Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Crowds in Launchy Gill

Malcolm soloing the steeper left hand finish to the main falls with the crowds below!

After another stunning but cold day, observed from the comfort of the office, we headed up to Launchy Gill (III) after work. It's seen plenty of ascents over the past few days (and nights) and we were keen to have an adventure before the forecasted thaw tomorrow. There's still plenty of water running but the main falls and the right hand finish are both well formed. The latter giving a steep finish on very featured ice which we put the rope on for. There were nearly 20 folk in the gill tonight which gave a very sociable atmosphere - everyone enjoying the best conditions (since last year!)

Organ pipe ice formation in the upper gorge