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The last one - Arnison Crag

The last one - Arnison Crag


Postby icemandan » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:22 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Arnison Crag

Date walked: 25/09/2011

Time taken: 2

Distance: 4.37 km

Ascent: 350m

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After being on 213 for most of the summer, I finally completed what must be the slowest ever round of the Wainwrights. My first was Causey Pike with my Dad in 1972 when I was 7.

Anyway as I closed in on completion, it seemed that Arnison Crag would be an appropriate finale. Unlike many of the other left-til-lasts, it has a proper rocky peak with an excellent view of Ullswater,

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is climbed via a path along a rocky ridge not a land-rover track or boggy rut and fittingly is the first fell in the first book. Yewbarrow, the last fell in the last book is also a very good one.

After weeks of miserable weather and a soggy West Highland Way, the sun finally came out and we set out for Patterdale getting tangled up with a cycling event on the Kirkstone Pass (on the home run, a series of increasingly desperate lycra clad figures wobbled and jerked upwards and into a gusty wind towards the pass).


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A pretty path through the woods led to the route up alongside the ridge wall. There are views down into a rich variety of trees and foliage colours in Grisedale.

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The path winds up through rocks and bracken and past a succession of small crags before spiraling around the little rocky knoll that makes up the summit.

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We then carried on along the ridge to the top of Hag Beck before dropping down through the rather sickly looking trees of Glenamara Park (I wondered whether these were healthy specimens when AW passed this way in 1957).

What next? munro completion looks possible and south of the border, Hewitts, Marilyns and Humps a-plenty. In a way, getting the peak bagging thing out of the way will be liberating and I look forward to revisiting the true glories of the Lakes, Pillar, Gable, Scafell etc.
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby Red Peak » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:49 pm

Well done, that man :clap: You're similar to myself in that you're in the 200s for both Munros and Hewitts, so not that far to go to complete both lots :D
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby colgregg » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:55 pm

Yep, well done from me too. I really must get a few more trips in and up my tally. At this rate the fells will have to be zimmer frame friendly if I am to complete.
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby JGKES » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:48 pm

Congrats on completing the Wainwrights.My finale was also Arnison,in 1982,and my first (The Old Man)was in the same year as yours ,1972, when I was 27.Just had a week in the Lakes where the weather was on the poor side of indifferent,so much so that in attempting a first Coledale Horseshoe I twice got no further than Causey Pike.But I did manage two ascents each of Barrow and Outerside plus all the paths from Braithwaite to Keswick via Portinscale.
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby susanmyatt » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:04 am

Very well done, you have great willpower staying on 213 for so long, like the cricketer on 99 :lol: What next? :clap:
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby skuk007 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:35 pm

:clap:
Well done, must be a great feeling, completing a "list", like you said enabling you to choose which ones to revisit :)
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby mamoset » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:06 pm

Congrats :clap:

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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby icemandan » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:26 pm

Thanks for kind words everyone. I think I might give south-of-the-border list ticking a rest. It will take a while to stir up some interest in the likes of Burnhope Seat.
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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby Merry-walker » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:48 pm

Congratulations

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: The last one - Arnison Crag

Postby L-Hiking » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:54 pm

Well done.... :)
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