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Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges.

JudithE 09/Mar -

Scales - Sharp Edge - Scales Fell - Scales. 4.5 hours due to lack of fitness, atrocious conditions and this being the first hill trip since early October. Strong crosswinds, intense cold and thin soft snow low down made for an exciting climb. Part unroped, part pitched and part moving together. Other parts were worse than the bad step. Near white out on the summit. Saw only 6 other people all day, and only one other on the ridge.

with Ranger
Hidden 06/Mar Solo
Hidden 06/Mar Solo
Pete Barker 27/Feb Solo
with Mike, Lizzie
cas smerdon 27/Feb Solo
with Mark S
SteveM 21/Feb Solo

Soggy rock and soft snow with low vis. Memorable day out :-)

OllieF 18/Feb Solo

Lovely alpine conditions, grand afternoon!

with Martin
Hidden 18/Feb Solo
John Nuttall 15/Feb Solo
IainMay 14/Feb Solo O/S
with Timothy May
John Eley 14/Feb Solo
Rotorslap 14/Feb Solo O/S

Soft snow. Little ice. Snow was rapidly melting...although the people looking to ascend afterwards wasn't dwindling.

matt_batchelor 14/Feb -
Robbie Blease 13/Feb Solo β
with Steve, John
Hidden 13/Feb Solo
wildbill 12/Feb Solo rpt

After work in the dark. The edge was fairly stepped out. It looks like it's seen a lot of traffic. Conditions were OK. A bit on wind when on the edge and in the cloud when I got to the summit of Blencathra. Ran some of the way back down.

Simnel 11/Feb Solo
UKscrambler ?/Feb Solo
David Cowley 27/Jan Solo
RM199 23/Jan Lead O/S

With dad. Very soggy

Robin Woodward 21/Jan Solo O/S

Nice route, didn't notice the 'bad step'. Great conditions (for once).

with Ollie, Jenny Dart
Hidden 20/Jan Solo
Hidden 17/Jan Solo O/S
stouffer 17/Jan Solo
scottidog 17/Jan Solo

With P & P

peachos 17/Jan Solo

Lots of powder, little ice. Difficult nav off in whiteout. With Scotty & Paulina

lithos 17/Jan Solo

fun day out, mike entertaining us with his skis. Edge was very easy, scramble up rocks a bit trickier but ok. V poor vis on top so did some excellent nav practice and teaching, Epic bum slide back down final slope.

with Peri, Mike Shaw, karl c
Hidden 17/Jan Solo rpt
danceswithcats 17/Jan Solo

Wind gust to 35 ish. Covered in soft loose snow.

pebbles 17/Jan Solo
with rob
ali macphee 16/Jan Solo O/S
with Hilary
Alpenglow 16/Jan Solo
with Adam M
crowberry gully 16/Jan Solo

Glorious weather with deep fresh snow

with Ross McGibbon
Alex Riley 16/Jan Solo rpt
Russell Lovett 16/Jan Solo
with alone
Tim Rodgers 15/Jan Solo
pete_naylor 15/Jan Solo O/S
petegunn 14/Jan Solo

Glorious sunny day with superb views of a snow covered lake district.

with Davina
Hidden 14/Jan Solo
Hidden 11/Jan Solo
petegunn 10/Jan Solo

Set off about 7.45pm, lovely stary night. Clouded over on the summit with low vis in snow showers. Hard neve on the summit.

