You’ve got to grab the opportunity when it arises, so Jon and I took a day off work and headed up to Great End to enjoy some of the fantastic conditions.
We made an early start expecting the crag to be heaving, but saw only a couple of climbers all day, and a couple of walkers. We headed for the Central Gully area, and did Left Branch (3) and Right Branch with the Chimney finish (IV,5). The neve was solid, and the ice on left branch ok. The chimney finish was a good lead from Jon as it was a bit thin.
As usual, we took far too much gear with us……….. having left half in the car, half at the bottom, we still had twice too much. Why is that???
We were back at the sacks by 12.30 leaving plenty of time to head to Keswick for the first tea shop. Then it was glove shopping (again!!!) and another tea shop. All in all a good end to a perfect day!