Reaching 214 on Wainwright's favourite
by Pointless Parasite » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:35 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Base Brown, Haystacks
Hewitts included on this walk: Base Brown
Date walked: 19/04/2019
Time taken: 4
Distance: 14.2 km5 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
First, I needed to climb Base Brown. I wanted to go for the direct ascent up the north side of the mountain, rather than the easy but boring climb from the West. The Base Brown direttissima has got a bit of a reputation for route finding difficulties but it seemed OK to me. Not really a scramble but an interesting route up an underated hill.
The route from Base Brown to Haystacks passes very close to the summit of Green Gable, so it seemed a shame to leave it out. The last time I climbed GG was on New Year's Day 2018, all alone and in poor visibility. What a difference this time around:
Then it was off to Haystacks:
I guess lots of people have their own ways of celebrating. I'd bought a banoffee slice from Booths in Keswick, planning to save it for a treat on the summit but decided to leave alcohol for later. Really, the only thing I wanted was to be alone. As I approached the summit of Haystacks it looked deserted, but this turned out to be an illusion. The summit was littered with people, screaming children, dogs swimming with Wainwright's ashes in the tarn. A family were hogging the summit cairn and the parents were trying to take photos of their children. Again and again they couldn't get it right. Every time one of the children had her eyes closed. Again. Again. On and on it went I patiently waited for them but they weren't budging. Let's try one more time. You've still got your eyes closed. Again. Eventually, at long last, they gave up and left the summit I hope they enjoy looking at the dozens of identical photos of a child standing on a hill with her eyes closed.
What a misery guts I am! Honestly, it's great to see so many people enjoying the hills and considering this was Good Friday and the weather was nice, the crowds were inevitable. Plus, queuing to reach the summit is good practice for climbing Everest
The traffic continued all the way down:
After finishing the descent I walked along Buttermere to the Bridge pub in Buttermere village. It must have been one of the best pints I've ever tasted. I can't remember what it was. Jenning's something or other probably. Beer always tastes amazing after a long thirsty day
All done then. I doubt I'll bother doing further rounds, although there are a lot of Wainwrights I have climbed several, even dozens of times. There are a few I'd like to do again 'properly' i.e. via a decent route on a good day, especially Pillar, Great Gable and Blencathra.
Here are my main memories:
Best: Scafell via West Wall Traverse, Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake
Worst: Kentmere Pike
Windiest: Bowscale Fell
Snowiest: St. Sunday Crag
Hottest: Helm Crag
Wettest: Thornthwaite Crag
All round worst weather: Broom fell. It honestly felt like the rain was blasting straight through my waterproof
Darkest: High Street (I climbed it after sundown, descending the East ridge in darkness)
Boggiest: High Tove (where else)
Most scary: Nethermost Pike via East ridge in the snow.
by Sgurr » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:33 pm
Do you have a most mysterious? Or are you a prosaic sort of person like husband?
by nigheandonn » Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:03 pm
That's a lovely area to finish in - I've got a real soft spot for Green Gable, so much nicer than its big brother which is hard to get on and hard to get off..
by dav2930 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:32 pm
Pointless Parasite wrote:Plus, queuing to reach the summit is good practice for climbing Everest
by Pointless Parasite » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Sgurr wrote:Do you have a most mysterious? Or are you a prosaic sort of person like husband?
Actually I had a similar experience on Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg in Kintail recently when a man and a dog simply vanished on the summit ridge. I did seriously start to wonder if I was losing my mind
Perhaps the greatest mystery was how there weren't mass casualties on Helvellyn when I climbed it last March. Folks were down climbing the steep and icy Swirral Edge with no crampons, no ice axe, not even poles. I wanted to say something like "well if you're trying to kill yourself this is a great way of going about it" but was rendered almost completely speechless.
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:45 pm
by trailmasher » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:34 pm
by goingforawii » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:22 pm
Do you remember what the 'buggiest' one was?
by Pointless Parasite » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:31 am
Walkhighlands community forum is advert free
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?