling - 2nd RP - 23/Jan/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/10

ccraigg22 - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/10 with Peter Hill

J1PEF - Jan/10

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - Jan/10 with Dylan

bigbadbob12345 - Lead - Jan/10 with Steve Wilson

Hidden - Lead - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Solo 1st pitch, 2nd others. Good condition.
cjc2001 - AltLd - 31/Dec/09

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 16/Feb/09 with Anita Goldsworthy

ccraigg22 - 2nd - 16/Feb/09 with Chris Roberts

Jonny M - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/09 with Gary Bebb

Hidden - Lead - 13/Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/09

Soloed upto the ampitheatre on banked out solid snow and ice. Pitched the ice fall which was perfect. Large bulges of ice in which axes stuck first time - best winter climb to date.
star8ug - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Brother

Hidden - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/09

Oceanic - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Feb/09

Fantastic conditions with good neve, finished up Left Branch - 20m ice pitch was perfect!
Mountain Llama - Lead - 04/Feb/09 with Alan

Pete Graham - Solo - Feb/09

kenneM - Lead - Feb/09 with Moony

Hidden - Feb/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Dec/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Dec/08

Tom Phillips - Lead - 10/Dec/08 with Andy

ewen - AltLd O/S - 09/Dec/08 with geoff

Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/08 with Jim Keeley

gripped01 - AltLd - Jan/07 with Pete Greening

soloed most, I led the icefall pitch just above the amphitheatre
Simon Caldwell - 22/Mar/06 with Rob and Carmen

Overtaken at the ampitheatre by 83 yo soloist wearing crampons apparently hewn from WWII shell casings.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 22/Mar/06 with Foggy

lithos - Solo - 22/Mar/06 with carmen, Toreador

Hidden - 19/Mar/06

A quicky after everyone else had left the crag.
Tobias at Home - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/06 with SteveM

SteveM - AltLd - 18/Mar/06 with Tobs

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/06

ewen - AltLd - Mar/06 with the kettle

francis blunt - AltLd - Mar/06 with Aengus Mc Cullough

mortimea - 2nd - Mar/06 with Jim Heath

Hammy - 2nd - 24/Feb/06 with Rob Gregory

John Kettle - AltLd - 2006

nakedave - Solo - 2006

ashpreston - 2006

Good into to mixed ice. Walk in wearing Scarpa Vegas not comfortable though!
benjhans - AltLd O/S - Dec/05 with Dad

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/04

Hidden - Lead - 02/Jan/04

Ander - 2nd - Jan/04 with Ollie, Ben

Me 1st pitch, Chris 2nd pitch and Me final pitch to the summit
Mark A Humphries - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/03 with Chris Usher

brockers - AltLd - 2003 with CarlZ

Jim Haydock - AltLd - 02/Nov/01 with Pete

ice pitch good
michaelb1 - AltLd O/S - Jan/01

crowberry gully - Feb/00 with Ross McGibbon

John Pickles - Lead O/S - 16/Jan/00 with John Crooks

petegunn - AltLd - 2000 with Matt Wilkes

biggianthead - Solo - 20/Dec/99

Another bad day here, got smacked on the head with a lump of ice! This ain't the place for me.
icescrew - AltLd - Feb/99 with The Fox

Excellent conditions. Unroped ascent
EddieA - Solo - 05/Apr/96 with Simon W

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/96

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Nov/93

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - Solo - 1993

craig h - Solo O/S - Feb/91

Martin Haworth - Solo - Feb/91

Hidden - Aug/90

Hidden - Aug/90

stuart58 - Solo - 12/Apr/89

Hidden - Lead - 28/Feb/88

Have said "alt leads" but I think we climbed the route unroped.
Campbell42 - AltLd - 25/Jan/87 with Adam Wainwright, Chris Wilson, Kim Wainwright

Hammy - AltLd - 23/Jan/86 with Colin Struthers

scree - Mar/85

Hidden - 1985

biggianthead - 26/Feb/84 with G

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/84

biggianthead - 19/Feb/83 with M

Mark Kemball - Lead - 30/Dec/79 with Philip Berrie

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jan/77

Falko - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/77 with Martin Kaye

Hidden - AltLd - 1976

Sean Kelly - AltLd - Feb/73 with Graham Thompson & Steve Berisford

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Style of ascent

Soloed50 of 297 (16.8%)
Lead60 of 297 (20.2%)
Followed40 of 297 (13.5%)
Alt Leads111 of 297 (37.4%)
Unknown36 of 297 (12.1%)

'Climbed'166 of 297 (55.9%)
clean O/S120 of 297 (40.4%)
clean β1 of 297 (0.3%)
clean rpt7 of 297 (2.4%)
clean RP1 of 297 (0.3%)
dnf2 of 297 (0.7%)