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Skiddaw in snow

Skiddaw in snow


Postby Julia Cater » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:37 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Carl Side, Skiddaw

Hewitts included on this walk: Carl Side, Skiddaw

Date walked: 26/01/2013

Time taken: 5

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Thought I'd try my first solo snow walking and thought Skiddaw was a safe bet. Couldn't get the car up to the carpark at Underskiddaw so slid to a random halt somewhere. Crampons on and off I went. Great views climbing up looking back towards the Helvelyn range.
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Looking back to helvelyn range
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Derwent water


Once nearing Little man there was so much wind it was covering tracks within seconds. #scary.
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Spindrift erasing tracks
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Snow getting quite deep
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After watching two people struggle through the depth of snow decided not to try for Little Man. Passing people coming back down who said they had turned back because of bad visibility. Thought I'd keep going until I felt it right to turn back. Luckily there was sufficient gaps in the cloud to get to the top. Bloody freezing on top but some lovely views every now and then.
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Top of Skiddaw


Descended off the side
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My footprints
towards Carl Side then trudged back down to the village and along the road to the car.
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Back to the village


Bit scary at times but feel that I've earned a glass of red in front of the fire now. :wink:
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Descent off Skiddaw looking towards Carl Side
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Little Man

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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:14 am

Well done, some magnificent pics there. Love the one from the summit :thumbup:
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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby ChrisW » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:42 am

Congrats on your first solo in the snow Julia, looks like you earned that glass of red without a doubt :clap: I'll bet you were tempted to try a couple of bum slides in that :lol: lovely photos, well done on abandoning the car and getting out there from wherever :clap:
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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby Glyno » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:36 pm

Great report and some excellent accompanying photos. A 'big well' done for pressing on to the summit!
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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby L-Hiking » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:54 pm

Nice report Julia, like the pic of the view indicator covered in frost and snow
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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:59 pm

Great stuff, bet you feel really pleased you pressed on and made it :D A large red as a reward, well deserved. Some cracking photographs from the top, that what it's all about.
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Re: Skiddaw in snow

Postby Lenore » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:21 pm

Wonderful Julia! Well done on both walk and photos!
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