Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Chocks away

Had a running mission to Helvellyn this afternoon. I climbed Dollywagon Gully, Dollywagon Chimney and Chock Gully. Brilliant snow ice short sections of water ice and a few chock stones to negotiate being the order of the day made more exiting by wearing running shoes with G10's tightly affixed. Some of the best conditions for this type of climbing in recent years. The fells are covered in big slabs of glissening neve from about 500m upwards, there is quite a lot of water ice building where the sun has been on the snow. The very top of the buttress to the left of Dollywagon Gully had a small amount of hoar on it.

Gullies above red tarn will be good as will Great End.

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