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Rockfax Description
In good winters the central ice pillar forms which gives a fine steep and serious pitch. Finish up the short steep icicle above the ledge. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
In good conditions the central ice pillar, with it's cascade of icicles, can produce a steep and serious pitch.

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The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), Winter Aspirations

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Hidden 4 Mar, 2018 Lead dnf
Hidden 4 Mar, 2018 2nd
phil64 4 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S Worth the walk/wait!
Worth the walk/wait!
stevelismore 3 Mar, 2018 2nd rpt Very vertical. Ice was soft and a bit manky and it was dripping on me as I climbed. Finished up a soft snowy section that wouldn't hold the axes. So a pretty impressive lead by Mick. He actually said he enjoyed it too!
with Mick Bailes
Very vertical. Ice was soft and a bit manky and it was dripping on me as I climbed. Finished up a soft snowy section that wouldn't hold the axes. So a pretty impressive lead by Mick. He actually said he enjoyed it too!
with Mick Bailes
Hidden 26 Jan, 2013 Lead O/S
stevelismore 26 Jan, 2013 2nd O/S fantastic winter conditions. Very vertical!
with Gavin PCC, Phil PCC
fantastic winter conditions. Very vertical!
with Gavin PCC, Phil PCC
Maia 26 Jan, 2013 2nd dog fell while taking out second screw but rest was alright- bit pumped at top due to crap technique- awesome intro to ice climbing!! steve, gavin, and phil from pcc also there.
with Trevor Wilson
fell while taking out second screw but rest was alright- bit pumped at top due to crap technique- awesome intro to ice climbing!! steve, gavin, and phil from pcc also there.
with Trevor Wilson
tsl42 26 Jan, 2013 2nd O/S Great.
with Liam Brown
Great.
with Liam Brown
Hidden 26 Jan, 2013 Lead
Bedford 26 Jan, 2013 2nd
with remus
with remus
adamwesthead 25 Jan, 2013 2nd O/S Nick did it all to the top in one pitch and I followed.
with Hoult
Nick did it all to the top in one pitch and I followed.
with Hoult
steveshaking 25 Jan, 2013 2nd O/S Midnight, in a blizzard, but we were not alone, with the thaw forecast it had to be done. Spectacular. But getting home at 4AM, not good. Winter seems to equal epic.
with Matthew
Midnight, in a blizzard, but we were not alone, with the thaw forecast it had to be done. Spectacular. But getting home at 4AM, not good. Winter seems to equal epic.
with Matthew
Oihularia 25 Jan, 2013 Solo Soloed all the way to the top, after having soloed the easier two other right hand routes (Downfall Climb and Central Direct). Probably easier than the normal grade because there were deep ices-axes and crampons hollows in the ice.
Soloed all the way to the top, after having soloed the easier two other right hand routes (Downfall Climb and Central Direct). Probably easier than the normal grade because there were deep ices-axes and crampons hollows in the ice.
Mr Messy 25 Jan, 2013 Lead O/S night time assalt in very poor weather
night time assalt in very poor weather
Jake Young 24 Jan, 2013 TR O/S
The Grist 23 Jan, 2013 Lead O/S Night time ascent by head torch.
Night time ascent by head torch.
Hidden 23 Jan, 2013 2nd
cmars89 19 Jan, 2013 TR
with Jake rowarth, sam duckworth
with Jake rowarth, sam duckworth
SoulTrekker ?Jun, 2012 -
Franco Cookson OLD 15 Jan, 2010 Lead O/S midnight, no harness, 1 ice screw, one pair of crampons and ice axes between us. Cool route.
with Stuart Coxson
midnight, no harness, 1 ice screw, one pair of crampons and ice axes between us. Cool route.
with Stuart Coxson
Hidden 15 Jan, 2010 2nd
steveb2006 14 Jan, 2010 AltLd Great day - do 3 routes, 2 direct ones plus the normal R hand one. Superb sunset and evening.
