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Central Gully** III

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[karl on Central Gully, Great Gable, 3 kb]230m, 2 pitches. Climb the chimney direct in two pitches to the head wall. From here climb the small steep corner chimney up and right onto the large terrace. Move up to steeper rock at the right hand end of the terrace, climb a short pitch and follow the easy gully above. © ROCKFAX

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This climb is in 22 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Snow a little inconsistent for first rope length (we needed to skirt immediately left of the first two short steep sections to find suitably stable snow) but really good névé after that. Gear was hard work to find.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Anna Kennedy

Snow was soft on the approach but improved massively with height until gorgeous neve for the top half of the climb. Fantastic fun.
annak - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Lee Harrison

spadge - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/13

Chimneys were pretty bare, but a good day out. The chimney on P4 was completely dry and looked very hard, so took corner on the left which was very good ice/mixed climbing.
jonny taylor - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with James, Andy B

ablackett - AltLd - 19/Dec/10 with Jonny, James Osborn

Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Andy Blackett, Jonny Taylor

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10

gripped01 - Solo - Mar/10

Witnessed Death of Alan Turner
Craig McMahon - Lead dnf - 31/Jan/10 with Adam Cassidy

Only given 2 stars above definitely worth 3.
Diggler - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/09 with jonah

Bitterly cold wind blasts. Led first two brutal chimneys as one long pitch (footprints suggest these oft avoided - partner balked at 2nd chimney and did left variant). Did first half of Smart Exit on steep headwall. Then traversed 40m back to route for the "Smuggler's Retreat". Great area to climb with loads of variants to suit ability and mood. Really ballsy interesting chimneys: took us ages - as ever.
jimorothy - AltLd - 02/Feb/09 with Scott Barnett

Same weekend as Deep Gill Intergal
kenneM - Lead O/S - Feb/09 with Moony

tom_holdsworth - 2nd - 31/Jan/09 with Mike Kennedy

chalk monster - AltLd - 02/Feb/08 with Karl

Karlos - AltLd - 02/Feb/08 with Mark B

nakedave - AltLd O/S - 12/Jan/08 with Tom Hull

tomhull - Jan/08 with dave thornley

djmarko75 - Lead O/S - Mar/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Dec/99

EddieA - Solo - 13/Apr/96

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jan/90

Falko - Solo O/S - 01/Feb/76 with Howard Lancashire, Al W.

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Charlie Zephyr Booth, Hidden, nigel pearson, Hidden

Total votes cast 16
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easy IV0 of 8
hard III1 of 8
III6 of 8
easy III1 of 8
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Style of ascent

Soloed3 of 22 (13.6%)
Lead4 of 22 (18.2%)
Followed1 of 22 (4.5%)
Alt Leads13 of 22 (59.1%)
Unknown1 of 22 (4.5%)

'Climbed'9 of 22 (40.9%)
clean O/S12 of 22 (54.5%)
dnf1 of 22 (4.5%)