|Posted by Jan Bella on February 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM|
Starting at grade I - Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark.
Lakes got in to condition and there is no force in this world that would keep me indoors. After whole week of seeing photos of people doing amazing routes I was looking for a climbing partner for my days off.
Jack's rake cuts the face from bottom right to top left.
I got email from Simon, through UKC website. So we met up in Ambleside on cold Thursday morning and headed for the Langdales. Route we planned to do was Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark. Grade I winter route and great summer scramble.
Start of the route
Walking up to the beginning of the route was as good as it gets with nice views over theLangdale valley. Looking up from the bottom of the climb we decided to climb unroped and only protect it if necessary. Climbing went really well. There is few short icy steps which didn't prove to be too much of a trouble but made route more interesting. Exposure which I was bit worried about wasn't too bad either and below a rocky step where the rake is cut by a gully it gets really interesting which might not be appreciated by those suffering from vertigo :). This rocky step was the only place I decided to rope up for, but it went really well at the end and didn't cause any troubles. Higher up route got easier with only one steeper section and few steps. From the end of the route we went to the top of Pavey Ark and then set of for a walk back to the car. Brilliant day out!
Simon startign out.
Categories: Winter Climbing