200m, 5 pitches.

Rockfax Description
200m. Climb the Gully bed in a couple of pitches to the amphitheatre. From the bay on the right hand side climb the short but steep ice into the upper gully good belays on left hand side. In lean conditions a mixed move may be encountered in passing the steep ice and the route will be harder. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Cold Climbs.

atthedropofahat 16/Dec/17 Lead O/S

In condition, lean but most ice was sufficient and there were a few mixed moves on the steep pitch. The turf was not frozen but the gully was banked out with a foot of snow. Small amounts of windslab and an easily avoidable cornice up top. Good belays when the time was removed.

with Sam
BlueTotem 16/Dec/17 2nd

First multi-pitch winter route - amazing climb! I led an easy pitch towards the end.

with Olli
Stamford Raffles 12/Feb/17 -

Soloed first 75m, got the rope out up to the amphitheater then backed off in two 55m abseils.

with Downie, Sam Oliver
Full moon addict 17/Mar/16 Solo

crux was bare rock and stream had started to come through lower down. great neve where snow present.

davelozman 05/Mar/16 -
Rob Moorcroft 05/Mar/16 AltLd
with Richard Ive
Hidden 29/Feb/16 Solo rpt
Dave Richards 27/Feb/16 AltLd

Crux was mixed with some loose snow so finding and hooking the rock was the way. Firmer snow on the exit of the crux helped.

with sjbrook
lcullum7 27/Feb/16 Solo rpt
with Rowan Chesmer
sjbrook 27/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

The crux felt very sketchy and insecure, hard for a II, first proper climb this season though so head not in right place, still managed it, just required a bit of thought and bottle!

Hidden 26/Feb/16 Solo
mrphilipoldham 23/Feb/16 Lead O/S


devious wally 23/Feb/16 2nd O/S
r_o_b_h2 15/Feb/16 Solo O/S

In climable condition but the step is currently a short, mixed section of maybe tech 4. Snow is still a bit sugary on top, but no perciveable avalanche risk today.

Marq 14/Feb/16 Solo dnf

Backed off from about two thirds of the way up as neve wasn't convincing enough

Hidden ??/2016 -
Hidden 02/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Mar/15 AltLd
Simon Caldwell 14/Mar/15 AltLd

A long walk in from Langdale, but we had the crag to ourselves. The snow sections were in excellent condition, nice hard neve. The ice pitches were completely free of ice which made things quite spicy! Maybe tech 3/4 in these conditions.

with Carmen
Hidden 04/Mar/15 Solo
Ste Ridd 04/Mar/15 Solo

Night solo. Crux was in Micked condition.

with Danny, M.Sadler
Hidden 25/Feb/15 AltLd
Andrew Holden 22/Feb/15 Solo
Hidden 15/Feb/15 Solo O/S
Dave Payne 08/Feb/15 Lead

Good conditions.

with Wayne H
alias dave 07/Feb/15 Lead O/S
Daniel Allen 07/Feb/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 07/Feb/15 Lead O/S
pudding 06/Feb/15 -
a13x 06/Feb/15 Solo O/S

Soloed right branch then abseiled back down and pitched the steep part on left branch. Really good conditions most of the way up, particularly near the top with bomber neve.

DavidWilby 06/Feb/15 Lead O/S

First winter lead and first winter climb for Anna.

mcglenr25 05/Feb/15 2nd
with Tom Kennedy, Tom Woolley
joe hallam 04/Feb/15 Lead O/S

in ish!

joeflan 03/Feb/15 Solo O/S
fuzzysheep01 01/Feb/15 Lead O/S
with Alan Hardie
Andrew Holden 01/Feb/15 Lead
dapperdan 01/Feb/15 2nd
Mark D 31/Jan/15 Lead O/S
with Andy Barwell, Tommy B
Hidden 24/Jan/15 -
Freshprintce ?/Jan/15 AltLd
Hidden 01/Mar/14 Solo
tumbling wizard ?/Feb/14 Solo
annastudholme ??/2014 Solo
with Mike N, John Worrall
yesbutnobutyesbut ??/2014 -
paulh.0776 13/Apr/13 Lead

Probably the very last ascent of Central Gully in 2013, soft snow all the way, stunning day on the summit.

with peter
Hidden 08/Apr/13 AltLd
Gav Parker 06/Apr/13 AltLd

Excellent day out....

