Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 187 088)
Wasdale Head – Black Sails Pass – Looking Stead – High Level Traverse – Shamrock Traverse – Pillar Rock (541) – Pillar – Wind Gap – Mosedale – Wasdale Head
Distance: 6.6 miles Total Ascent: 960 metres Time Taken: 7 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Hazy with sunny spells. 16ºC.
It’s been a long journey, much longer than I expected when I started out on a quest to complete the Birketts on 4th May 2004 but today I finally achieved that particular goal. I must admit to losing the will to carry on with them half way through, hence the time taken, but it was all worth it in the end and it certainly got me to places I never would have gone otherwise. Today’s route took in Pillar Rock; no walk this one, it is a climb and not one for the faint hearted. Make sure you take the proper precautions if you want to tackle it. Me? I had the perfect guide today…
You see yon precipice–it almost looks
Like some vast building made of many crags,
And in the midst is one particular rock
That rises like a column from the vale,
Whence by our Shepherds it is call’d, the Pillar.
Extract from ‘The Brothers’, William Wordsworth 1800