Point Five Gully. Do I even need to introduce this climb?
The most famous ice climb in the UK and a contender for the most sought after tick in British winter climbing. The route, a classic grade V ice gully, is absolutely superb and in this video by Alan Kimber, we get to experience it from the comfort of our computers.
The route is supremely popular and has 243 ticks in the UKC logbooks.
The most recent logbook update sums up the route well:
Truly awesome! I've been waiting a while to do Point Five, and was worried it had been over-hyped, pleased to find this wasn't the case. Suprisingly easy climbing in current state, I'd say it is V,4 at the moment, moves on Taxus (Icicle Finish IV,4) were harder last weekend. The Rogue pitch wasn't very rogue, the crux seemed to be a short bulge on P1, protectable and easy to blast through. Very straight forward climbing overall due to nice snow ice, lack of water ice means pro is sparse though. Couple of pieces per pitch on average. No belays on the last 150m, but happily moved togeather, cornice sufficiently hacked! Started at 0800, topped out at 1200 above a cloud inversion, absolutely stunning.
Merlin - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11 with Mark Patterson
I think Merlin said it all!
mark88 - AltLd - 28/Jan/11 with Merlin Andrew
VIDEO: Point Five Gully, Video Guide