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Explore the best winter Lake District crags with a Cicerone guidebook

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Published
13 Nov 2012
ISBN
9781852847166
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Second
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17.2 x 11.6 x 2.9cm
Weight
540g
Pages
464
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Lake District Winter Climbs

Snow, ice and mixed climbs in the English Lake District

by Brian Davison
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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.

  • a comprehensive guide to the best of the best winter climbing routes
  • advice on equipment, hazards, techniques and weather
  • detailed maps, photography and topos of over 950 routes

 

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.

 
  • Activities
    Winter climbing - Snow and Ice, Mixed Climbing, Water Ice and Dry Tooling
  • Seasons
    October to April, but climbs unlikely to be in condition before January.
  • Centres
    Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, northern and eastern fells
  • Difficulty
    Winter climbing skills required.
  • Must See
    Helvellyn coves, Great End, Scafell, Newland's Hause, Low Water Beck, Cautley Spout
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Contents

Acknowledgments    
Maps and diagrams in this guide    
Location map    
Map key    
Editor’s note   

Introduction   

Conditions    
Winter ethics    
Winter climbing styles    
Where to climb?    
Equipment    
Winter grades    
Dry tooling grades    
Using this guide    
First ascents or first claims?   

South Lakes   

Langdale   

Oxendale    
Bowfell    
Langdale Pikes   

Coniston   

Dow    
The Old Man Of Coniston     
Wetherlam    
Tilberthwaite and The Slate Quarries   

West Lakes   

Eskdale   

Little Narrow Cove   

Wasdale   

Scafell Massif    
Scafell    
Scafell Pike    
Lingmell    
Mosedale    
Western Wasdale   

Ennerdale  

Mirklin Cove    
Mirk Cove and Wind Gap Cove    
Pillar   

Great Gable and Kirk Fell   

Gable South    
Gable North    
Kirk Fell   

Buttermere   

Honister Pass     
Fleetwith Pike – North Face    
Warnscale Bottom    
Birkness Combe    
Bleaberry Combe    
Grasmoor    
Newlands    
Coledale     
Whinlatter   

North Lakes   

Borrowdale   

Borrowdale East    
Great End Area    
Borrowdale West   

Northern Fells   

Skiddaw    
Blencathra (Saddleback)    
Carrock Fell   

Thirlmere   

East Lakes   

Helvellyn Massif   

Helvellyn    
Nethermost Cove     
Ruthwaite Cove     
Cock Cove     
Dollywaggon   

Patterdale and Adjacent Valleys   

Patterdale – East    
Patterdale – West    
Grisedale     
Deepdale     
Sleet Cove    
Dovedale     
Kirkstone Pass    

Far Eastern Fells  

Mardale    
Blea Water    
Riggindale     
Whelter Bottom     
Swindale    
Longsleddale    
Kentmere   

Outlying Areas   

The Howgills   

Northern Pennines   

Dry Tooling Routes   

First Ascents    

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    
 

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