Monday, 22 January 2007

Just been up the Crinkles and Bowfell:
Climbed two new routes in the E most corrie of the crinkles marked as Great Cove on the map,
1:GR 252 047: Curving Ridge III 4, Climb the obvious curving ridge line over steps and slabby orners . 150m

The base of this route is approx 700m and it is NW facing some icing on the rocks snow consolidating and turf frozen. Some well burried turf no frozen but that's normal

2: GR251 049: Crinkle Picker IV 4 (with a move of 5), climb the arete of the buttress on the right hand side of the gully to the right of Terrace Crag. after a saddle at the top of the first ridge section make a couple of steep moves through a corner before continuing up the buttress. 150m

This route faces more North East and had, had some sun the turf was much better on this line as there wasn't as much snow.

After these routes I went over to Bowfell Buttress and did Plaque route and Rib and Groove, It was much colder being exposed to quite a strong Northerly, the turf was well frozen and quite a bit of useable ice up the slabs on plaque route and in the groove of rib and groove. Gable still in the cloud today and it could well be hoared up, the easier buttress routes will definately be OK. Window Gully on Great End could have ice in it as there is a surprising amount of water ice about.

Thank God for lunch hours. (pictures to follow)

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