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Scafell & Scafell Pike
by Derek T » Sun May 15, 2011 12:23 am
Wainwrights included on this walk: Scafell, Scafell Pike
Hewitts included on this walk: Scafell, Scafell Pike
Date walked: 14/05/2011
Time taken: 7
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1313mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
James and I set off from the National Trust car park at Wasdale Head in fine weather and headed up the path towards Brown Tongue. The second stretch of that path, after crossing the river, is an unrelenting grind but isn't as long as I remember it being from when I walked up it twelve months ago. Ay the top of Brown Tongue we followed the path to the right towards Hollow Stones and then, after a deep breath, turned up the scree towards the entrance to Lord's Rake. That was a stiff climb and the scree is very loose but in a few minutes we were sat on a rock looking up the rake and across to the western crags of Scafell Pike. What a great place to see.
The Rake is extremely loose under foot and between us we sent quite a few rocks down the slope. Thankfully, there was no one following us so it didn't cause a problem but all the advice I have read about not following another group up is very good advice. Most of our ascent followed the wall on the right hand side of the rake, which itself is quite loose in places and crumbles when you try to take a firm grip. The slab at the top takes a bit of negotiating. James went around the right hand side and I went underneath it so it is possible both ways. That was by far the most challenging scramble I had done up to that point and it was a great sense of achievement to get beyond that stone.
The next down and up section of the rake is very straightforward and short. When we reached the bottom of the second down section we chose to have a go at ascending Red Gill. Just as we set off up the rocks the rain started. By the time we got up near the top it was soaking wet and extremely slippery. We reached a large, over-hanging boulder that leans towards you and was I just couldn't get a grip on it so we had to turn around and scramble back down, which was much harder than going up. We then headed up the final ascent of the rake, which is much easier than it first looks, and were up onto the ridge in no time. From the point where we left Hollow Stones to the top of that ridge was the most fun I have had on any hill. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Scary in places and with a few sections that certainly get the heart pumping but great all the same. It certainly isn't a place for the faint-hearted but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a challenge.
Once we reached the col between Symonds Knott and Scafell we were treated to a gale force wind and a hail storm. We were also now in the clag so couldn't see a thing but it was still a great sense of achievement to get to the top. From there we dropped down to Foxes Tarn and then down the gully to the bottom of Broad Stand. That gully takes a few awkward movements to negotiate and with the rain that was falling was, at some points, like climbing down a waterfall. We were absolutely soaked through by the time we reached the bottom. It was then a long hard slog back up to Mikledore and then on up the ridge to the summit of Scafell Pike. Once again we found ourselves in the clag so quickly headed down the path to Lingmell Col and then down the path back to the car park. The last hour of the walk was in pouring rain and we were glad to get back in the car and start to dry out.
We had originally set out to do the route we did, plus Ill Crag, Broad Crag and Lingmell but the weather beat us on this occassion so we settled for these two and the great feeling of having climbed Lord's Rake.
We didn't get may pictures because of the rain and fog but here are the ones we managed to take...
by colgregg » Sun May 15, 2011 11:28 pm
by Derek T » Sun May 15, 2011 11:42 pm
I'm going back up Scafell Pike in the first weekend of June when doing the Three Peaks with my brother-in-law so will hopefully get better weather then. It started off being a nice day, as the pictures show, but it then turned quite nasty very quickly. I saw quite a few people up there with bare legs and not much clothing that must have been regretting believing it is nearly summer!
I can't wait to get back up there but will be going via Mikledore as we want a quick up and down. Fingers crossed for some nice blue skies and no hail storms
by susanmyatt » Mon May 16, 2011 7:16 am
by colgregg » Mon May 16, 2011 7:27 am
susanmyatt wrote:Well done Derek, the pics you got are great, you never trust the weather in the Lakes look forward to your 3 peaks in June, good luck
It very often starts off promising, turns to mush on attaining summits only to completely clear out twenty minutes after leaving said summit, leaving you thinking if only I'd held out a bit longer. How many times have we all seen that happen!
by ChrisW » Mon May 16, 2011 11:07 am
by Vick1 » Tue May 17, 2011 5:39 pm
by PaulD » Thu May 19, 2011 3:59 pm
by neilh23 » Fri May 27, 2011 7:44 pm
by BlakBruker » Tue May 31, 2011 4:33 pm
I've done Scafell Pike from Seathwaite a few times now in prep for the 3 Peaks Challenge. It's pretty starightforward, long step path up to Esk Hause, then nice easy path for a bit, you can choose to go over or around Ill Cragg and then there's a big boulder field around Broad Cragg which is a little bit tricky, just take your time and avoid the wobbly ones Then there's a dip and climb up to the summit of Scafell Pike which can be a little exposed in strong winds but nothing too scary. Haven't done Scafell yet but might return to tackle both from Wasdale as I've a score to settle!
by neilh23 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:28 pm
by BlakBruker » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:10 pm
by skuk007 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:28 pm
by neilh23 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:34 pm
by colgregg » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:40 pm