An early start and a promising forecast saw Dan Shacklock, Steph and myself heading upto Bowfell Buttress. Our plan was to get some long awaited winter climbing bagged and for Steph to get some good (hopefully!) photo’s.
Plenty of snow has fallen on the fells in the past week and breaking trail through the fresh snow was hard work. There was a smattering of snow down to valley level and good cover above 500 or 600 metres.
The buttresses were pretty plastered and with the turf low down only partially frozen we opted for the leftwards traversing line of Plaque Route. This mixed climb runs just to the left of the classic route of the crag, Bowfell Buttress but was a slightly easier option for our first mixed route of the season. Probably wandered a little too far left at times, but conditions were difficult with what seemed like hours spent clearing snow to find the cracks and icy smears underneath.
Once on the route, the weather was almost perfect; light winds and occasional glimpses of sun. 3 pitches of enjoyable mixed climbing with only a couple of sections of IV.