Lake District Winter Climbs
Snow, ice and mixed climbs in the English Lake District
Essential guidebook to the best winter climbing routes in the Lake District. All the known routes in every part of the Lakes are described. From classic high-mountain gullies and buttresses on crags such as Scafell, Pillar and Great Gable to frozen watercourses and icefalls including Great Gully on the Wasdale screes.
SeasonsOctober to April, but climbs unlikely to be in condition before January.
CentresLangdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, northern and eastern fells
DifficultyWinter climbing skills required.
Must SeeHelvellyn coves, Great End, Scafell, Newland's Hause, Low Water Beck, Cautley Spout
- Lake District Winter Climbs is a joint production by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and Cicerone Press. It is the definitive guide to winter climbing in the Lake District; every known winter climb from every part of the Lake District is described - nearly 1000 routes in all, illustrated on detailed colour photo-topos. These range from classic high-mountain gullies and buttresses on crags such as Scafell, Pillar, and Great Gable to frozen watercourses and icefalls including Great Gully on the Wasdale Screes, Launchy Gill, Low Water Beck and Cautley Spout. And, of course, popular venues like Great End and the Eastern Coves of the Helvellyn Escarpment are described in detail. Included too are several routes in outlying Cumbria. There are also sections on winter equipment, winter climbing and conservation, climbing walls, accommodation, and a first ascent list that includes masses of interesting historical research.
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Brian Davison has been winter climbing for some 30 years and has notched up an impressive list of first ascents in Scotland, Wales and the English Lake District, as well as having climbed all over the world. He lives in Lancaster with his family and is a researcher at Lancaster University.View author profile
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