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A hazy lazy day round the Gables.

A hazy lazy day round the Gables.


Postby mamoset » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:57 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Base Brown, Great Gable, Green Gable, Kirk Fell

Hewitts included on this walk: Base Brown, Great Gable, Green Gable, Kirk Fell

Date walked: 09/04/2015

Time taken: 6

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1150m

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My initial plan for today was to go to Wast Waster and take in some fells there. Unfortunately, the weather forecast scuppered that with a heavy haze from the west forecast, so it was back to Seathwaite again for a trip round the Gables. It was really warm as i left Seathwaite and headed for Stockley Bridge.
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Obligatory shot!!
Headed quickly up past the 1000ft boulder, with Green Gable coming in to view.
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Following Styhead Gill, the view ahead was almost obliterated by the haze :? but a bit of snow was still evident on Scafell Pike.
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Looks like there has been some lovebirds up here recently :shock:
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Good luck Hannah and Tim!!
Unsure which way to tackle the Gable from, decided to head up Aaron Slack to Windy Gap, as i had never been up this way before. Awful route i must say :lol: From Windy Gap the views weren't much better.
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Across Haystacks to High Stile ridge.
I decided to head across to Kirk Fell first and followed the higher path beneath Gable Crag.
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Kirk Fell.
Headed down to Beck Head and over to begin the ascent of Rib End.
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Rib End.
This is a pretty easy ascent, but it was really warm by now, and extra suncream was called for 8) Went over the north top and on to the actual summit.
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Plenty of fells from Kirk Fell summit.
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To Pillar and High Stile ridge.
Skirted the edge of Kirk Fell before going back down to Beck Head and heading beneath Great Gable, making for the White Napes.
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Kirk Fell and Haystacks from ascent.
There is a lot of loose scree to start, but the scrambling over the Napes makes it worthwhile.
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Westmorland Crag from exit of Napes.
You could just about make Wast Water out from here, glad i didn't go round there!! :clap: :lol:
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Climbed round Westmorland Crag to the famous old cairn.
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Westmorland Cairn.
There was a fair few people at the summit, so after a short stop headed off to Windy Gap again!!
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Plenty of fells from Gable top.
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Unusual addition to the summit.
Was a decent view down Ennerdale from Windy Gap.
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It is only a short climb to the summit of Green Gable from here.
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Green Gable top.
With not much reason to hang about, i made for Base Brown, my final top of the day.
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Base Brown ahead.
Again, it is easy going across here, mainly due to the long dry spell :D
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Base Brown.
There was some climbers on Raven Crag below Grey Knotts who could be heard for miles!! :shock:
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Raven Crag.
Made for the Hanging Stone, which i nearly carried on straight past :lol:
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Hanging Stone.
After this, Sourmilk Gill seemed the obvious route down, and it is quite an interesting descent. There wasn't much water in the gill, but it is still eye-catching.
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Sourmilk Gill falls at the slabs.
A good walk, spoilt a little by such a heavy haze :( but i did enjoy it, all the same.
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Re: A hazy lazy day round the Gables.

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:10 pm

Some fine country covered, shame about the haze. I just recently used Aaron Slack for a descent and it was fine, I can imagine it being a somewhat tedious climb.
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Re: A hazy lazy day round the Gables.

Postby trailmasher » Sat May 02, 2015 4:15 pm

A damn fine route and a shame about the hazy conditions, but at least you got it done on a good, dry, sunny day.
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