Raven Crag Gully*** III
[Me on the last pitch of Raven Crag Gully III/IV, Borrowdale, March 2006. Who says theres no winter climbing in the Lakes!, 2 kb]It is graded 111/1V in the current Lakes winter guide book.

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Photo: Me on the last pitch of Raven Crag Gully III/IV, Borrowdale, March 2006. Who says theres no winter climbing in the Lakes! © Scott Gillespie
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This climb is in 103 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

annastudholme - 2nd O/S - May/13

Great Route! Led P1, seconded 2,3,4+6. Soloed P5. Dave thought it was full on grade 4 in some places. Ice is very thin Pitches 1 + 2 now!!!
mfisher - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Dave Ayris, Matthew Breakell

matty123 - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Dave Ayris, fish

foostu4 - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/13

Ben Wolstenholme - AltLd - 06/Apr/13 with John Mason

Deliberately turned up at the bottom of the route at 2 pm, great result! No traffic. 2nd pitch was well dodgy to solo in lean/chopped up conditions. Fighting with my picks to stay in. 1 of them actually ripped out! The other 1 stayed put. THANK GOD! Otherwise, I wouldn't be writing this! The ice got better and better. In fact, top pitch had so much ice, it was worth just abbing down to do just that. Later another party topping out as I approached my sack at the bottom. So early start isn't recommended, especially for April. No need. Have a lie-in!
Skinny Kin - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/13

Shockingly good! At last! Thin at bottom, pushing tech 4/IV pitch 1/2. Rest = sustained III. Well worth us coming out of semi-winter-climbing-have-baby-now-more-responsible-retirement for! Surprise was how damn sublime the middle stuff was. Lovely and airy end to last pitch. Winter climbing doesn't get any better.
jimorothy - Lead - 04/Apr/13 with Rachel Crolla

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Apr/13

Thin and delicate at the bottom, apparently grade IV, fat and extensive ice at the top, III with an airy top out.
BnB - 03/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13

The route has seen lots of traffic. It feels like stepped grade 2-3 scramble at the moment even if one takes steep lines.
Pohil - Lead - 02/Apr/13 with Paul Eliott

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Apr/13

BenTiffin - AltLd - 02/Apr/13 with Dan Robinson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/13

Great route. Well stepped so in grade III condition.
Conan - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/13 with Matt

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/13 with Dave Hayward

The thin lower pitch felt more like IV to me, even with it stepped out. Really varied climbing.
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/13 with Katharine

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/13

I've been struggling to think if I've ever had a better day out winter climbing. Superb route which I've been wanting to do since the last century and a fabulous day. Done in three long pitches, of which Matt led the first two. Led the wonderful last pitch which was in superb condition.
Rog Wilko - AltLd - 01/Apr/13 with Matt Gordon

yorkshiresherpa - 2nd - 31/Mar/13 with Ben Hirst

net - 2nd - 31/Mar/13 with George

GPN - AltLd - 31/Mar/13 with Annette

Excellent evening adventure with Johan and Cal. Bottom pitch was thin but in good mixed condition. The last ice pitch was great.
Rick Armitage - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Cal Reid, Johanne Guasden

Ken Taylor - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Andy Chadwick

Lean conditions low down Final pitch good Ice finish great weather big wait due to other groups on the climb.
hamishjfk - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Andy mckay, Stephen spencer

One of the best ice routes around. Perfect ice well protected, interesting and varied pitches. Top icefall was in beautiful condition.
Andy Chadwick - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Ken Taylor

spadge - 2nd - 31/Mar/13

crossdressingrodney - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Andy H, victim of mathematics

great climb
morsy - AltLd - 30/Mar/13 with peter berwick

Soloed P1, led P3. Totes amazeballs.
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Andy, crossdressingrodney

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13

Grade IV in its curent state.
Diggler - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Calder

Hidden - Solo - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/13

Calder - 2nd - 30/Mar/13 with Mark

Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13

Pete23 - AltLd - 30/Mar/13 with Stephen Mors

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/13

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

lovely route fatter than last year!
Charlie Zephyr Booth - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with tim millen

Hidden - 29/Mar/13

tk1991 - 2nd - 29/Mar/13

ramsy71 - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Neil Machon

Great conditions, awesome final pitch and even a bit of sun!
Harry Kingston - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Clay Conlon

excellent route, good climbing on every pitch
crowberry gully - AltLd - 28/Mar/13 with Ross McGibbon

done as night climb, however proved slightly more exciting with only one head torch between us.
manmike - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13

