Rockfax Description
An excellent alternative after the first chimney is to trend left to the foot of steep icefall which can be climbed in a pitch to easier ground. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Winter Aspirations, Lake District Winter Ghylls.

team fat belly 14/Dec/17 Solo

The ice is in reasonable condition and there is some decent mixed turfy climbing to be had above the main pitch.

with Max
Hidden 11/Dec/17 Lead
Tony Jones 11/Dec/17 2nd
with Pete
dakidunn 05/Feb/15 AltLd
Pete Rigby 03/Feb/15 Lead O/S
with Joe Rigby, Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 03/Feb/15 2nd
gingerking ?/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with Dave, Sorin
steely 21/Jan/15 -

good day out on the ice. hollow, and a bit wet at times but otherwise in reasonable nick.

with luke armitage
Rog Wilko 04/Apr/13 Lead

Melting at bottom of Birkett's G but solid plastic ice here.

Danny Crump 04/Apr/13 Lead
with John Andrews
Ann S 02/Apr/13 2nd

In very good nick.

with Foggy
John Roe 31/Mar/13 Lead
with Thom Dobson (Leeming)
joe.91 29/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Great day out, hit the car park by 7am and was at the base by 8:10am. First pitch in great nick and the icefall was superb, felt much easier then Raven Crag Gully earlier in the week.

Hidden 29/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 03/Mar/13 AltLd rpt
Hidden 03/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden ?/Mar/13 Lead O/S
Elastic Jones 25/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Molly
Oli Greg 25/Feb/13 AltLd

Lower falls were quite thin and rotting. Top pitch was superb

with John J
Hidden ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 23/Jan/13 AltLd
peter.ravenscroft27 20/Jan/13 AltLd
efrance24234 20/Jan/13 Lead O/S

some good ice but also abit wet.. as below really

Hidden 20/Jan/13 AltLd
Hidden 20/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
philipstead 20/Jan/13 Lead O/S

A wet start as water was rushing out of the ice in places but this improved higher up. Good amount of ice to place up to 16cm screws, wouldn't bother with any longer.

Olli-C 19/Jan/13 Lead O/S

Scrambled up to base, lower pitches not formed properly. The main corner of the gill was looking thin. The fall itself was good ice. Soloed the upper pitches which were mostly good, a few bits with water running behind and some patches of aerated/rotten ice.

David Kay 19/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

Lead the pitch leading up to the icefall then soloed the rest of the steps after it to the top.

Moritz L 19/Jan/13 2nd

missed out first pitch, dave lead 2nd, olli the sheet of ice. quite soft and wet at places. soloed to the top to strong gusts

RM199 12/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Feb/12 AltLd
tmawer 05/Feb/12 2nd O/S
with Jaime Robertson
joe_lancs 02/Feb/12 AltLd

Thursday night excursion. Started 30m to left (up turfy ramp with awkward step right) as little ice low down. Bypassed a few sections before joining the gill proper. Icefall pitch was moist with water running behind in some places, but generally good. Upper easy steps in good condition

Hidden 02/Feb/12 2nd
Ste_b1978 ?/Feb/12 2nd
bigglesbutcha 09/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Ice a bit rotten in places, and gear difficult as a result in places, but good fun. Deepish snow to wade through

with Swifty
steven 09/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with Tim Butcher
Hidden 23/Dec/10 Lead
Hidden 20/Dec/10 2nd O/S
nickmattia 20/Dec/10 2nd O/S

First time ice climbing. Brilliant.

with bartshaw, bullwinkle
Hidden 19/Dec/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 18/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Ken Taylor 12/Dec/10 2nd O/S
with Conan Harrod
Petarghh 07/Dec/10 Lead O/S
Jack Loftus 07/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Dec/10 Lead
jimorothy 05/Dec/10 Lead

Fat ice, but spot of plating under ice screws high up. Cracking

with Rachel Crolla
a13x 05/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

Followed Blea Water Gill till we joined this route.

Skinny Kin 02/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Loads of people mid week. It felt like Stanage in winter! Pretty cold in Shap (-7c, -9c in the morning). Snow chains definitely helped to get back out of Haweswater road.

johniebriggs ?/Dec/10 AltLd

wandered around

with Kat M
Hidden ?/Dec/10 2nd
Hidden ?/Dec/10 AltLd
chrisclimber_1986 20/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with alkis
Alkis 20/Mar/10 2nd O/S
crowberry gully 06/Mar/10 AltLd
with Ross McGibbon
Rog Wilko 04/Mar/10 Lead
with Steve Wray
Hidden 04/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 10/Jan/10 AltLd
shaun walby 03/Jan/10 AltLd
Martin Haworth 03/Jan/10 AltLd
Hidden 03/Jan/10 -
Andrew Sloan 03/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
J1PEF ?/Jan/10 AltLd
Roch 31/Dec/09 2nd


with MRT
ffdalton 30/Dec/09 2nd O/S

High levels of snow with fairly good ice followed by 50-60 mile an hour winds on topping out. 30 mins into top out a complete white out arrived, walking down inn darkness and snow blizzard. All in all a great day out.

ROBBIEB ?/Feb/09 Lead
twoplates ?/Feb/09 2nd O/S
with Robbie
Jim Haydock 07/Jan/09 AltLd

Yhawing fast. Bottom pitch very thin and running but upper pitches on good ice.

with Fred'
climbing_wiggy ?/Jan/08 AltLd O/S
with JC
Hidden ?/Mar/06 AltLd
John Pickles ?/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/06 AltLd
John Kettle ??/2006 Lead
Wayne S ??/2005 2nd
tubby two ??/2005 AltLd
with Softie P
John Kettle ??/2005 Lead
ashpreston ??/2005 -
Hidden 11/Jan/03 AltLd rpt
Hidden ?/Jan/02 AltLd rpt
Hidden ?/Jan/01 Lead O/S
FATBOYFAT ??/1996 -
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