Ice climbing on Kinder Downfall

It’s been pretty cold around Stockport in the last week or so but I didn’t realise just how cold it had got just a few miles down the road in the Peaks.

These stunning images from the Derby Telegraph show a wondefully frozen Kinder Downfall, on Kinder Scout, with ice climbers making the most of the conditions.

It’s a few years since the Downfall froze well enough to be climbed safely – some tried last year, amid the low temperatures, and had to be rescued. The mountain guide quoted in the newspaper article says that it’s hard to tell by the colour when it’s safe, due to the peat in the water.

Kinder Downfall holds a special place in my heart – it was the first traditional route I climbed outdoor. It was pretty much bone dry during May 2011 and as a Mod, we opted to solo it.

Latest reports suggest it’s now thawed, which is a shame as I have a pass out and the car on Sunday, and fancied having a ‘look’. I’ve even got my kit out from the cupboard and ready to go;

But it seems we’ll be sticking to the rocks of Stanage.


About Wadsterboy

30-something Yorkshireman, living in Manchester, close to the Peak District. Love the outdoors, love her indoors, not so keen on the film Sliding Doors.
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