Inaccessible Gully

Monday, 9th February 2015 by
Inaccessible GullyLast week the Lakes were like an Alpine Playground with endless sub-zero temperatures and clear skies. Could these be the conditions needed to make an ascent of Inaccessible Gully on Dove Crag?

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Snowy Lakes

Sunday, 1st February 2015 by
We had our lunch in the cross-shelter near the summit of HelvellynYesterday we went for a bumble up to Stickle Tarn to see what the winter conditions were like. It was very windy. But there were plenty of people out, including a team on Jack’s Rake. We weren’t wearing winter boots, and didn’t have axes or crampons with us, so we stuck to the trails. Today, […]

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Who needs a compass?

Saturday, 24th January 2015 by
Steve near the top of Great End - the cloud was thickening in to a white-out, it had been blue skies when we arrived at the base of the cragSteve and I had a great day on an easy winter route on Great End today.

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grottoIce climbing Grotto Falls with Canmore friends, Doug Nelson, Everett Fee and Terry Kenny (UK). Throughout the year this spectacular grotto is visited by many for the pictographs and for the unique topography. I had the good fortune to climb with these three seasoned ice climbers during mid January in ideal conditions.

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dar1It is exactly seven years to this very weekend that Terry, Pete and Tish stood under the Cascade du Dar in fresh falling snow.

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Worth a punt?

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 by
The steep middle pitchThere’s a lot of guesswork involved in Scottish winter climbing. Making decisions about where to go, and whether conditions will be amenable to climbing. It’s been even more of a gamble this year, with a lot of stormy, wet and much milder conditions than we’ve been used to in recent years.

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A Quick Ice Fix in Cogne

Sunday, 29th December 2013 by
Laetitia at the top of Lillaz Gully's first pitchWe took a little time out of Chamonix and headed over (or should I say under) the border to Cogne for some ice climbing.

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Pete on the approach up Observatory GullyWe’ve just had three fantastic winter days in Scotland. Blue sky, hardly any wind, and lots and lots of ice.

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