with Mick F
Great day - do 3 routes, 2 direct ones plus the normal R hand one. Superb sunset and evening.
with Mick F
smithaldo 14 Jan, 2010 Lead O/S great conditions, last day before it departed. After topping out there were about 8 people in the queue. Leaving work early paid dividends
with mark j
great conditions, last day before it departed. After topping out there were about 8 people in the queue. Leaving work early paid dividends
with mark j
mic_b 14 Jan, 2010 Lead O/S
masa-alpin 13 Jan, 2010 2nd β The condition was excellent after the prolonged cold spell (once in 30 years?), ice being well-formed and the temperature being just freezing (-3 degC): http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpiniste/4276530560/ The upper snowy part was dodgy with a big cornice, so we traversed to the left.
with Sirion
The condition was excellent after the prolonged cold spell (once in 30 years?), ice being well-formed and the temperature being just freezing (-3 degC): http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpiniste/4276530560/ The upper snowy part was dodgy with a big cornice, so we traversed to the left.
with Sirion
Will Smith 13 Jan, 2010 2nd O/S Worst hot aches of my life! Ice in reasonable nick but huge amount of loose snow on ledges made it a necky lead for Rob.
with lithos
Worst hot aches of my life! Ice in reasonable nick but huge amount of loose snow on ledges made it a necky lead for Rob.
with lithos
lithos 13 Jan, 2010 Lead Bottom pillar of thick ice has cruddy veneer in places, but takes good screws. Upper pillar fine , but the snow at the top had me worried, very gently dig trench up protection-less snow - phew
Bottom pillar of thick ice has cruddy veneer in places, but takes good screws. Upper pillar fine , but the snow at the top had me worried, very gently dig trench up protection-less snow - phew
Jim Slater 10 Jan, 2010 AltLd O/S Led the short wall from the big ledge as a second pitch.
with Andy Kilby, Trevor Wilson
Led the short wall from the big ledge as a second pitch.
with Andy Kilby, Trevor Wilson
Hidden 10 Jan, 2010 Lead
Somerset swede basher 9 Jan, 2010 Lead O/S
with Katharine
with Katharine
Hidden 9 Jan, 2010 Lead
Hidden 9 Jan, 2010 2nd O/S
Katharine.eaton 9 Jan, 2010 2nd O/S
with Dom
with Dom
GuyM ?Jan, 2010 2nd thick ice - arctic weather. horrible blizzard on top..
with si
thick ice - arctic weather. horrible blizzard on top..
with si
Col Kingshott 22 Dec, 2009 Lead O/S
martinbettridge06 ?Dec, 2009 2nd
Hidden ?Jan, 2006 Lead
Hidden 11 Jan, 1997 2nd
Hidden 18 Jan, 1996 Lead O/S
NeilGriffiths ??, 1995 Lead In a queque of 11. Worth the wait. Good laugh.
with Duncs
In a queque of 11. Worth the wait. Good laugh.
with Duncs
adi bryant ?Jan, 1992 2nd
with Ollie
with Ollie
David Slater ?Jan, 1985 Lead
with Leicester Uni MC
with Leicester Uni MC
Andy Chadwick ??, 1985 AltLd O/S Date approximate. Did in two pitches with ice-cave stance.
Date approximate. Did in two pitches with ice-cave stance.
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??, 1985 2nd
with Al Rouse, Phil Burke
with Al Rouse, Phil Burke
RichardMc 20 Feb, 1983 Lead
with Daphne Pritchard
with Daphne Pritchard
charlesmfrench 15 Jan, 1982 Lead dog Fell one one axe ripped but the other held as I was clipped in to it.
Fell one one axe ripped but the other held as I was clipped in to it.
Mark Kemball 13 Jan, 1982 Lead
with Sian Calow, Chris Calow
with Sian Calow, Chris Calow
AB1965 10 Jan, 1981 -
Nigel Bond 27 Jan, 1979 Lead
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
Sean Kelly ?Jan, 1979 -
with Bob Millward
with Bob Millward
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