Night climb in excllent conditions with one head toarch after "technical difficulties"
Ste Ridd - AltLd - 28/Mar/13 with M.Sadler

Brilliant conditions, and a very good route.
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Harry K

Cliff Lowther - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13

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

and tom
johniebriggs - AltLd - 27/Mar/13 with Kat M

set off at 5.30 pm finished 1.30am
MFB - AltLd - 27/Mar/13 with MB

Excellent, The first few technical pitches lead on to a superb final pitch that is currently sprouting a couple of fine ice umbrellas :)
petegunn - AltLd - 26/Mar/13 with Will

Amazing conditions, quite scary! Linked the first two pitches together then went around the forth as it looked quite thin. The last pitch is in very good condition with quite scary ice umbrella's/mushrooms at the top. All in all the best route I've done in winter!
joe.91 - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/13 with Thomas Reid

SPD224 - 2nd - 24/Mar/13 with Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis, Martin Smith

Ice climbing with Chris Densham (leading) and Tom Appleby.
JenRoberts - TR O/S - 24/Mar/13 with Chris D, Tom

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/13

Thin but in
tomdadom - 2nd - 23/Mar/13 with Jen Roberts, Chris Densham

clams - AltLd - Mar/13 with James

ffdalton - AltLd O/S - Mar/13 with Dean Dalton

Hidden - Lead rpt - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

very thin lower down! just climbable! top pitch fully in and awsome! great day out!
Charlie Zephyr Booth - AltLd - 2012

felt harder than 3
spoony84 - AltLd - 2011

Hidden - 2011

tjmillen - Solo - 26/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Dec/10

Cracking climb. Chockstone pitch was pretty thin so bailed around the edge. The other pitches were great.
Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 23/Dec/10 with Dom, Andy Blackett

Fantastic climb all the way, with fat, gorgeously plastic ice on the top pitch. Otherwise quite lean though. Lead the easier P4 only.
Ly-Cilph - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Phil L (PCC)

Led 1st and last pitches. Dave did 2nd and 3rd. Not in top nick so more like grade 4/5.
Adi Hooper - AltLd - 02/Dec/10 with Dave Rogers

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/10

Great stuff. Shame all the pretty icicles on the last pitch have been hacked off by passing climbers!
Simon Caldwell - Lead - 14/Jan/10 with Carmen

wilkie14c - Lead O/S - 11/Jan/10 with Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson23 - 2nd O/S - 11/Jan/10 with Paul blanchard

nakedave - AltLd - 10/Jan/10 with adam noble

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jan/10

Spence22 - AltLd - Jan/10 with Ed

Hidden - Solo - 2010

ashpreston - 2010

Hidden - 28/Dec/09

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Feb/09

Walked up to the crag to see what we would find. Found the climb in excellant condition with plenty of water ice in the chimney sections, thin in places but both finished the day with very big grins!!
Mountain Llama - AltLd - 10/Feb/09 with Alan

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/09

Led top pitch, Simon P1, Matt P2
Gustav - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/09 with Matt G and Simon

Mean, lean with a thought provoking sting in the tail. Ice/verglass predominately on right side of gully requiring a delicate approach. Well formed bomber turf. Nifty moves and techniques to finish the final pitch up the right wall. May be a little more than a III/IV in lean conditions!!
manmike - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with Jason

jason - AltLd - Jan/09 with manmike

Tenko - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/06 with Dave Allen

charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 29/Feb/04 with Ian _Haigh, Andy Tallent

Smith42 - Dec/95 with Lenny

biggianthead - 20/Feb/86 with Malcolm

A night time ascent after work.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/86 with Andrew Atkinson

Hammy - Lead - 05/Feb/86 with Pete Smith

Martin Haworth - Solo - Feb/86

Richard Weller - Jan/85 with Andy Collins

Hidden - AltLd rpt - Mar/83

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Feb/83

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Feb/82 with Frank Wilkinson

biggianthead - Jan/82 with M

in good nick
uphillnow - Lead - 13/Dec/81 with Andy Bennett

Andy Hyslop - 31/Jan/76 with Ed Cleasby

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
OllieF, gavinpeach, Stuart Hurworth, Col Kingshott, Puma, prycey, sarah hawker, iksander, The Mountain Goat, Will Smith

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