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The Scafell Alps
by The English Alpinist » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:07 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Illgill Head, Lingmell, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Slight Side, Whin Rigg
Hewitts included on this walk: Lingmell, Scafell, Scafell Pike
Date walked: 15/02/2016
Time taken: 7
Distance: 23.5 km
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My campaign to walk all the Wainwrights in one winter had hit the rocks (so to speak) before this walk. A 3-week interruption after my last effort (Dunnerdale) had put me almost irredeemably behind. I'd actually written it off. Car troubles, personal troubles - you don't wanna know! - meant I had not got out there. This week I had a car again, though, and decided to give things a go. There was a weather window, and the plan was basically to stay out there for 3 days and get as much done around Wasdale as possible, reducing the need to make that journey again (it's a pain in the proverbial to get to). It was still only mid-February, so my conscience was clear in the sense I'd be tackling the Scafells no less very much 'in winter', in line with my supposed goal.
A clear day was forecast, so the chance had to be seized to grab the highest point in England. It's a good job it was clear, because I lost my map near the top of Lingmell! The string of the cover had worked loose before, so it was probably only a matter of time before this happened. I spent quarter of an hour trying to find where the thing had dropped, but to no avail. Being able to see where I needed to go, and knowing the geography around here fairly well already, meant the walk was doable. The section between the Pike and Scafell would have been dodgy indeed in bad weather, and the snow was deep around there, but one set of footprints was a help in finding my way up via Foxes Tarn. Thanks, whoever that was! Nobody else was going that way, although the Pike had been busy. As a terrific bonus, I found I had time and energy to fit in Illgill head and Whin Rigg too. I had to finish the walk with a trek back on the road the full length of Wast Water in the dark, but that didn't matter. Great day. Hope springs eternal!
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