Wesley Orvis 06/Apr/13 AltLd

Alpine conditions, good ice, snow a bit sugary in places and on the top out due to the sun, an amazing route with good protection all the way

Pete Pozman 05/Apr/13 2nd O/S

Three ice steps one below the amphitheatre made me give this route hard II with a touch of threeness about it. Maybe it was that I was climbing with a thirty five year old Terra. My mate thinks so."Led" penultimate pitch when difficulties were behind us.

with John Byrne
simonvm 04/Apr/13 AltLd

Good conditions

Pohil 04/Apr/13 Solo
elliptic 04/Apr/13 Solo rpt
MartinLister 04/Apr/13 Solo
MartinLister 04/Apr/13 Solo
Keith Lambley 02/Apr/13 Solo
Rasherz 01/Apr/13 AltLd
dkd ?/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Al
Joby 31/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Great conditions but very busy. soloed the first pitch and moved together for the last. Great fun.

with John Martin
quarryman 31/Mar/13 2nd

Amazing conditions - felt very alpine. Cold. Route was busy, ice was in great nick though.

with Mark W, Pete
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead
tomo100 29/Mar/13 -
Hidden 29/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Mar/13 Lead O/S
cas smerdon 29/Mar/13 2nd

Mark led. Good snow and solid ice pitch.

with Simon Thomson, Russell Bridges, Mark Bridges
matty123 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Solo apart from the ice pitch

mfisher 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Soloed all but the short ice pitch, great fun!

Hidden 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
waiting for snow 13/Mar/13 Solo O/S

Good firm snow pack with a couple of thin patches. The ice step felt very exposed for a grade II, but was good quality plastic ice. No cornice problems.

Hidden 06/Mar/13 Solo
Matt Reed 04/Mar/13 Solo
paulh.0776 04/Mar/13 Solo O/S

easier than I anticipated, didn't rope up. snow and ice in great condition,

with Nigel Black
dakidunn 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Simnel
Jimbo C 01/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Moved together as a 3. Did a variation initially up the left hand branch with a short mixed step to the right below that route's icefall to climb an easy gully and a short traverse right to re-join the right hand branch about 60m below the top.

with Chris, Gethin
Simnel 01/Mar/13 AltLd
with Mark, Alan
gethin_allen 01/Mar/13 -
stevensduk ?/Mar/13 2nd
Ste_b1978 24/Feb/13 Lead

Went left to add a little interest then traversed back right near the top

with Danny
SteveM 22/Feb/13 AltLd
with Simon Kimber
Rob Rocket 19/Feb/13 Solo
dregsy 02/Feb/13 2nd

Great long walk in from Langdale and perfect conditions for my best winter climb so far

Matt_Hardy ?/Feb/13 Lead
with James France
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead
6aPunter ??/2013 -
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Elastic Jones 11/Dec/12 Lead rpt

Guest appearance by Norburys dog...

with Jowsey lad, Suet
Harry Ellis 11/Dec/12 Lead
with Suzy Brett, Chris Cox, Martin Lyne
Jack00 09/Dec/12 Solo O/S

Very lean and melting. Soloed with walking axe and crampons. Hard.

with Graham Plant
Hidden 08/Dec/12 Solo
Hidden ?/Dec/12 Solo
jac00 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Moved together

with Tom
Hidden 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
elliptic 11/Feb/12 Solo

Up LH, down Far Left, up RH.

kyaizawa 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
lcullum7 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
tomtom89 11/Feb/12 -

Moved together. Good ice and neve all the way up.

with Jack
chris smith 10/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Petarghh 08/Feb/12 Solo
Hidden 08/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
cornishmackem ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Witsend3 ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 26/Feb/11 Solo
Olli-C 30/Jan/11 2nd
joe.91 30/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Rope solo

alidixon 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Rob
wildrover220 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
KarlH 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 1,2,3 and 5.

Anthony1 23/Jan/11 2nd
with Mark D, John L
Simnel 23/Jan/11 Lead
with Mark, Tony S
dakidunn 23/Jan/11 2nd O/S

Went up third after Tony Shorter and John Lambert who lead. 2nd winter climb. Mixed climbing over neve, ice, hard icy turf and rock. Excellent fun.

Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
smithaldo ??/2011 -
31770 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd O/S
freemanTom 29/Dec/10 AltLd

In shocking condition took off gloves and rock climbed past final chockstone in preference to partially frozen moss, should of walked away. Great fun however.

with Burncool
Mungo Shuntobox 29/Dec/10 AltLd

melting as we went up, left hand route busy with 4 lads from Crab Air, so took the right hand route.

with Peter Goble
Somerset swede basher 26/Dec/10 Lead O/S
with Katharine
Katharine.eaton 26/Dec/10 2nd O/S

Soloed 1st pitch up the gully bed then roped up for an ice pitch into the ampitheatre.

with Dom
adywarner 24/Dec/10 2nd O/S
jon59 24/Dec/10 Lead O/S

great route in top condition the mixed step added to the route.

birbeck 23/Dec/10 -
Alison2 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

'lead' the easy snow pitches...

bazpearson 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with pete stollery
Hidden 17/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/10 Lead
tk1991 15/Dec/10 Lead O/S
Amelia 15/Dec/10 2nd β

First ice climb great fun

Hidden 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
John Pickles 13/Dec/10 Solo O/S
barney800 08/Dec/10 -

A great day out. Still loads of snow and ice. Snow was soft but seemed stable, ice pitch was well formed.

