Birkness Combe

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Morning sun
90 mins

NY 175145 600m NE Facing Being high and NE facing these crags offer some good ice routes and the number of quality rock routes hint at the potential for harder mixed routes, as yet the crags potential hasn't really been realised, the adventure is yours for the taking. Approach: Park at Gatesgarth farm go down through the campsite and then follow the path ( check map) Descent: Use the gully on the Left hand side of Eagle crag to return to the base of the crags or walk off over High Crag to Scarth Gap.

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West Gully
150m. A straightforward snow gully handy descent route.
Central Chimney
150m. The obvious chimney in the centre of the crag. The chimney is poorly defined at first and it is possible to escape on...
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 S-V 5
Birkness Chimney
55m. The chimney line left of Central Chimney. The crux is a narrowing of the chimney at 15m.
1 Stars
S-IV 5
The Eagles Claw
70m. The icefall on the wall between Birkness Chimney and Gully. Traverse in or climb more directly up mixed ground to the...
1 Stars
S-V 5
Birkness Gully
50m. When the gully steepens, climb up behind the large jammed boulder, pegs. Move onto the boulder and gain ice on the right...
3 Stars
S-IV 4
Birkness Gully Wall
50m. Leave Birkness Gully when it steepens, traverse R over mixed ground and continue L up the icy corner to the top.
 S-V 4
Eagle Front
In exceptional conditions in 1963 the summer line was followed. 18inch thick icing on the rock being reported. Given the...
Border Buttress Gully
150m. The first gully line L of Birkness Gully gives a series of good little ice pitches. Good ice can also be found on the...