Wasdale Screes

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Winter
Evening sun
Uphill
35 mins

The big broken face above the Wasdale Screes. The gullies give some very high quality classic ice lines. Due to the low altitude of the crags and their latitude they rarely come into condition. A prolonged cold spell associated with a polar continental high pressure is needed to bring these routes into condition. Approach: The quickest approach is from footpath opposite Woodhow Farm NY 140043, where there is limited parking or from the YHA at Wasdale Hall a bit further down the road. Descent: Head up from the top of the routes and gain the main Whin Rigg footpath.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Great Hall Gill
The tree filled gully Right of the main crags. Occasionally two 10/15m ice pitches with good tree belays form.
 II/III
2
A&B Gullies
130m. The Shallow gullies directly above the pump house. Both give very similar climbing
 II
3
C Gully
198m. The first major gully on the R of the screes.
 
2 Stars
IV
4
The Ramp Top 50
230m. From the bottom of great gully, a steep ramp runs up to the right it gives a good ice and snow climb. May also be used in...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
II
5
Great Gully
240m. The biggest of the gullies. From the amphitheatre climb up towards the left branch. The Gully narrows down again and...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
III
6
Right Branch Top 50
100m. The big icefall that forms on the right of the amphitheatre
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
V 5
7
Chimney Finish
65m. Right of the normal finish to central gully best approached from the foot of the Right Branch.
 II/III
8
E Gully
160m. A wide open scree gully with a couple of awkward steps.
 II
9
F Gully
260m. about 150m L of E gully. A couple of short but steep ice pitches may be encountered. Half way up the gully steep ice on...
 II
  • Latest Comments

    For WASDALE

    Steep Gill
    "I would have to agree with the above comments. I climbed it in poor conditions (..." 03/Nov top50

    Slingsby's Chimney Route
    "Thought the chimney was worth V5 as I couldn't excavate any pro in the thing (on..." 16/Dec top50

    Crenation Ridge
    "Some difficult short steps, we thought II 4 the day we did it!" 04/May

    Steep Gill Direct start
    "Felt like a sustained, technical 6, with gear not always easy to spot in a moss ..." 15/Mar top50

    Slingsby's Chimney Route
    "Just adding to above, Slingsby's Chimney's desperate but only for about three mo..." 05/Apr top50

    Moss Gill
    "climbed moss gill on 16/3/06 and agree with much of above and would put it at V ..." 31/Mar top50

    The Direct Route
    "The start we took direct and seemed fairly tough and steep to me for a grade (II..." 23/Mar

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