Dom and I went up to the Lakes in March, making the most of the late winter weather. As usual on the way up all the options were considered, Dom fancied going to do Bowfell Buttress but as we got to Ambleside we could see into the Langdales and a snow stripped B.B. Option B was to go around to Coniston and take a look at Hen Crag Buttress a *** Gr4 which I'd had my eye on for a good few years. We new there was a chance that the Snow might not be in good condition but we thought we'd have a look at .
The walk in was lovely, rock hard snow and beautiful Alpine weather, and not a sole about.
On closer inspection it was far to unconsolidated so we did a short ice fall on the left hand side called Close to the edge G3, which if you did with the one at the side could make for a good day.
Not satisfied with that Dom was chomping to salvage the day and wanted to nip down and shoot up to Borrowdale! End result a fantastic afternoon on Raven Crag Gully Good Gr 4 with some fantastic climbing with a finishing pitch up a cracking ice fall. Certainly one of the best Lakeland routes I've done, with fantastic weather to go with it. I can't fault Dom's enthusiasm, it certainly was the best decision, and to have it all to our selves was a real treat. Thirty years in the waiting and well worth waiting for. Thanks Dom.
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