Hidden 01/Jan Solo
Gareth-Evans ?/Jan Solo
D.botts87 ??/2016 -
Elastic Jones 21/Nov/15 Solo rpt
Kassius 20/Feb/15 Solo O/S
madguernseyboy 08/Feb/15 -
with Russell, Martin Lennon
martin one 08/Feb/15 -
OllieF 02/Feb/15 Solo

If it weren't for the accumulations from the second half of the ridge onwards, would have been in summer condition!

with Emma W
Hidden 02/Feb/15 Solo O/S
Luke Jones 31/Jan/15 -
with Graham
tomowen13 31/Jan/15 Solo
Little B 31/Jan/15 Solo rpt
Wesley Orvis 24/Jan/15 Solo
Mr Fuller 18/Jan/15 Solo
with Rich Pooley
Pohil 10/Jan/15 Solo O/S
a13x 29/Dec/14 Solo O/S

Some snow and ice but mostly avoidable on main part of ridge. More consolidated where it steepens towards summit.

with John Phethean, Jordan Phethean, Dan Robinson
Hidden 28/Dec/14 Lead
bullwinkle 28/Dec/14 Solo rpt
mrphilipoldham 24/Dec/14 Solo O/S
crowberry gully 13/Dec/14 Solo

Fine conditions, well frozen with new, blown snow covering everything

Andrew Cotter 13/Dec/14 Solo

Fairly hard day, strong winds and snow

Elastic Jones 08/Dec/14 Solo rpt
spadge 01/Dec/14 Solo
with James Kelly
jimbobted ?/Dec/14 Solo
hamishjfk 26/Mar/14 Solo O/S

Route today had small patches of wet snow

with Stephen spencer
bonebag 26/Mar/14 Solo

Little snow left. Did manage to climb up some wet snow just right of top slabs.

with George Hill
stratandrew 02/Mar/14 Solo

Glad to have microspikes on. completed 9.30am then the weather rolled in. Whiteout on the summit and rain.

tom_holdsworth 01/Mar/14 Solo

Following camping at Scales Tarn

Hidden 22/Feb/14 Solo
Hidden 22/Feb/14 Solo
petegunn 21/Feb/14 Solo
Pete Pozman 16/Feb/14 Solo O/S

Came up an incipient gully from the tarn, but not cold enough. The ridge was ok. Brilliant hard snow on top.

Howard J 16/Feb/14 Solo

Good snow, good fun, didn't need to rope up.

with Adam Gough, Fiona Leach, Martin Euston
Hidden 16/Feb/14 Solo
nich0las 02/Feb/14 Solo
with Catriona C
petegunn 02/Feb/14 -
with Tom, Davina
Hidden 02/Feb/14 Solo
Two Cams Tom 02/Feb/14 -
Seymore Butt ?/Feb/14 -
hamishjfk 29/Jan/14 Solo O/S

Unconsolodated snow wet rock fog from the tarn upwards to blencathra summit

Hidden 23/Jan/14 -
petegunn 23/Jan/14 -
with Davina
dakidunn 11/Jan/14 -
Hidden 29/Dec/13 Solo
Jack00 22/Dec/13 Solo O/S
with Edd Carrigan
Ed carrigan 22/Dec/13 -
OllieF 10/Nov/13 Solo

Set off thinking there would be no more than a small dusting of snow - Very glad I brought my crampons, Ice and Neve galore.

with Ben
JasonV 10/Nov/13 Solo
davidjm 03/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Apr/13 Solo
Hidden 01/Apr/13 -
Steve Palmer 28/Mar/13 Solo O/S

lots of unconsolidated wind driven snow. A bit of digging out needed. 2ft drifts on Scales Fell.

with Matt W
crowberry gully 21/Mar/13 Solo

Buried, little rock visible, in places was an elegant snow arete. Rough winds and spindrift. Excellent

Danny Crump 26/Feb/13 Solo
bullybones 22/Feb/13 Solo
BenRyle 12/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Faz, Charlottte
CharlotteMilner 12/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with BenRyle
team fat belly 10/Feb/13 Solo

Steady climbing as long as you don't get off line on the top slaby section. Turf and snow consolidated and in reasonable nick.

with Ruth, Beth
Jon Sutterby 02/Feb/13 Solo O/S

Not in full winter conditions, but ice axe and crampons required.

