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Skiddaw and the Little Man on a perfect day
by MusicalHiker » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:56 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man
Hewitts included on this walk: Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man
Date walked: 07/01/2018
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It was dark when we got to Keswick. In the morning, I opened the curtains in our apartment and there was Skiddaw in the sunshine, the summit capped with snow.
I grabbed my stuff and went for it - who knew when the weather would be like this again? I wasn't feeling too energetic after a solid day travelling, but I knew the route was easy and it was a good forecast.
I packed my ice spikes which I put on pretty much straight away as the paths were icy and very slippery - they were FAB and no problems until I took them off near the bottom on my return and had a spectacular near-fall on the tarmac in a car park
My boots for this walk were a pair of old crappy leather Hi-Tecs, £3 from a charity shop - I'm in the market for a new pair I think!! However they did the job.
It is a very simple route but a long uphill slog. Thankfully the views made up for any aches and I felt really exhilarated up there. The snow made it feel magical although it wasn't deep, and I was so glad I'd brought the ice spikes as it meant I was completely secure and didn't slip once!
When I got back down and back to base I had a long hot bath to get warm again.
Glad I dragged the "big" camera up there - it was spectacular!
by davekermito » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:18 pm
looks like you had plenty of company up there - and I'm not surprised looking at those conditions!
by tdm900 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:32 pm
by MusicalHiker » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:41 pm
Even worse was Scafell Pike 3 years ago on Easter weekend - must have been a thousand inappropriately dressed people up there, with bored kids and sandals.....
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:59 pm
by trailmasher » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:31 pm
by Alteknacker » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:17 pm
I couldn't suppress a wry smile at your description of the cold - almost a year ago to the day I was up there on a similarly cold day, with similar results .
Don't be too hard on your Hi-Tecs - I find mine perfect for weather like that. They're comfortable, and take crampons if necessary, no problem. I only use "real" boots when it's heavy ice.