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Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Early Birds Miss out on the Worm


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:46 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Birkhouse Moor, Catstyecam

Hewitts included on this walk: Catstyecam

Date walked: 12/07/2015

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 825m

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So the final run in is upon us. To keep up with completing in September we needed to fit another walk in before our week in the Lakes in August. The forecast for Sunday was reasonably good with early showers giving way by about 10 O' Clock to make way for a fine late morning/afternoon. Unfortunately however whatever we were going to do it had to be fairly early as we had to get back home for tea time. The plan was formulated for the day so we'd get to the top of Catstyecam and decide, based on conditions, whether we'd go around Striding and Swiral edges or just descend to Red Tarn and Birkhouse Moor.

When we arrived at Glenridding things were looking quite promising as even though it was raining it was so light that waterproofs were not required. Unfortunately this state of events was not to last and by the time we crossed the bridge on the way up to Red Tarn the rain started in earnest.

ImageOptimism on the Greenside Road by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageClaggy Catstyecam by Anthony Young, on Flickr

It was a fairly dispiriting trudge upwards to be greeted by the clag, wind and rain at Red Tarn. Undaunted we set off up the fairly simple ascent to Catstyecam and soon arrived at the small summit in a vale of misty whiteness. Fortunately the rain had largely stopped so we had lunch staring out and attempting to imagine just how fine the views must be.

ImageNot great at Red Tarn by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageGrace on Catstyecam by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageWhere did those Sheep Go? by Anthony Young, on Flickr

By the time we returned to the col the wind was still gusting and the ground was saturated so we took the sensible option of descending to Red Tarn, leaving the edges to another day.

ImageClag even lower. by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageKepple Cove by Anthony Young, on Flickr

It turned out the forecast wasn't too bad, just about an hour or so off as by the time we'd completed the simple walk to Birkhouse Moor the sun was out and Catstyecam and Striding Edge had emerged from the clag. :roll:
We sat at Birkhouse Moor's lower but more recognised summit for a while, taking in the ever improving views, before a leisurely stroll back to Glenridding for an ice cream.

ImageGrace on the true summit of Birkhouse Moor by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageStarting to clear by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageView from Birkhouse Moor by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageI can't look! by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBah! by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageUllswater view by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageGlenridding by Anthony Young, on Flickr

No day in the hills is a bad one but I must confess to this one being a touch disappointing, still Striding Edge isn't going anywhere soon so I guess we'll be back!


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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby simon-b » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:19 pm

Great pictures again, Anthony, despite the clag. I wonder if Hughie remembered that he'd been here before:

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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby trailmasher » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:08 pm

Good report, great pics :clap: . We did the exact same route earlier in the year but we were lucky as the day was hot and clear. Shame that you had a bad weather day but, as you said, it's going nowhere. Oh! and only 15 to complete now I see :clap:
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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby mamoset » Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:44 pm

Not many to go now to complete, it's quite a work of art the wall on Birkhouse Moor. Good to see you visited both cairns on this fell.
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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:34 pm

simon-b wrote:Great pictures again, Anthony, despite the clag. I wonder if Hughie remembered that he'd been here before:

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Cheers Simon, that was a cracking day, and I know I keep saying this, but one we'll have to repeat some time.

trailmasher wrote:Good report, great pics :clap: . We did the exact same route earlier in the year but we were lucky as the day was hot and clear. Shame that you had a bad weather day but, as you said, it's going nowhere. Oh! and only 15 to complete now I see :clap:


Thank you, even without the edges its not a bad route, not sure Striding Edge would have been much fun in that weather.

mamoset wrote:Not many to go now to complete, it's quite a work of art the wall on Birkhouse Moor. Good to see you visited both cairns on this fell.


It is indeed a beautiful wall ;-) we have a week at Chapel Stile coming so we'll hopefully be very close to done after that.
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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:45 pm

Some really excellent pics, clag notwithstanding.

I particularly like "I can't look" - it expresses wonderfully the emotions I have so often experienced when imagining how great the views must be!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby ChrisW » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:01 am

Unlucky with the clag JK but as you say there's no such thing as a bad day in the hills :wink: You still got great photos too even in that lot, enjoyable for readers if not for participants mate, thanks for making it so :clap:
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Re: Early Birds Miss out on the Worm

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:54 am

Alteknacker wrote:Some really excellent pics, clag notwithstanding.

I particularly like "I can't look" - it expresses wonderfully the emotions I have so often experienced when imagining how great the views must be!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


ChrisW wrote:Unlucky with the clag JK but as you say there's no such thing as a bad day in the hills :wink: You still got great photos too even in that lot, enjoyable for readers if not for participants mate, thanks for making it so :clap:


Thanks lads :thumbup:
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