Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May 25th.....Dales waterfalls

A brief respite in rains of Yorkshire Dales monsoon season (spring) gave an opportunity to get out and grab some images of the waterfalls and rivers that can be quite dry at this time of year.
The River Skirefaire that runs through Arncliffe and joins the Wharfe near Kilnsey quite often dries up once the winter has passed, but is currently running full over the limestone and giving some very nice image making opportunities.
Scalebar Force quite often has too much or too little water in it, but currently is just about right.
Scalebar Force, Settle
The Skirfare at "New Bridge"
Polarized image of the Skirefare
non polarized image of the Skirefare


Saturday, 24 May 2014

May 18th .....Buttermere

In search of some calendar images, I took a walk over High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks, the light wasn't particularly good but well worth a it for future view points.





Friday, 16 May 2014

May 14th........Borrowdale climb with Paddy Cave, Corvus (Diff)

Paddy and I had been trying to arrange a days climbing for quite a while and had been thwarted most times by poor weather, so to finally get out on the rock was a real treat.
The weather was great, the rock was dry and there was no-one else on the climb....perfect.
Paddy took the lead  to the last pitch which I lead the last one, learnt loads of stuff about rope work and climbing and refreshed some forgotten techniques.

Corvus, graded at Diff, is a great climb and justifiably one of the Lakes most popular, the pitches are just hard enough to be exciting without pushing the grade too far, with the famous "hand traverse" as its show piece crux, which is not as daunting as it looks, great fun.

Pitch 4, "The Hand Traverse"




Thanks to Paddy for a top day out on the hill.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

April in the Dales

Back to the Dales now for some serious photography walks, and a couple of very productive trips to the limestone above Malham and the gritstone of Simons Seat.
The landscape is influenced completely by the bedrock underneath, with the limestone draining into underground cave systems and the nonporous gritstone holding the surface water in the peat and heather moorlands.

Simons Seat 1

Simons Seat  2

Simons Seat 3

Above Malham 1

Above Malham 2



April 6th ..............The last winter walk

A cold walk over Bowfell, Esk Pike and then back down past Angle Tarn through the last snows of the winter.
Great Moss in Upper Eskdale from Esk Pike 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

12 March............Red Tarn Cove climb

We've gone through several days of freeze and thaw cycles so a closer inspection of the climbs in Red Tarn Cove were my objective of the day.

After a clear night with temperatures well below freezing and an Alpine start (6.45am) I was confident the snow on the face would be solid enough to climb, some evidence of previous slides down the gullies had actually compacted the surface and made for an easy ascent.  Some good neve was to be found in the places that the sun doesn't get to.

As the sun warmed the surface it became soft very quickly and I was glad to summit before the full force of the suns started to make a very noticeable difference.

The large double fracture line around the summit was evidence of the previous warm days, and were the cornice has overhangs it's only a matter of time and before they go for a big slide.


 Catsty Cam.....The main gully line is full all the way,
 Red Tarn Cove........
No:1 Gully is not complete in the middle
No:2 Gully is almost most complete with just a short section of turf (frozen at 8am) in the middle
 No 1 and No 2 gullies


  No 1 and No 2 gullies


No 2 gully (left finish looking thin in places)
 No 2 gully slay in the shade for the best snow
 Looking down No 2

 Nethermost and Dollywagon
 Summit fractures
  Summit fractures Brown Cove
  Summit fractures Brown cove

 Brown Cove Crags (left and right parallel gullies looked complete)
 Crevasse near the ski tow








Sunday, 2 March 2014

1st March...........St Sunday Crag and Fairfield

Great winter walking conditions to do the Deepdale round, over St Sunday, Cofa Pike, and Fairfield.


Friday, 28 February 2014

Fri 28th Feb....Brown Cove Crags and Helvellyn






Brown Cove Crags

Cornice on Right Parallel BCC

Swirrel Edge Exit Ramp

St Sunday and Striding Edge

Nethermost Gully and Striding Edge

At the top of No:1 Gully Red Tarn Cove

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sat 22nd Feb...............Harter Fell recce....

The end of the week has seen a significant thaw on the Fells and the snow has retreated back up the mountains.  The remaining snow is slushy to say the least and we didn't encounter anything that would be solid enough to climb on, even with a high wind chill the air temperature was well above freezing.

All of the gullies we saw had suffered from avalanche release, .......


Harter Fell Y gully, and Arrow Head Buttress

Harter Fell....Little Harter Gully

Harter Fell Gully

Over Harter Fell

Hawes Water


Small Water Crag

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Sunday 16th Feb.............finally winter climbing in the Lakes

A very brief interlude in the freaky winter weather allowed us to take a trip into Brown cove Crags.
Climbing conditions weren't ideal with soft snow and unfrozen turf making the going sketchy in places, but the gullies were full, so i took Peter on his first 2014 winter climb up Central Gully, followed by an unsuccessful ascent of Left Branch" and finished wit a quick run up the Right Parallel Gully.


Left Branch, Central Gully and Broad Gully
Central Gully