Great Gable

I hadn’t planned to walk today but the weather looked fabulous first thing this morning so I decided to head for Wasdale and Great Gable.

Gable Girdle

I fancied going west to Wasdale today and decided to climb Great Gable. I drove through sunshine and blue skies to get to a rather misty Wasdale Head but I had high hopes that things would improve as the day went on. I was sort of right as the summit itself was a bit gloomy and frozen but the walk along the south traverse was excellent and there were sunny intervals during this section.

Great Gable

It was a clear night last night and very cold this morning in Wasdale. Once up above 600m, the wind added an extra chill factor and the snow was iced over which meant crampons and ice axe were definitely required. It all made the going quite slow but it was a really enjoyable winter walk and it was very quiet up there today – I didn’t see a single person or indeed a footprint!

Great Gable

Well it looked promising early on but I can’t grumble about the weather really as it turned out much better than forecast (i.e. I didn’t get wet!). It was a typical November day really and there was hardly a breath of wind until above 700m where there was an icy blast. Today I had my own 2 minutes of silence alone on the top of Great Gable.

Great Gable

I would have liked to have made it to Great Gable yesterday as it was the FRCC annual Armistice Day service up there, but not to worry as I had my own service in solitude today. It was really icy ad cold when I set off and that soon gave way to sunshine and clear blue skies. I descended Great Gable by way of the Westmorland Cairn and down to the rough and rocky Great Napes descending Great Hell Gate and traversing to Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock.

Great Gable

Today the weather was a lot duller than yesterday for a walk up to Great Gable from the Honister Pass. It did look promising at the start, but after the ascent of Great Gable I never got out of the clouds until reaching Grey Knotts. It was very quiet up there today and I had every summit to myself, which must be a record for Great Gable I think!

Great Gable

Today’s walk was a visit to two of the giants of Wasdale – Kirk Fell and Great Gable. I took the direct route up to Kirk Fell from Wasdale Head, a sickeningly steep climb, ‘the steepest in Lakeland’ as Wainwright described it.

Great Gable

Wasdale Head – Black Sails Pass – Kirk Fell (93) – Great Gable (94) – Green Gable (95) – Windy Gap – Styhead Tarn – Wasdale Head