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Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

Brian & Bryan tackle Low Water Beck

   Words by tcsh

   on 22/01/2013 13:32:26



A gloomy, cold and snowy monday it may have been but Bryan and Brian were determined to get out and find something to climb. Plan A had been to do Pinnacle ridge on Great Gable (grade III), but the road conditions were slightly more spicy than they anticipated and despite Bryan’s new snow socks for the tyres, a plan B was devised. Bryan had seen the top of Low Water Beck (grade III) the previous day and it looked like there was enough ice to give it a go, it was also on Brian’s tick list so off to Coniston they went. After a slightly easier walk in they got to the bottom of the route and Bryan set off up the first pitch. Quite a bit of water was in the back of the gully but surrounding it was some very good ice. The ramp pitch was equally as good with the ice thick enough to take an ice screw. After soloing up the easier ground above the last sting in the tail was an icy V groove, which wasn’t iced up quite as well as the rest of the route but still offered some good sport. All in all a great day and they had the route to themselves.

The pictures show Brian (Senior B as opposed to Bryan, Junior B) wearing his new La Sportiva Batura boots and using Petzl Quarks in his understated new Arcteryx jacket (in Goretex’s new ‘Pro’ fabric being revealed next winter 2013/14 .)

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