Andy DB 08/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with James B
Hidden 05/Dec/10 2nd
melonmike 05/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Soloed up until the ice bit, didn't fancy it having no ice screws, tried the mixed option to the left of the ice but the huge amount of soft snow at the bottom made access difficult, route finding was equally difficult, had a couple of attempts but then went back and climbed the ice (turned out to be very pleasant)with an anchor set up at the base of the ice, unroped to the top. Interesting first winter lead/solo.

with Hannah Newcombe, Laura Evans
tobyk 01/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Practically a solo, in perfect condition, packed full of Ice and Neve snow... Superb day out! felt quite stiff for II.

with Andrew Knights
Hidden ?/Dec/10 Lead
Elastic Jones 28/Nov/10 Solo rpt
dpmUK 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S

Soloed apart from the ice step.

with SCC
Hidden 09/Mar/10 -
Tony Holdsworth 08/Mar/10 Solo rpt

Stunning weather wandered t the top of Scafell.

Peter Sowerby 21/Feb/10 2nd
with John Holden
TGreen 20/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Happy Wanderer 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Ken T
bengillies 20/Feb/10 Solo O/S
dsh 20/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Harry Thorpe 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Rosie, TGreen
Rosie Henstock 20/Feb/10 2nd O/S

Soloed all but the ice step after the amphitheatre. Very fun!

Hidden 19/Feb/10 Lead
Jan Hotar 13/Feb/10 Lead O/S
jinphotographer 13/Feb/10 AltLd
sadams 13/Feb/10 Lead
with Catherine Adams
DAL 12/Feb/10 Solo O/S
tomhull 08/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Bobby Gilbert 07/Feb/10 Solo O/S

Down climbed as descent route

with Robin Beadle
chrisclimber_1986 06/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Chris Nawrat
Hidden 05/Feb/10 Solo
Zoomer 04/Feb/10 Solo

Lovely steady climbing (II-ish)till the steep ice. Tried the mixed rock to the left but bottled it before going direct on the ice. Bit twitchy without gear.

Hidden ?/Feb/10 Lead
Tarquin ?/Feb/10 -
DaveAtkinson ?/Feb/10 Solo
Simon Baker ?/Feb/10 Solo O/S
d80f0u 31/Jan/10 Solo

Needed a couple of tries at the steep ice immediately after the Amphitheatre, got there in the end without bottling out!

Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
georgenvk 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Jan/10 2nd
Petarghh 29/Jan/10 AltLd

lead ice pitch

Hidden 29/Jan/10 Solo O/S
Simnel 29/Jan/10 Lead


with pete m, crazyscotsman55
Jack Loftus 29/Jan/10 -
John Kettle 26/Jan/10 -
Hidden 26/Jan/10 Solo
KevB 23/Jan/10 Lead
R_W_M 23/Jan/10 2nd
with Laurence, Gareth
Hidden 06/Jan/10 Solo
jl 03/Jan/10 Solo O/S
with Brad
nmoysey ?/Jan/10 -
with Andrew Stark
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
sausage 30/Dec/09 Solo O/S
tjmillen 29/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with simon hall
Karlos 22/Feb/09 -

Climbed in rapidly thawing conditions.

with Tom, Simon
Richiehill 14/Feb/09 2nd O/S

One axe, First Grade 2 Winter Route

Hidden 12/Feb/09 AltLd
Joe Miller 08/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with Josef Frank
Hidden 08/Feb/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/09 Solo
Hidden ?/Feb/09 2nd
Simnel ?/Feb/09 AltLd
with pete m, Paul Young
Simnel ?/Feb/09 Lead


with pete m, crazyscotsman55
gripped01 ?/Feb/09 Solo
with Rob Patchett
munki1971 31/Jan/09 Solo O/S

Crux was in very lean condition

Hidden 28/Jan/09 Lead
blackcat 08/Dec/08 Solo

Soloed this in good conditions if not a little lean,but had problems at the rocks half way up.I had to climb rocks on left and traverse right to get back into the main gully.felt desperate for me,but was elated to get to the top.

