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Cobbler: Chockstone & Great Gully by daylight.

Cobbler: Chockstone & Great Gully by daylight.


Postby gman » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:11 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: The Cobbler

Date walked: 05/02/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 870m

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Inspired by mgmt!'s moonlight report http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=49194 here's the idiot's guide.

I'm new to the winter climbing, I like a scramble in summer so I guess this the equivalent. The Cobbler's only a half hour from home so I'm regularly here, it's a busy hill & one of the places us (hillwalkers) meet them (climbers) so here I am with 12 point crampons, a pair of axes and a helmet.

I've done both both gullies separately a couple of weeks ago and that was my intro to winter grade II: crap unstable powder snow, a spindrift avalanche at the rock step halfway up Great Gully and cramp from keeping a death grip on the axes. So I'm back for more.

For Chockstone Gully take a right turn off the normal path and move across on some ledges:
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Start of gully, I followed prints in the snow to get here and I could see that others had got to the gully lower down.
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There's the chockstone ahead, wedged in the gully creating a hole.
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View down to the frozen burn & path to Ime.
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Snow's a lot better today, it's been here a while and has been compacted by traffic.
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Gets steeper at the top, guess this is why it earns a grade II.
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Looking back down after the exit, book says you can turn right at the end and up a steep slab or left through a narrow gap but the gap looks too narrow. Right/slab exit:
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Nice view to the south summit.
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Great gully is unmissable, it bisects the north summit. There's a tricky rock step at the start, spent ages on it last week but it was fine today.
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After the step up.
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Turf at the top of the step.
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Another easier rock step halfway up.
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Again, steeper at the top.
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Back down from the top, again a choice of exiting to the left or right.
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Moody Cobbler.
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Avalanche debris on the path back down.
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Last edited by gman on Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Cobbler: Chockstone & Great Gully by daylight.

Postby summitchaser » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:40 pm

Wicked report, I would love to do this one. Did you have ropes etc with you apart from the axes and crampons, need to invest in a decent rope for myself. Did you squeeze through the narrow gap. It looked pretty small going by your picture of it lol.
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Re: Cobbler: Chockstone & Great Gully by daylight.

Postby gman » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:48 pm

summitchaser wrote:Did you have ropes etc with you apart from the axes and crampons, need to invest in a decent rope for myself.


I didn't take a rope, conditions were fine on the day but I would definitely have backed off if the snow was dodgy. I need to get used to having a plan B for this stuff as grades can vary significantly with conditions on the day.

summitchaser wrote:Did you squeeze through the narrow gap. It looked pretty small going by your picture of it lol.


The picture makes it look narrower than it is - that's the wide/steep exit, the left hand one was banked up with snow and there was no way I'd have fit given the lager & kebab diet :D
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