Hidden ?/Feb/13 -
Hidden 25/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Samuel Wainwright 22/Jan/13 Solo O/S
adamwesthead 18/Jan/13 Lead O/S

Not very winter apart from the cold wind. Most of the snow blown off. No ice. Crampons still helped though.

with Forshaw
Hidden 13/Jan/13 Solo O/S
drmossy 13/Jan/13 Solo O/S

Fresh snow on route, leaving rocks slippy underneath, but some snow consolidated in cracks and grooves made good holds for crampons (which were essential) to dig into. Below zero down to -5 on the ridge. Windy but protected on north side of the ridge. Hard work, tricky in places.

Hidden 13/Jan/13 -
gnospellius ??/2013 -
Ady Gray ??/2013 -
Ed carrigan ??/2013 Solo
johnrich 13/Dec/12 AltLd
maria85 09/Dec/12 Solo
with Sarah, Jules
Goose4 08/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Elastic Jones 02/Dec/12 Solo rpt
lcullum7 01/Dec/12 Solo O/S
with Henry Sleath, Ben Crofts, Ed Cromwell, Ky Aizawa
lithos 01/Dec/12 -
with julie
kyaizawa 01/Dec/12 Solo rpt
ecromwell 01/Dec/12 Solo
Elastic Jones 22/Nov/12 Solo O/S
CyberTaff 04/Nov/12 Solo

Fantastic. Enough said!!

with Mathew
Hidden ?/Nov/12 Solo
droberts 17/Feb/12 Solo
victim of mathematics 06/Feb/12 Solo O/S

In perfect conditions.

HarryB 04/Feb/12 -

Icicles in my hair and my eye lids froze shut! Awesome day!

with Al
steveq 03/Feb/12 -
Dan0Me 02/Feb/12 Solo
JackM92 ?/Feb/12 Solo

First experience of any mixed scrambling, a short but enjoyable route. The ascent up to the ridge can be through very deep and soft snow and is hard going.

sjbrook 29/Jan/12 Solo O/S
with Dave Richards, PMC
Dave Richards 29/Jan/12 -
with sjbrook
Gav Parker 28/Jan/12 Solo dnf

Turned round lots of loose uncolisidated snow....

Stephen_L 28/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with John Walden
Keith Lambley 28/Jan/12 Solo
Wesley Orvis 10/Jan/12 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
kjb ??/2012 -
Double Knee Bar 18/Dec/11 Solo

Fantastic outing

with Colin
trivett 17/Dec/11 Solo

Excellent day on the hill! No ice but lots of snow!

with Steve ward
no_more_scotch_eggs 17/Dec/11 Lead
with iain
Dan_Staff 17/Dec/11 Solo
becoming-stranger 17/Dec/11 -
r_o_b_h2 06/Dec/11 Solo

Plenty of powder snow and spindrift, first winter route of the season whoooooop

Hidden 03/Dec/11 Lead
jon_ridley ?/Dec/11 -
robbiek ?/Dec/11 -
PeteMc ?/Dec/11 -
d80f0u 27/Feb/11 -

Not really winter conditions, bit blowy.

with Kath
Mayaculpa 27/Feb/11 -

Icy on ridge, light flurries of snow

with Stewart Webb
tk1991 17/Feb/11 Solo
with Tom Woolley
Hidden 16/Feb/11 Solo O/S
ali newman ukc 16/Feb/11 Solo
mfisher 16/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Feb/11 Solo rpt
Iain Thow 08/Feb/11 Solo
aimees ?/Feb/11 Solo
Hidden ?/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/11 Solo
Hidden 30/Jan/11 Solo dnf
Peter Metcalfe 09/Jan/11 -

Some of the best winter conditions this season.

with Cath Sullivan, Foggy
Patrick803 07/Jan/11 Solo
with Fraz
Jayzen ?/Jan/11 -

Wind and rain, snow had melted but icy.

