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Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale


Postby andy63 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:42 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike

Date walked: 25/07/2012

Time taken: 7.5

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 1040m

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The weather was a bit cloudy- the top was covered in mist but there were good views on the way up and down.
I took the path from Seathwaite up Grains Gill to Esk Hause. This was a straightforward climb and the path was easy to follow.
There's a short detour up to the top of Great End.Allegedly there's some kind of view from here, but I was just stumbling around in the fog trying to figure out where the summit was.According to Wainright there's an 'insignificant cairn' on the summit. Hopefully one of the piles of stones I went to was the right one.
From Great End to Scafell Pike was hard work due to the stony ground. The last bit going up to the summit is very steep and a little bit exposed.
The highest point in England was very busy today - you had to queue to get on the summit cairn.However this made it easy to find the path going down to Lingmell Col by following the crowd.
It was a fairly short climb up Lingmell to bag a third summit, with good views of Wastwater, Sellafield and the Isle of Man.
I then followed the Corridor Route down to Styhead Tarn.There's a slightly scary bit of this section where you have to climb about 20 feet up the side of a cliff.Normally I'd avoid anything like that but there wasn't any other way down.Fortunately it's an 'easy' scramble with lots of foot and hand holds.
I've got a dodgy ankle so the last couple of miles down to the car park were a bit painful and stonier than I wanted them to be.
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Re: Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:21 pm

Allegedly there's some kind of view from here, but I was just stumbling around in the fog trying to figure out where the summit was. :lol: :lol:


Can't beat that feeling Andy, still a great hike though :thumbup: Have you tried walking poles to help that ankle out :wink:
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Re: Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Postby L-Hiking » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:23 pm

Thats a great hike and pretty exhausting well done :clap:
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Re: Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Postby andy63 » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:05 pm

Can't beat that feeling Andy, still a great hike though :thumbup: Have you tried walking poles to help that ankle out :wink:[/quote]

I use a pole which helps a bit.I can usually do a good day's walking before it starts to hurt.
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Re: Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Postby dogjake » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:21 pm

Well done Andy63 I'm heading that way in September and hope to do something similar.
I also have a problem with a dodgy knee and find that if I take a couple of Ibuprofen before walking
it helps enormously.
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Re: Scafell Pike +2 from Borrowdale

Postby garyhortop » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:30 pm

Wandering around in the fog on Scafell in August!! Surely not! Sounds like my usual trip to the lakes!! :wink:
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