jimorothy 07/Dec/08 AltLd

Reasonable conditions, but turf beneath snow and ice mushy seaweed - warthog not placed. Easy beginning, easy end. Steep ice/rock bit tricky with rucksack (felt like the climb was trying to eat me). Fun fun fun in the lakes!

with Scott Barnett
mark20 06/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

Powdery snow to amphitheatre, then I took a short fall on icefall, so Dad led it instead. Icefall was quite thin. Snow above was better. First grade II, great day.

tiga271 06/Dec/08 AltLd
with mark20
Hidden 29/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
star8ug 12/Jan/08 Lead O/S

Very lean low down made for mixed moves. Ampitheatre and above in reasonable condition. Crackin day out

with Brother
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
lithos 22/Mar/06 Solo
Simon Caldwell 22/Mar/06 Solo
with Rob and Carmen
Hidden 20/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/06 Solo
Whitt 04/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
with Tom
Hidden 01/Mar/06 2nd
Hidden 01/Mar/06 Lead
Hidden 01/Feb/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/06 Lead
nakedave ??/2006 Solo
Hidden 02/Mar/05 AltLd rpt
Hidden 27/Feb/05 AltLd O/S
masa-alpin 26/Feb/05 AltLd dnf

Retreated by abseil after 100 metres as we were too slow. We should have brought more than 2 screws, too. With also Edd L.

with Rich Sid [ULMC], Jonathan M
The Mountain Goat ?/Jan/05 2nd dnf
Elastic Jones 18/Feb/03 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/03 Lead
Fatherof2 01/Jan/02 Solo

Early morning all alone best way to spend new years day

Hidden ??/2002 AltLd
ashpreston ??/2002 -
davetigger 26/Dec/01 AltLd O/S
Gman ?/Dec/01 Solo O/S
adamwesthead ?/Jan/01 Solo O/S

Soloed in 17mins. Raced Nick up this and beat him although he claims its because he stopped for a pee!

with Hoult
Phill_ Thompson ?/Feb/00 AltLd
with Matt Newman, Lucy Prins
Howard J 17/Jan/00 AltLd O/S
Andy Chadwick ??/2000 AltLd O/S
biggianthead 20/Dec/99 Solo
Hidden ?/May/99 -
nickdonohue 01/Feb/98 Solo

Did left branch (? III)

Hammy 16/Feb/97 AltLd
with Ian Barker
Hidden 27/Dec/96 Solo
icescrew 28/Feb/96 Solo

A bad day, cornice gave way just prior to exit sweeping me back down the gully. Airlifted off due to injuries. Lucky to be alive...

Hidden ?/Jan/96 AltLd O/S
icescrew ?/Jan/96 Solo

Cornice collapsed swept down gully!

Neil Conway ?/Dec/95 AltLd O/S
FATBOYFAT ??/1995 -
njongml 18/Dec/94 AltLd O/S
John Brayshaw 09/Feb/94 AltLd O/S
with Paul Hannon, Chris
mike fenwick ?/Feb/93 Lead
with Jim Bloor
craig h ?/Feb/91 Solo O/S
Martin Haworth ?/Feb/91 Solo
Mick King 27/Jan/91 Solo
Ratfeeder 17/Jan/91 Solo rpt

Slightly lean, the ice pitch was vertical water-ice.

malc 15/Dec/90 2nd O/S
with DB
Hidden ?/Aug/90 -
Hidden ?/Aug/90 -
Mick King 04/Mar/90 Lead
with Mark Lester
stuart58 12/Apr/89 Solo
Steve Crowe 22/Feb/87 Solo
Bob 23/Nov/85 Solo O/S
biggianthead 25/Mar/85 Solo
with x, Malcolm, G
Hidden 27/Dec/84 Lead
Neil McA 21/Mar/84 Solo O/S
John Marsland 29/Jan/84 Solo
biggianthead 18/Jan/84 -
biggianthead 20/Jan/83 -
Mark Kemball 02/Jan/83 Solo
with Richard Alexander
biggianthead ?/Jan/82 -
with M
Tim Sparrow 01/Jan/81 -
with Ian Owen
Hammy 11/Dec/80 AltLd
with Pete Smith
Hidden 15/Feb/80 Solo
Nigel Coe 11/Feb/78 Lead
with Jackie Coe
uphillnow ??/1978 Solo
Nigel Bond 02/Jan/77 AltLd
with Tony Cuddy
Hidden 02/Jan/77 AltLd
Hidden 11/Dec/76 Solo
Derek Ryden ?/Dec/76 AltLd O/S
with Glynne Andrew
Paul Clarke ??/1976 AltLd
with FMC
Hidden 24/Dec/73 AltLd O/S
pneame 10/Feb/73 -


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