by SusieThePensioner » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:08 pm
Date walked: 02/08/2012
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Jeff and Julia (our elder daughter) decided to walk up Scafell Pike on Thursday 2 August with an early start. My target was to take photos of Wastwater at various times through the day
Up at 5am, a queue for the bathroom, breakfast, and then we all set off at 6.20am from the cottage in Nether Wasdale. Jeff and Julia parked at Wasdale Head before setting off for Brown Tongue whilst I happily waved good bye and wished them luck! I last walked up Scafell Pike in 1976
It was a misty start but some good reflections in the lake(where were you Craig and Damson to witness this?) so I soon stopped to take my first photos of the day
Fortunately, there wasn't much traffic about so I wasn't causing any obstruction (with the car, if you were wondering ) and was able to walk down the road taking more photos. However, the tricky bit is, balancing my sticks under my arms and trying to get the camera straight Suddenly, I looked back towards the Scafells and, a brief glimpse of brightness appeared!
It was still looking misty in the other direction so I decided to drive further along the lake.
As I went over Netherbeck Bridge I saw that the beck was in spate and stopped to have a look.
It then started to rain quite heavily so I "hurried" back to the car and decided to go to the cottage for a coffee. I did, however, spare a thought for Jeff and Julia walking up Brown Tongue and wondered how wet they were Julia sent me a text to say they'd reached the top at 10.59 but couldn't see anything much because of the clag, however, it had stopped raining
The weather improved significantly so I headed out again back to Wastwater for the "walking" part of my wander I was lucky and found one of my favourite parking places free
From here I squelched my way through the exceptionally wet and boggy path down to the water. It was a bit hazardous at times as my sticks kept sinking and getting stuck in the bog and, as they are the collapsible type, I suddenly found myself with only 6ins of stick one side and about to take a tumble whilst trying not to hurt my knees If I had fallen I'm not quite sure how I would have got up when I can't kneel Anyway, there was a convenient rock to sit on to recover so, I took some photos and sat in the sun looking at the view
To my right I spied some rocks in the water and went to investigate as the water looked very clear here.
I then walked further along by the lake with no thought to the distance I would have to cover to get back to the car; it was just too good a day now There was another place to perch on and I spent some time just looking at the sun sparkling on the water and thinking; mainly about friends and family, how many times we walked up Yewbarrow and the shock of looking through "Great Door", walks up Great Gable and Pillar, etc etc
Soon, I needed to get back to the car and await the arrival of the walkers; it's really annoying trying to walk with my two sticks when the camera case somehow keeps flopping forward and knocking one of them instead of staying behind me Jeff and Julia duly arrived; hot, tired and worn out but elated they had reached the summit after two previous aborted attempts last year
This "wander" was supposed to finish in the evening when we went to a different part of the lake for me to take photos as there was a really beautiful light. Jeff: "where's the camera?" Me: "don't be silly, you put it in the car" Jeff: " sorry, I forgot to pick it up" Me: "oh dear" What I really wanted to say, well, I'm afraid I can't print
Anyway, here is one I took a few days earlier instead
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:08 pm
by L-Hiking » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:36 pm
by garyhortop » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:08 pm
by gammy leg walker » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:23 pm
by ChrisW » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:43 am
Sorry to hear about the health issues and I hope your holiday makes you feel better about things
Sounds like you had a few difficult moments but you dealt with them - well done
The last photo is a stunner
by jonny616 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:27 am
by SusieThePensioner » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:24 pm
Thanks John. I need to read your latest TRsjohnkaysleftleg wrote:Lovely pics as ever Susie Glad that rock was there for you to sit on, sounded a bit worrying.
Thanks Geoff. I'll catch up with you soonL-Hiking wrote:Ahh, nice report Susie, I havent been on the site for a while so now catching up. The picture of the screes is very nice as are all your photos.
Thank you Gary. Yes, I thought the coffee was a great ideagaryhortop wrote:Great report Susie and some stunning pictures - as usual! Looks to me like you had the better end of the deal, having a chance for a coffee instead of walking through the clag!! Well done! Great report Susie and some stunning pictures - as usual! Looks to me like you had the better end of the deal, having a chance for a coffee instead of walking through the clag!! Well done!
gammy leg walker wrote:More power to you camera Susan,real feel good report you have there.
Thanks, Willie, glad you liked it
Thank you, Chris. I think I was actually quite restrained but still can't repeat it. There'd be too many ********!!!!!*******!!!ChrisW wrote:it would be interesting to hear just what you did want to say about the forgotten camera though Lovely photos as always and the final one is a beauty
Thank you, Morag. And it's always nice to hear from you I'm feeling a lot better than I was but it will take some time.morag1 wrote:It's always nice to log onto the site and see a report from you Susie and these pictures are lovely as always
jonny616 wrote:Great read & photos. So now i'm not the only one to get stuck in a bog Glad you could get out ok Well done to the troupes on making the pike
Thanks Jonny. We could start the sneaky peak stuck in a bog club
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:54 pm
JonAksel wrote:Masterclass photos. Nice story too.
Thank you Jon, I appreciate your comments
by Phooooey » Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:51 pm
Nice of you to mention Damson and me too ! I really don't know how you manage to get the water to stay so still for you, however my best attempt so far is on my Angletarn Pikes blog as there seemed to be no breeze at all last Friday at Angle Tarn itself (although I could have done with cooling down a bit .
Base Brown is one of my remaining 56 to do so a weekend stay near Seathwaite / Stonethwaite is in order very shortly.
Did your clan make it up Scafell ?? I love the Wastwater Head area, but you never quite know what you are going to get weather wise until you enter the valley.
Glad to hear you are back out and taking such stunning photos again.
by SusieThePensioner » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:34 pm
Thanks, CraigPhooooey wrote:Great report and photos as usual !
Good luck with that.Phooooey wrote:Base Brown is one of my remaining 56 to do so a weekend stay near Seathwaite / Stonethwaite is in order very shortly.
The last ever walk I did was from Stonethwaite
Jeff and Julia got up Lingmell and Scafell Pike but didn't do any others
Thank you, LarryLEgan wrote:Love the last pic
by jstalker66621 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:21 pm
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