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Snowy Blencathra

Snowy Blencathra


Postby mamoset » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:04 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Bannerdale Crags, Blencathra, Bowscale Fell, Souther Fell

Hewitts included on this walk: Bannerdale Crags, Blencathra, Bowscale Fell

Date walked: 07/02/2012

Time taken: 7

Distance: 16 km

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The decent weather continues, so headed off for the Lakes. Not really knowing where to go, the freak weather on the A66 (rain freezing on the road causing umpteen accidents :( ) the decision was made not to leave the A66 and park at Scales.
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Great Mell Fell looking summery from Scales.
Set off along the old road, to ascend Souther Fell first.
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Great Dodd & Clough Head from the ascent.
The ground was quite firm underfoot, so the going was not too bad :D As I gained height, Sharp Edge came into view.
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Sharp Edge.
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Blencathra summit & Sharp Edge.
Souther Fell is an easy traverse over short grass, and the summit was quickly reached.
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Souther Fell summit showing Bannerdale Crags beyond.
I had to make a bit of a detour to get off Souther Fell, as the ground was so hard, it was quite treacherous. I headed past the bits of crag at the north end and headed down to the River Glenderamackin.
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Approaching River Glenderamackin.
I decided to attempt the heathery ridge up to Bannerdale summit.
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Route up Bannerdale Crags.
There are some rocky outcrops up there which are just a bit too rocky to negotiate, so I skirted them into the heather, but was quite a nice ascent.
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And closer.
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Souther Fell from my ascent route of Bannerdale Crags.
From Bannerdale, it's an easy traverse round to Bowscale Fell, and as the weather was still fine, I decided to pay it a quick visit.
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The Skiddaw range from Bowscale summit.
There was plenty of people headed up Blencathra by now, so I made my way to join them 8)
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Foule Crag on Blencathra.
The snow was quite hard set, so walking was pretty easy.
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Snowy approach to Foule Crag.
Conditions must have been good on Sharp Edge too as plenty were crossing it.
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Climbers on Sharp Edge.
My route was a bit easier :lol:
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My ascent route.
Sharp Edge didn't look so imposing from its exit.
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Sharp Edge.
Scales Tarn, however, looked weird!!
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Scales Tarn.
Saw someone I wasn't expecting on Blencathra summit :shock:
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How did you get here????
The cloud started building at this point, so I decided to make my way down.
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Descent route passed Scales Tarn.
The route down wasn't as bad as it looked, and I was soon back at the car, hoping for an easier drive home than the one coming!!!!
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Re: Snowy Blencathra

Postby malky_c » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:13 pm

This looks like a great day out 8) . I'm impressed with the route up Bannerdale Crags - I didn't realise they were that steep - almost thought I was looking at photos of Sharp Edge for a second!

Great photos :)
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Re: Snowy Blencathra

Postby mamoset » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:59 pm

Thanks Malky, it was an interesting little clamber, made a welcome change from the paths :D

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Re: Snowy Blencathra

Postby ChrisW » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:11 am

A fine winter wander Mamoset with some cracking pics - the cornice one is a beauty, the snowman is awesome and what the hell is with that tarn...weird or what :wtf: great report, really enjoyed it :D
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Re: Snowy Blencathra

Postby mamoset » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:42 pm

Cheers Chris, shame we aren't getting as much snow as last year really, makes for great walking and photo's

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