with Paul Hardy
JamesM ??/2011 -
The Mountain Goat ??/2011 -
Sean Kelly ??/2011 -
richie4088 ??/2011 -
Hidden 28/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Dec/10 Solo
Adi Hooper 20/Dec/10 Solo
Gerlach 19/Dec/10 -
Sam Simpson 18/Dec/10 Solo O/S
rnotman67 09/Dec/10 Solo

Climbed with m-watson. Foggy and very windy on summit

ritid 08/Dec/10 Solo O/S
ilona torstensson 08/Dec/10 Solo
HansUDes 05/Dec/10 Solo O/S

after climbing Thompson's Route on the Ben yesterday with Spike, this was a good "finish" to the weekend - Blencathra in brilliant winter sunshine!

Nigel Bond 05/Dec/10 Solo
with Clitheroe Mountaineering Club, Bern Hardman
olekemi 04/Dec/10 Solo O/S
with Andrew T
adamjc13 ?/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Nice and cold, canny little ridge.

R_Blackburn ?/Dec/10 2nd
tim newton 30/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Timo Austino 21/Nov/10 Solo
with Nats
mysterion 02/Nov/10 -

Just about on snowline - hoar/verglas to start becoming ribbon of neve up runnel at end. Southside sunny and bare but avoided.

Montygoo ?/Oct/10 AltLd
frankcp87 04/Apr/10 Solo
with Ian Holbrook
Shaw Brown 02/Apr/10 Solo

Rescued 3 people who had decended to the saddle by mistake! An entertaining adventure.

with Conan
tomguyowenhall ?/Mar/10 -
Chris Harding 22/Feb/10 Solo O/S
with Paul Lester
Hidden 21/Feb/10 -
cat22 21/Feb/10 -
with Mike
Ed Throp 21/Feb/10 Solo O/S
with joe noake
Paul1 ?/Feb/10 -

Very slippy ice. Freasing wind.

Peter Holder 31/Jan/10 Solo
with Kieran Livett, Richard Lydiatt
kieranlivett 31/Jan/10 Solo O/S
FrankW 27/Jan/10 Solo rpt
with None
Hidden 24/Jan/10 -
petellis 10/Jan/10 Solo

A million mile an hour wind on the top.

jkarran 10/Jan/10 Solo

Pretty blowy, felt quite exposed

with Pete
George Bassant 10/Jan/10 -
with Pam Waud/John Ford
Hidden 10/Jan/10 Solo
Hidden 10/Jan/10 Solo
Justin Tracey 08/Jan/10 Solo

Great conditions and almost perfect weather. its easier than in the summer!

with Katy Charlesworth
Hidden 07/Jan/10 -
Hidden 06/Jan/10 -
Ben Watts 03/Jan/10 Solo
with Matt Coulburn
Adam1973 02/Jan/10 Solo rpt
Jonny M 02/Jan/10 Solo O/S
David Wynne 02/Jan/10 Solo
Petarghh ?/Jan/10 Solo
Hidden ?/Jan/10 Solo
djmarko75 ?/Jan/10 Solo
MarkDavies36 ??/2010 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
Caralynh ??/2010 Solo
lithos ??/2010 -
Somerset swede basher 31/Dec/09 Solo O/S
with Katharine
Katharine.eaton 31/Dec/09 Solo O/S
with Dom
Tubroos! 30/Dec/09 -

Blustery, cold, powdery day. Whiteout on top afterwards!

with Kate Lloyd
pebbles 28/Dec/09 -

blowing a hoolie on the ridge, faces absolutely sandpapered by blowing snow, whiteout on top. descended by leeward slopes to get out of wind, through knee deep powder, fun but hard work

with chris G, simon L
Calder 28/Dec/09 Solo O/S
with Jonah
eldre070 27/Dec/09 Solo O/S

Couldn't see a thing all the way due to low cloud. No ice just deep deep powder.

with Karl
Karlos 27/Dec/09 Solo O/S

Ridge covered in soft unconsolidated snow. Advise crampons and axe non-the-less. Near zero visibility.

