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A Crinkles Classic

A Crinkles Classic

Postby The English Alpinist » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:58 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Bowfell, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Esk Pike, Great End, Pike o'Blisco, Rosset Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Bowfell, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Crinkle Crags South Top, Esk Pike, Great End, Pike of Blisco, Rossett Pike, Shelter Crags

Date walked: 23/02/2016

Time taken: 7.75

Distance: 23 km

Ascent: 1663m

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Creature of Bowfell summit.

I continued to make the most of the 'proper' winter that the second half of February (mostly) brought. This is what it should be all about! What a contrast to the dismalness on Lank Rigg of a few days ago. This was a long and consistently high day which I'd have been worried about doing in bad weather. Crinkle Crags and Bowfell would have been a fearsome place in cloud, wind and precipitation but today were places of grandeur. Walkers were out in force. I took crampons and at times wondered whether I should actually wear them instead of merely making weight inside my rucksack. The hardness of the snow varied, and some downslopes particularly were a little tricky. Finally I decided I needed them for the descent of Great End, back down to Eskdale Hause. It was easily doable without, but made things quicker and more secure. Great End itself was probably the highlight of a day of many highlights. Classic ridge-walking, and some big fells to get in the bank for my Wainwrights in winter challenge. It feels very much alive still, but I've got a lot to do (13 more walks with barely over a month left). My access to a car is limited to weekends, but this was a place I could get to by bus via Ambleside and Great Langdale.

I stayed at New Dungeon Ghyll Bunkhouse and intended to do Glaramara (and 3 neighbours) the next day but wimped out and went home instead. The forecast was not quite as good, but what really put me off was the endless valley walk to get up there. A lot of mileage for just 4 fells, so I opted to attack it from Borrowdale instead. Time presses though!

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Legendary Lake District location.

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The ascent of Cold Pike.

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Crinkle Crags, seen from Cold Pike.

Slightly different angle from AW.

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Ascending to Crinkle Crags.

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Had to kick toes in hard on some slightly tricky frozen sections.

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Final climb onto Crinkle Crags.

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Crinkle Crags north face.

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Ridge walk on Crinkle Crags.

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Bowfell beckons,

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Bowfell up close now.

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Ascending Bowfell.

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Bowfell summit.

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Bowfell's summit raven.

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On Esk Pike, looking towards Glaramara.

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Ascending to Great End.

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View of the Scafells.

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One of Great End's excellent cornices.

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Climbers in the shadow of Great Gable.

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Fitting climax to the day: one of said climbers takes my pic on the edge of Great End.

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Descending past Angle Tarn.

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Rossett Pike rounds off successful day.

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Very drawn out descent through Great Langdale (pub meal very much in mind).

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Last edited by The English Alpinist on Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:41 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: A Crinkles Classic

Postby ChrisW » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:05 am

Great to see you enjoying a decent day TEA , some lovely shots of the hike too, it's been a miserable winter for hiking so far but you're still in with a shout :thumbup:
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