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Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike

Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike


Postby Derek T » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:53 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Causey Pike, Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags

Hewitts included on this walk: Causey Pike, Sail, Scar Crags

Date walked: 05/03/2011

Time taken: 4.5

Distance: 13.5 km

Ascent: 1053m

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This was a great half day walk in good weather. This route would more traditionally begin or end with Barrow but I ticked that off a few weeks ago so missed it out on this occassion.

The walk into the valley from Braithwaite Lodge to Barrow Door is a nice warm-up for the ascents to come. I tackled the zig-zag route up the east side of Outerside, a path that Wainwright describes as "charming", which must mean "very steep". From there I crossed the wet boggy ground on the west side towards the path up to Sail Pass. This is an interesting path for anyone who doesn't like steep drops to the side of the path. There is nothing difficult about it and the path is actually quite wide but it looks a little scary from the bottom.

Once at Sail Pass the route up Sail is a long pull up the zig-zags. This isn't the most interesting hill I've climbed and the summit cairn could do with some work as its really just a pile of 3 or 4 small rocks. The summit of Sail is the first view I had of the Scar Crags and Causey Pike ridge. These are great looking hills so I got myself back down the zig-zags as quick as I could and then up onto Scar Crags. You can't really appreciate these hills properly until you are on the next one and look back. The going along the ridge is good and the paths very wide and there is no real sense of being on a knife-edge when walking. Looking back at Scar Crags from Causey Pike is a great viewpoint, as is the view out to Skiddaw from Causey Pike summit.

I chickened out of descending the scramble down the nose of Causey Pike and returned back down the valley to Braithwaite.

A great walk. Here is the route and some pictures...


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Outerside.jpg


Outerside summit.jpg


Path to Sail.jpg


Zig-zag path to Sail.jpg


Sail's disappointing summit cairn.jpg


Scar Crags and Causey Pike ridge.jpg


Old mines under Grisedale Pike.jpg


Scar Crags summit.jpg


Scar Crags.jpg
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Derek T
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Re: Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike

Postby Derek T » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:39 pm

I took this picture the following day ...

Scar Crags and Causey Pike from Newlands Valley.jpg
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Re: Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike

Postby john923 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:53 pm

Grrr.. could have done with some of that blue sky when we were up a fortnight ago. Instead we had 4 days of clag which didn't seem to justify any reports. Nice pics.
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Re: Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike

Postby susanmyatt » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:12 pm

Well done Derek, its steep up Causey Pike, we did it for my 100th Wainwright, great views :D
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Re: Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike

Postby skuk007 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:32 pm

Nice pics, good to see some without that cold white stuff!
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