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.
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;
- Scarpa Manta Four Season Walking Boots
- Grivel G12 Newmatic Crampons
- 2 x Grivel Air Tech Evolution Ice Axes
- Rab Men’s Neutrino Endurance Jacket
- Rab Latok Gloves
But it seems we’ll be sticking to the rocks of Stanage.