Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Striding Edge Yesterday.

Pete and Bella chose the best day of the week for their adventure on Helvellyn with Dave and Steve yesterday, the weather was perfect for Striding Edge, it was a bit windy at times but nothing to bother the intrepid quartet. We set out from Glenridding in good time and ascended the path beside Mires Beck onto Birkhouse Moor then made a stylish traverse of Striding Edge to the summit which we reached about 1330. We descended by Swirral Edge then over Catstycam and down past the old Greenside mine in Glenridding and along the track into the village itself in time for a welcome coffee and cake in my favourite cafĂ© there.

Looking North from the slopes of Birkhouse Moor across Glenridding and Ullswater beyond.

Pete took this picture from Birkhouse Moor with the elegant cone of Catstycam on the right of Helvellyn and the ridge of Striding Edge on the left.right 

Bella poses with Pete on the Edge with the summit of Helvellyn beyond.

Looking along Striding Edge towards Helvellyn with Red Tarn below on the right and Nethermost Pike to the left.


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Scafell Pike on Saturday

Last Saturday early morning mist shrouded the fells as Pete and Bella set off from Seathwaite for Scafell Pike with five ladies and a dog for company. We made good time to Sty Head Tarn and then took the Corridor Route to the col between Lingmell and the Pike itself. As we climbed the last stage from the col towards the summit the mist cleared almost instantaneously revealing the distant tops of the high fells poking up through the clouds below us, it was a rare sight of an extraordinary phenomenon. As the sky cleared the mood lightened, it was a busy day on the highest spot in England and the atmosphere on the summit cairn was jolly indeed. We walked back over Broad Crag, Ill Crag and below Great End, returning to Sty Head where the girls celebrated a successful day with an impromptu swim in the Tarn!

Sca Fell reveals herself as the mist clears... seen from the N shoulder of Scafell Pike above Lingmell Col.

To the NE Broad Crag emerges from her misty shroud with Great End clearing beyond.

Great Gable pokes her head through the clouds to the N.

The busy summit of Scafell Pike from the path leading up from the Lingmell Col.


The girls in celebratory mood take a summit selfie.