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Lakedistrict 2005 : pictures only atm

Lakedistrict June 2005

Fourteen months after

our first visit to the Lakedistrict TheoR and I returned. From Newcastle we drove to Keswick and from there to Ambleside. After Ambleside our navigationsystem went haywire and refused to speak to us. Unintentionally we ended up in Great Langdale where the small road lead us to Little Langdale and eventually to Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass. If you want to test your breaks you'll certainly love the hairpins down from Hardknott Pass. Exhilarating !At 1.30pm we arrived at Eskdale YH where we parked the car and an half hour later we were on our way to Upper Eskdale. This time we brought our tents to camp close to the hills.The further you get in Upper Eskdale the more its wild and remote characterbecomes eminent. We pitched our tents just beyond Cam Spout on the edgeof great Moss. While TheoR had a little ly-in I climbed up the southeasternside of Scafell Pike upto a height of 650m. I didn't feel tired at all and even considered going all the way to the summit. The only thing stopping me was the cloudbase that was gradually getting lower to the point where I was at that moment. I returned and made dinner. The cloudbase reached our tents at 375m and it started to rain. During the night the rain continued and in the morning it was pouring down. We decided to stay in our tents. The rain didn't stop for 36 hours and we didn't leave our tents for that period except for the call of nature. and coming out of the tent was a delight. Except that staying in a tent for such a long period hadn't done any good to TheoR's back. Moving about was painfull so we decided to skip our plan of climbing Scafell Pike and to move to a comfy bed at Wasdwater YH. The returntrip to the car took much longer due to TheoR's back and the waterlogged grounds. The next day the weather and TheoR's back had improved significantly. Instead of tackling Scafell Pike and Scafell from the east we now drove to the Wasdale Head Inn to ascend from the west. Regrettably the Inn was closed because of a fire twodays before. No pint and dinner we were hopingfor after our walk. The path follows Lingmell Beck for a while and at 240m we turned right to climb up beside the very impressive cleft of Piers Gill. Higher up there's some short scrambling but it doesn't become difficult. From our left the famous Corridor Route joins the path and we reach the col between Broad Crag and Scafell Pike. On the other side is Little Narrow Cove leading down into Upper Eskdale and Great Moss. We can see much further than a couple of days ago. The final pull up to the summit goes over rocks and boulders. The summit itself, England's highest point at 978m, is quite flat and decorated with a huge shelterlike cairn. 20 people are resting or having lunch. We don't hang around to long and 20 minutes or so we continue walking. The descent to Mickledore needs to be taken with care over the loose rock. A joung man got stuck while descending Broadstand and two walkers with ropes coming from the summit of Scafell came to his aid.Broadstand is notorious for its accidents, sometimes lethal. There's a first-aidkit and stretcherbox just below the summit of Mickledore. We get close to Broadstand but we don't have the intention of ascending Scafell from here.Neither do we intend to reach the summit via Lord's Rake. The previous year a huge boulder had been dislodged at the top and is still hanging over. The Rake itself is filled with loose rocks which makes the going awfull anddangerous. From the col we descend east for 140m to follow the Foxes Tarn Route. It's interesting to climb up where a stream is coming down.From the very little Foxes Tarn a path goes up to a col where you've to turn left to reach the summit of Scafell. There were no people about, only midges. weretraced our steps and descended to the west. On our way down we had a look at Lord's Rake and the Shamrock Traverse. The gully was filled with rocks but didn't look impassable. I can, however, imagine it being suicidal in high winds and heavy rain. The rest of our descend was on easy grassy slopes down Brown Tongue and 2 and a half hours after being on the summit of Scafell we were back at the car. We had a fantastic day and the contrast to the first days of our trip couldn't have been bigger. house of a woolmerchant, a real hall.Beautifully situated on an elevated spot next to the lake with a slopinglawn and surrounded by old trees. A perfect 'escape to the country'.We left the hostel to drive to Wasdale Head in the already scorchingsunshine. We followed the same path as yesterday but instead of goingup next to Piers Gill we now continued all the way to Sty Head. Styhead is a real crossroads for different destinations. Having been on the summit of Great Gable last year we now opted for the traverse passing south below the summit of GG. Soon we had to scramble on huge boulders at Kern Knotts. It made the walking certainly more interesting. We did it slowly and enjoyed ourselves. After the boulderhopping was over we had to cross a screeslope named Great Hell Gate. The temperature on this barren screeslope was absolute hellish but better to get sunburned than to get flushed away by rain. Shortly northwest from Great Hell Gate we came to Great Napes - it's all Great around here - and the screegully leading to Napes Needle. The red scree was managable and soon I reached the base of Napes Needle, a giant finger pointing to the sky. To climb it you need outstanding freeclimbing skills or ropes. I settled for the 'dressing circle', a flat piece of rock to the left of thegully, and a perfect spot for watching Napes Needle. We were the only people aroundso after a while we slided down the gully back to the traverse and continued our walk.Another phenomena is a rockformation called Catrock, or The Sphinx, depending on the angle you're looking at it. Once passed the boulders and rockformations an easypath gently leads you downhill on grassy slopes to reach Wasdale Head again. by radiant sunshine the next morning and again we drove up to Wasdale Head. I think driving along Wastwater with views of the hills never getsboring. It's a nice drive and the tension grows the closer you get to the end of the road. Between the Inn and the Barn Door Shop the path to Black Sail Pass begins. An unmapped path made for a shortcut to Looking Stead. We'd been here last year following the ridge to the summit of Pillar but this time we were going to take the high level route to Pillar Rock. Shortly after Looking Stead, a cairn marks the split between the path to Pillar and the path to Pillar Rock. However, both can be reached by using either path. To be continued...

The rain stopped eventually

Wastwater YH is a former

Again our dorm was lit


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