Wednesday 1st February 2012
Start point: Brackenclose (NY
Lingmell Col -
Mickledore - Lord's Rake - West Wall Traverse - Symonds
- Green How - Brackenclose
Distance: 6 miles
Total Ascent: 1162 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes
Start Time: 08:00
Weather: Clear with a cold wind. 3oC
Cold and clear was the forecast and that
was spot on today. This is a relatively short distance mileage wise but
the time taken tells how difficult the going was at times. The wind made
it hard and the deep snow in Deep Gill made it even harder.
Note: Ice axe and crampons were
required for this climb. Lord's Rake, The West Wall Traverse and Deep
Gill are difficult and not for the unwary.
Sunrise over the Scafells.
Wast Water and Middle Fell from the start of the steep
climb to Lingmell.
Climbing higher, looking into Mosedale.
Looking back down, Illgill Head to the left. This
climb was all in the shade, the sun had to climb above Scafell yet.
Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Pillar at the head of
Looking back to Illgill Head. Once beyond the snowline
the wind really picked up, it was Siberian! It made the going tough
along here and it seemed to take an age to get to Goat Crags.
Scafell in mono.
Into the sunshine at last and Great Gable comes into
Crossing to the column, visible up to the right.
Great Gable from Lingmell Crag.
The column on Lingmell looking to Great End.
The view across Styhead Tarn.
Great End from the descent to Lingmell Col.
Back into the shadows climbing the north face of
Scafell Pike with a great view across to Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Onward and upward.
Scafell Pike summit ahead.
Directly below the column.
Frozen Scafell Pike summit.
I can see for miles and miles - a fabulous view from
Scafell Pike today.
A cold view towards Scafell.
Top dogs - Casper and Dougal summit the roof of
It turned to 'proper winter' when I was up here with
clouds swirling around and the sun shining through.
Looking across to Esk Pike and Bowfell.
Dougal weighs up the best way down.
Scafell from Pulpit Rock, Lord's Rake is the diagonal
gully on the right.
Down at the stretcher box at Mickledore it is time to
get the crampons on.
At the foot of Lord's Rake.
To be continued...
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