The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Friday, 7 December 2012

Great Lakes winter conditions

Great Lakes, winter conditions again today.

We headed back into the Eastern Fells today & climbed a great new mixed route which is the obvious central feature of the crag.

It was a fantastic line & was in great winter mixed condition.

Strong westerly winds, cold temperatures & heavy snow last night had blasted the crag leaving in places a thin layer of firm snow on the otherwise featureless smooth rock. Ice had formed in the thin, seam like cracks which offered little protection & difficult tool placements. The blasted on snow did however help with some otherwise very difficult & tenuous foot placements & in places crucial pick placements

Great climbing

Me low down on the route today

Awkward & strenuous mixed climbing low down

Me enjoying the steep lower section of the route today

Great climbing but hard won pick placements & protection, which was difficult to find in the thin shallow seams

Me enjoying a relative rest half way up the new mixed route I climbed today

A fantastic line & great mixed climbing - 60m
We graded the route an overall grade of 7 with a technical grade of 7

You've got to just love the Lakes!

Safe climbing


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