Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ice Climbing North Yorkshire Coast

When the temperature drops below -4 or -5c and there's no wind, there's no need to go far in search of ice on the North Yorkshire Moors. Just look at some of the sea cliffs, especially where they are not too vertical.
The picture on the left shows a typical ice climb just south of Stoupe Beck at Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby on the North East Coast. This one is about 45 to 65 ft tall and is around grade iii/iv.

There are many others, many incomplete.

Last night it got down to -8c

And if you don't fancy anything quite as exposed as that there is plenty of scope for short problem routes.

OK, it might not appeal to everyone but then these routes were only 40 minutes from my house on foot!!

Yes, bugger the Christmas shopping, I spent the morning climbing on these cliffs before running back home before I got cut off by the tide.

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