It’s hard to know without direct comparison but I think that we got quite lucky today. Like a lot of other people I imagine we followed the reports of good ice on Lurchers Crag and on a tip choose to approach from the top rather than walking through or near the Charlamain Gap. Dropping down South Gully was all good fun through magnificent scenery of granite walls and spires and finding a traverse path lower down off we trotted to find an ice route to climb. Passing by one good looking ice fall we strolled on further to climb what we now know was Diamond Gully. DG is how it was marked on our photograph of a photo but what we learned from the climbers that appeared below us was that we were already on pitch three. With little but easier snow above us we contrived a second nice ice pitch and then slid back down the ropes to our regain our approach path. As well as the route’s proper name we’d learned that the Charlamain Gap side of the crag was pretty busy so seeking some more climbing we retraced out tracks to the first ice fall that we’d seen, Eskimo Gully I guess. Whatever it was it gave around forty metres of great and quite steep ice before three rope lengths of easy angled but calf busting front pointing lead us to the top of the crag and the end of a fabulous day’s climbing in a place that we pretty much had to ourselves.

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