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Scafell Pike and Lingmell via Piers Gill

Scafell Pike and Lingmell via Piers Gill


Postby yellowbelly » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:28 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Lingmell, Scafell Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Lingmell, Scafell Pike

Date walked: 27/07/2011

Time taken: 5

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After joining this site nearly a year ago and enjoying the excellent walk reports and interesting information from everyone, I thought it was about time I attempted my first walk report, (if I can conquer the technology!). So here goes:

I wanted to try this route up Scafell Pike for a change, so set off on a warm bright sunny morning from Wasdale Head, but soon the clouds drifted across which meant that clear distant views were not forthcoming. However it was an enjoyable walk and by setting off relatively early I missed the massed ranks of Scafell Pike summer holiday tourists.

Picture up Piers Gill from junction of Sty Head path.
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Higher up the Gill turns left with a view to Scafell Pike beyond.
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My route in the foreground joining up with the Corridor Route going across the middle of the picture with Scafell Pike beyond.
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I crossed the Corridor Route and continued alongside the stream to climb the scree up to Broad Crag col (the easiest way is on the right-hand side).
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Looking back to the Corridor Route and Lingmell from the same point.
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The summit rocks of Scafell Pike.
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The south peak on Scafell Pike.
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Wastwater comes into view but Scafell is obscured by cloud.
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Looking back to the summit on the path towards Lingmell Col.
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A distant view of Derwentwater in the sunshine on the way down to the col.
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From Lingmell summit towards Broad Crag Col and Scafell Pike.
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From the same point the summit of Scafell eventually appears from behind the clouds.
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Looking down from Lingmell into Piers Gill, my ascent route can be seen winding up diagonally to meet the Corridor Route along the top.
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The rocky top of Lingmell looking along the Corridor Route towards Sty Head.
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A last look back at Broad Crag and Scafell Pike.
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P.S. I always have to laugh at the inane questions and overheard comments you often hear at the honeypot locations in the Lake District at this time of year. Whilst parking my car at Wasdale Head, some lads in a car stopped and asked me where the path was up Scafell Pike - I advised them to go back to Brackenclose and follow the main path up Lingmell Gill. I asked them if they had a map - "no, but we've got a satnav" was the reply!
Then whilst having a pint outside the Wasdale Head Inn, "Southern Dad" is asked by others in his party, "which is Scafell Pike?" "That's Scafell Pike and that's Scafell I reckon" he says, as he points at Great Gable and Kirk Fell.
Well it keeps me amused I suppose! Apologies to proper Southern walkers.
Last edited by yellowbelly on Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:49 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Scafell Pike and Lingmell via Piers Gill

Postby canisp » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:10 pm

A shame the cloud rolled in but some good shots all the same, especially like those of Piers Gill. Following the rim of Piers Gill is my favourite approach route to Scafell Pike.

Steve……
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Re: Scafell Pike and Lingmell via Piers Gill

Postby icemandan » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:42 pm

My recollection of this route is meeting almost no-one going up the Gill before joining a queue for the final push for the summit. Good report and one of the best routes up the Pike.
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Re: Scafell Pike and Lingmell via Piers Gill

Postby yellowbelly » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:45 pm

Thanks for your appreciative comments canisp and icemandan. I'll try and do another walk report soon, hopefully from north of the border.

Hugh
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