Rockfax Description
180m. From the obvious bay with the slab on its left hand side climb the well defined rib on the right for a pitch. After this trend slightly left and go up to a groove below a corner. A number of lines are possible through this middle section as the ridge isn't so well defined. Climb the groove to what must be one of the best belays on a route in the lakes in winter. Step up left behind the belay and continue to the top. If you want to make things a bit harder step out right on the top pitch and follow exposed steps to the top at a harder grade. © Rockfax

Ticklists: The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland.

Rob_Morris1996 18/Jan AltLd O/S

Lovely route with a lot of snow, but no way near as much as other aspects which were significantly loaded. Hardly any ice about but turf well frozen. Done in 4 pitches, I led the 2nd pitch up to the bottom of the corner which leads up to the pinnacle, and then from the pinnacle up to the summit. Some great climbing especially on the last two pitches and an amazing belay at the pinnacle!

Robbie Blease 18/Jan AltLd O/S

Great route, very snowy conditions. I led the first pitch and the pitch up to the pinnacle. Best pitches were the top two.

with Rob Morris
Hidden 07/Jan Lead
scottidog 01/Dec/17 AltLd O/S
with John Brookes
Anti-faff ?/Dec/17 AltLd O/S

First winter route. Bloody brill!

with Jas Wood
mikecollins 26/Nov/17 AltLd O/S
with scott1895
Ste Ridd 26/Nov/17 AltLd
Hidden 26/Nov/17 AltLd rpt
TobyA 11/Feb/17 AltLd O/S

Superb conditions, frozen, lots of snow on ledges but also quite heavily hoar frosted. Very windy.

with BnB
joermann 10/Feb/17 AltLd
Hidden 14/Jan/17 Lead
fromsinkingships 06/Aug/16 Solo O/S

First time up Great Gable. Definitely more enjoyable than hiking up. Was a day out with a work mate, will no doubt be back soon with a climbing partner to tackle the proper stuff.

Hidden 14/Feb/16 Lead dnf
Moritz L 17/Jan/16 AltLd dnf

First 50m with a single runner. Plenty of loose snow and sliding about. Backed off.

David Kay 17/Jan/16 AltLd dnf

Poor conditions so we backed off.

dakidunn 04/Mar/15 AltLd
crowberry gully 04/Mar/15 AltLd

Thanks to Chris Smith below for a good description of this route. Its a bit of a misnomer as there is little ridge climbing, maybe it should be Pinnacle Groove, there are even 2 small chimneys on it. Good climbing on the last 2 pitches

BnB 04/Mar/15 -
Jim Haydock 04/Mar/15 AltLd
with David bell
fatboyblim 04/Mar/15 AltLd

Soloed up to where ridge steepens then two pitches to top

with will
Hidden 08/Feb/15 AltLd
chris smith 06/Feb/15 Lead O/S

Great climb when we finally found it, ended up doing a whole different, shorter and crappier ridge of to the left. The FRCC image if gable crag in the logbook is pants and the description is rubbish too. I will try and describe it bette here so people don't make the same mistake we did. To find the route head to the lowest part of the crag which is a buttress and looks like the start of the route (not shown on the guide book photo), there is a large bay to the right leading up to a gully. From here look about 70m right and you will see a large slab with a small gully/groove to the right of it. To the right of this you will then see the start if the ridge itself. Climb the rib on the right of the slab and gully until you come to a flat area and the first belay (thread through some boulders). Go past a stumpy pinnacle directly behind the belay and onto broken ground trending left into a wide groove / corner and easier ground above. Trend back right until you end up at a large spike, ledge and belay. From here step right and into a groove system with some trickier steps higher up and then onto a great belay with the pinnacle behind you and lots of chockstones. Stand on the chockstones and make a commiting step up and onto the ground above, head straight to the top from here.

lcullum7 01/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/15 -
Puma 18/Jan/15 AltLd

Soloed up to the start of the pinnacles, then pitched the two two sections. Good conditions, frozen turf and good hooks. A great day out.

