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by Ibex » Tue May 05, 2015 11:49 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Birkhouse Moor, Catstyecam
Hewitts included on this walk: Catstyecam
Date walked: 18/05/2015
Time taken: 5.5
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 780mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We got up later than we wanted to and after a large breakfast we headed to Glenridding and parked up in another car park with the new number plate recognition system.
It was another wonderful day. Clear skies and warm, but not too hot. So we geared up and wandered off to the path up Birkhouse Moors South side. On the way we saw a Heron in the river, but it was damn hard to get a good shot if it.
Spot the Heron...
We got to the bottom and started the slow relentless slog up to the ridge of Birkhouse Moor. I was expecting this to be a test of my friends patience and legs after yesterday, but despite getting hot, she was still enjoying it. Excellent!
Near the top we met a few people who had told us that Striding Edge was iced up and someone had fallen off and died the day before. This seemed incongruous considering the lovely weather, but the higher got the more snow we saw on Hellvelyn.
The long stairway
In fact we heard other reports that a number of people had died on the ridge over the past few days. So my plan of taking her on the ridge as a real bit of adventure was out of the window.
We sat just past the summit of Birkhouse Moor and had a good look at Hellvelyn and Red Tarn. What a sight with the snow on the upper slopes. Did worry about cornices at the top though.
Hellvelyn and Red Tarn
I had climbed Hellvelyn plenty of times and seeing as Swirral Edge was apparently iced up too, we had a little sit in the sunshine and a think. I put my map over my eyes and almost fell asleep. After a while I sat up and looked at the scenery and had a great view of pyrimidal peak of Catstycam as well. Suddenly I remembered I hadn't climbed that one....
We had a wander down to Red Tarn and then I convinced her to climb up to Catstycam with me. We got to the top without any bother and had some water, whilst she took some videos and admired the view.
Swirral Edge from Catstycam summit
We headed down the East ridge and hit the path that took us all the way back to Glenridding. Another great day in the hills and another new summit ticked off for me. 6 in total for my friend!
by nigheandonn » Wed May 06, 2015 11:08 am
But a nice pair of hills - perfectly worth doing without Helvellyn.
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed May 06, 2015 3:32 pm
by Ibex » Wed May 06, 2015 7:15 pm
Good little walk and we saw an enormous bird circling around the summit of Catstycam when we were on the way down. Could have been a buzzard. Or possibly a rare sighting of the Golden Eagle. But I doubt it.
by AJNicholls » Thu May 07, 2015 4:16 pm
But I'm cheap
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