Ice & winter climbing: Window Gully, Great End

 

Today we headed to Great End, planning on climbing the classic Cold Climbs grade IV Left Hand Groove. Unfortunately this, and most of the rest of the crag had suffered a fair at the hands of the thaw, so we climbed Window Gully at III with the steep right hand icefall finish. Central Gully is fairly bare and full of sugary snow, but Left Branch is still in good condition.

Lower down on Window Gully ice is not well bonded to the rock, but higher up it’s solid and giving good climbing. We descended Custs Gully, which was fine higher up but made up of soft, deep, unhelpful slush lower down. A great day on the fells.

10959259 769490139808711 5946240242507811232 o 608x485 Ice & winter climbing: Window Gully, Great End

Topping out on Window Gully (III)

 

10974346 769490146475377 8548824807624987957 o 608x456 Ice & winter climbing: Window Gully, Great End

Great End

 

10991248 769490149808710 5302045686200842025 n 456x608 Ice & winter climbing: Window Gully, Great End

The Custs Gully (I) descent

 

11001860 769490143142044 3991629375426929023 n 456x608 Ice & winter climbing: Window Gully, Great End

Belay rigging

This entry was posted in guided days, winter climbing, winter mountaineering. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.