Will Smith 18/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

Soloed as far as the big ledge about 10m below the pinnacle belay. Paul led to the pinnacle and then I led to the top. Great route with varied climbing. In these conditions, it was mainly climbing on frozen turf and the crux would be unclimbable without frozen turf. The lower half of the ridge is pretty ill defined so we wandered about a bit, picking the best looking and most frozen line.

thomaspomfrett 18/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

Done in four pitches, I lead 2 & 4 Ed lead 1 & 3. Conditions perfect

with Ed Poulter
Ed 17/Jan/15 AltLd

Great condition - solid 3

mike.moss 28/Dec/14 Solo O/S

It's a II in my guide, so I thought it'd be good for a quick solo! Great route. The crag needs more freeze-thaw for any routes with essential turf placements or damage could be done. Otherwise the mixed routes were looking very white and rimed up today.

BnB 07/Feb/14 -
crowberry gully 07/Feb/14 AltLd

Wet to start and got colder as we climbed, the top 100m were nicely frozen

with Julian
joe.91 09/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Good conditions, only very few odd patches of unfrozen turf. Scary crux with the massive drop behind you

Hidden 09/Feb/13 2nd
Hidden 19/Jan/13 2nd
Hidden 19/Jan/13 2nd
RichardThorpe 19/Jan/13 2nd O/S
Harry Ellis 15/Jan/13 Lead
s.scott ?/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
with Hannah Beresford
Hidden ??/2013 Solo O/S
Crowley6969 13/Oct/12 Lead
with Chris easthall
Hidden 05/Feb/12 AltLd
tiga271 29/Jan/12 AltLd
with mark20
mark20 29/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
The Mountain Goat 10/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 10/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
with Jon Miles
Jack Loftus 09/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
Petarghh 09/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
Ste Ridd 09/Jan/11 AltLd

Retreated off Bottleneck Blues due to conditions. Finished on last two pitches of pinnacle ridge.

markfairbank 09/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Very good route, topped out 5pm after a late start and messing around trying to find another route first. Descended in the dark (again)

with Ian Moore, Dave Brown
Mountain Llama 09/Jan/11 AltLd

The crag looked really wintery with fair amount of rime but we found out quick that the turf just had an ice crust! Enjoyed the route, although we topped out 5pm due to a late start following backing off Sledgate Ridge.

with Ian M, Mark F
Hidden 18/Dec/10 AltLd
Hidden 18/Dec/10 AltLd
jason 18/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with moose ridd, manmike
Ste Ridd 18/Dec/10 AltLd

A quality route with interest all the way. Top 2 pitches are excellent.

nia 28/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
nakedave 28/Nov/10 AltLd
Pete Graham 26/Nov/10 Solo

Back roped crux.

pebbles 09/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

good fun, very soft snow, thought chockstone pitch was harder than the top pitch.

with rob
lithos 09/Mar/10 AltLd

Crag to ourselves, bit of a wander off line on P1, but traversed back in which was intersting. Groove was great fun and top pitch (peri) was good as well. Snow soft and poor mostly - apart from top,

HimTiggins 07/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Katie
jlury 27/Feb/10 2nd
with Adam
eldre070 27/Feb/10 2nd O/S

Not in good nick, but saying that the last 2 pitches were more frozen (still no ice just better snow/turf). Me P1, Karlos the rest.

with Karl
Karlos 27/Feb/10 AltLd O/S

Great route, getting better with height. Soft snow low down, with not much gear. Conditions improved where it mattered on the chimney to the pinnacle and the pitch above.

with Mike
Adam1973 27/Feb/10 Lead rpt
martinazando 17/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Ed Luke
Adam1973 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
with John Carlin, Ann S, shaun walby
shaun walby 30/Jan/10 2nd O/S
with Adam Burt
Hidden 30/Jan/10 2nd
Ann S 30/Jan/10 2nd

Adam acting as leader to me and John Carlin and Shaun Walby.

with Adam
Hidden 29/Jan/10 -
Hidden 24/Jan/09 AltLd
Diggler 06/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with stemill
stemill 06/Dec/08 2nd O/S
with Mark
RCrockford 06/Dec/08 2nd
with Jonah
Hidden 29/Nov/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Nov/08 2nd O/S
Bobmoz ??/2002 AltLd
benjhans ??/2002 2nd O/S
with Dad
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