Simon Caldwell 23/Dec/09 Solo

Nice - quite easy due to lots of snow, apart from a couple of exposed descents.

with Will
Will Smith 23/Dec/09 Solo O/S

In good winter nick with a path trodden into most of the ridge. One tricky move getting down off a pinnacle involving some ungraceful bum sliding.

with Simon
KevB 22/Dec/09 Solo

In descent

Hidden 21/Dec/09 Solo
JonnoP 18/Dec/09 Solo
Pompey 18/Dec/09 Solo
with JP
gripped01 ?/Dec/09 Solo rpt

Full winter conditions.

with Si Moore, Dave Tait
Adamski1986 ?/Dec/09 Solo

Was nice, stuck behind some idiots with trainers, had to cut steps into the snow towards the end to help them up.

with Paul Vickerage
AtRandom ?/Nov/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/09 -
Hidden 05/Aug/09 Solo
Daniel Sutherland 12/Jul/09 Solo O/S
Dave Wearing 05/Jul/09 -
with Sarah Little.
igneouscarl 22/Feb/09 Solo
grumsta 24/Jan/09 Solo

Fantastic winter day - lovely deep snow. First winter route.

with Emilie Secker
Hidden ?/Jan/09 -
George Ormerod ??/2009 Solo O/S
trish1968 ??/2009 -
tiga271 07/Dec/08 Solo
with mark20
mark20 07/Dec/08 Solo O/S
Richiehill 06/Dec/08 2nd O/S

First winter scramble

Hidden ?/Nov/08 Solo
MaxR 10/Sep/08 Lead O/S
devonjester 05/Jul/08 Solo O/S

Pushed to get to the top before the rain - made it but gusting 60mph winds soon bought the rain. Got very wet shorts and feet - headed back to the car and the YHA 'drying' room! Beer crawl in Keswick made it worth it!

Hidden 30/May/08 -
DerwentDiluted 09/Mar/08 Solo
with Nicola Pettit
wushu 10/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/08 Solo
Hidden 02/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/08 2nd
masa-alpin 02/Feb/08 Solo O/S

My car with normal tyres couldn't get up the road from Ambleside to Patterdale, so went there via Windermere a big detour.

with Dan W
joe king 12/Jan/08 Lead

moved together

with Rose
Rosey Posey 12/Jan/08 2nd O/S
with Paul
Hidden 29/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/Sep/07 Solo O/S
tavarua ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Sarah
Hidden ??/2007 -
ritid ??/2007 -
The Bad Cough 19/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Foxache 22/Apr/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/Feb/06 Lead O/S
dustbuddy ??/2006 Solo O/S
petegunn ??/2006 Solo
FrankW 10/Dec/05 Solo O/S
with Steve Rassmussen
Stephen Shaw 14/Apr/05 Solo
Hidden 03/Jan/04 Solo O/S
tom_holdsworth 27/Dec/03 Solo
with David Holdsworth
andy007 03/Jan/03 Solo O/S

mist on top 100m - excellent snow from 200m

with Mark Davis
Stephen Shaw 11/Mar/02 Solo
Stephen Shaw 11/Mar/02 Solo
with Ian
BigHell ?/Oct/01 Lead

One of a number of crossings this one stands out because of the very poor weather, we had to confidence rope two unknown climbers of the ridge .

with Mrs Hell
willson ?/Aug/00 Solo

Done along time ago on outward bounds

kjbix ??/1997 Solo
with Ewan Peacock
Hidden ??/1997 -
AndyP ??/1992 Solo O/S

Good day out with quite a few Ilkley College climbers. One of them lost a daschstein mitt on the top, just a second of carelessness and the wind took it away. That was a good lesson to learn on my first winter route.

with Ilkley College climbers
Martin Haworth ?/Dec/86 Solo
Tim Bateman 03/Apr/86 Solo
Richard Alderton ??/1977 -
crowberry gully 08/Feb/76 Solo
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