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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.
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The creative forces of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club and Cicerone have come together to provide the definitive guide to winter climbing in the English Lake District in a handy-pocket-sized format. Every known winter climb, from all over the National Park and beyond is explored, including over 200 new routes for this edition recorded only in the past few years. All manner of winter climbing is covered; from Snow and Ice to Mixed Climbing, Water Ice and Dry Tooling. There are routes for those who are new to the adventure of winter climbing, as well as challenging ascents for experienced climbers.
The Lake District is known all over the world as an area of outstanding beauty and tranquility. Winter climbing opens the door to a new world of snow, ice and rock. No less stunning than in the warmer months, climbing in the cold offers a challenging slant to a well-loved landscape. Ridges become gravity-defying cornices, crags are sheer with ice and snow, frothing waterfalls in gullies become static sculptures; all the more alluring because the climb is different every year.
The guide is divided into five different areas, with clear maps to find the crags and colour photo-topos to locate all the intricate routes. The routes 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. With additional sections on winter equipment, ethics and conservation, climbing walls, accommodation and a first-ascent list, Winter Climbs in the Lake District is an indispensable companion to any climber counting the days to the first snow.
The BMC have published a 36 page downloadable pdf (4.5 MB) 'The White Guide' with information on winter climbing safety and ethics in the Lake District.
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Maps and diagrams in this guide
Winter climbing styles
Where to climb?
Dry tooling grades
Using this guide
First ascents or first claims?
The Old Man Of Coniston
Tilberthwaite and The Slate Quarries
Little Narrow Cove
Mirk Cove and Wind Gap Cove
Fleetwith Pike – North Face
Great End Area
Patterdale – East
Patterdale – West
Appendix A Winter Climbing and Nature Conservation
Appendix B Procedure for Mountain Accidents
Appendix C Useful Contacts
Appendix D Campsites and Camping Barns
Appendix E Climbing Walls
Index of Routes