Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 54
80m. One of the most frequently climbed routes in the Lakes. Start about 60m. left of gully 2 below a prominent V Corner. 1) 20m. Climb ice or turfy ledges followed by a slabby groove to belay below the 'V Corner'. 2) 20m. Climb the V Corner. 3) 50m. Easier climbing to the top.
Completed v Corner on the 31/1/03. The whole route was full of Ice,but very little snow in the red tarn area until the snow started to fall at about 1.30pm. It was great to see so much Ice on Helvellyn! to the point that we could even use ice screws.......
i climbed routes such like this in russia with my dressing gown and slippers on. it was like to a good dream. i think to use combined tactics for this route is likely unethical.
Where does the III come from??? Grade II for sure. Even when lean can't be III. Get it downgraded now!
I agree, I did it in lean conditions of ice, powder and frozen turf and it is II not III. It is miles easier than central gully RH in borrowdale and that's in at II. The moves into the groove are quite steep so maybe II/III but no more
We did it a couple of weeks ago in excellent conditions, plenty of ice and good neve (except for the groove which was a bit thin). I thought it was about III but only for a three or four moves.
I have done the V corner route several times over the last 3 years,and find that it can feel very balancy in lean conditions demanding pro,or,adversly,a gentle climb when stuffed with ice.III is a great general grade,as the guide describes.Where else on this hill could you get ice/mixed/snow at the same time,then go back and do it again a different way?open to discussion.