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Tuesday 1st February 2011

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney from Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 1.3 miles     Total Ascent: 342 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Warmer with sunny spells. 8oC

Route Map

After a dull start the day seemed to brighten for a while and I had a climb to Red Screes using the direct route via Kilnshaw Chimney. This is a great way to ascend quickly but care must be taken in winter conditions - the chimney was full of ice and snow today. The exit from it is very near to the summit and if you like a scramble it is well worth a go.

Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass.

The location of Kilnshaw Chimney.

Looking across to Caudale Moor from the climb.

At the foot of Kilnshaw Chimney.

The scree section is steep.

Looking back down the scree.

The Kirkstone Pass road far below from the opening to the chimney.

Casper leads the way up the icy climb.

The top section of Kilnshaw Chimney.

Almost at the top.

Kilnshaw Chimney, looking down from the top.

The exit from Kilnshaw Chimney is a stones throw from the summit. Those two are looking for a drink but they will find no joy in this frozen pool.

The approach to the summit. Dougal is ahead whilst Casper has found a patch of snow to roll around in to the left!

Red Screes.

Casper and Dougal on the icy summit.

Brothers Water and beyond.

Cloudy over Fairfield.

Place Fell beyond Brothers Water and Middle Dodd.

The beacon on Thornthwaite Crag.

Dougal checks out Middle Dodd.

Looking back to the summit.

Icy summit tarn reflections.

A sunny spell on Red Screes.

Caudale Moor.

Close up on Caudale.

Wansfell and Windermere from the descent with the Kirkstone Pass road to the left and The Struggle to the right.

Back at the foot of Red Screes.

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