|Posted by Jan Bella on February 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM|
Brown Cove Crags with Ben.
Is the winter really over in Lake District? Some snow on the approach from the Swiral car park, but mostly very wet. Little ice fall that is a start of Right Buttress Crack was melting away and didn't look very strong.
looking down from the top of the route:
We decided (I decided) to do the Left Buttress route. At grade II and 160 meter long mix it seemed to be a good choice. I imagine it must be great easy climbing in good conditions and while there was plenty snow it was too wet. However we still enjoyed the route and this being first winter route Ben has ever done and with only walking axe I have to say he's done well! For those wanting to do the route wait for good snow pack and you 'll have a good time. There are good belay stations on the route and we have done it in 4 pitches last one being right back on the top arête.
Ben at the top of the route:
Me and Ben finished the day with walk to the top of Helvellyn. And one thing is for sure unless there is some more snow or freeze this winter season in Lakes will be over.
Categories: Winter Climbing