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An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine


Postby dav2930 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:39 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blea Rigg, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Harrison Stickle, Helm Crag, High Raise (Central Fells), Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott

Hewitts included on this walk: Harrison Stickle, High Raise (Central Fells)

Date walked: 27/10/2018

Time taken: 8

Distance: 18.5 km

Ascent: 1123m

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With an excellent forecast, Saturday 27th October seemed a good opportunity to do this walk, which I'd had in mind for a bit. Did a similar route on October 11th 2015 (I can hardly believe that was three years ago!) as part of Karl's mission to bag all the Wainwrights, but logistically that meant taking in Silver Howe, all the Langdale Pikes and Tarn Crag. This time we could miss out the awkward outliers and include instead High Raise and the splendid Calf Crag - Helm Crag ridge, with the bonus of combining the two scrambles of Jack's Rake and the Howitzer.


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A couple of days prior I'd badly cut two fingers on my right hand which entailed a visit to Minor Injuries, landing me with two bulky dressings. The excellent nurse told me the dressings needed to stay on for five days and be kept clean and dry. Luckily the cuts were on the backs of my fingers, so with a bit of care I'd still be able to manage the scrambles (though I didn't tell the nurse that :lol: ).

The weather was sunny, crisp and clear. Going up Easedale it was very windy and we wondered if it would be blowing a hoolie on the tops.

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Cascade in Sourmilk Gill


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Easedale Tarn and Tarn Crag


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Over Easedale Tarn to the Helvellyn range


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Stickle Tarn, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark


Fortunately the wind didn't seem to get any worse with height, and the foot of Jack's Rake was quite sheltered, so we sat down for coffee and a bite. Just as the views and the warm sunshine began to impinge themselves on us, at least ten people turned up, complete with helmets, obviously intent on the Rake. We let them get on with it. Then a few others appeared and we let them get on with it too.

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At the start of Jack's Rake


Meantime I remembered the words of the nurse and decided I'd wear a pair of liner gloves to keep my finger dressings as clean as possible. Keeping them dry would just be a matter of avoiding contact with wet rock or vegetation.

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To be kept clean and dry on nurse's orders!


Once the others had reached the rowan at the top of the first steep section, we set off up the Rake ourselves.

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Karl coming up the Rake


Higher up we kept to the left edge which allowed us to by-pass a couple of chaps who were struggling a bit in the trench.

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Folks further up


At the big ledge above, the main group had stopped and kindly allowed us through.

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Stickle Tarn, Langdale and Windernere


We were expecting the wind to hit us strongly as we exited the Rake onto the summit rocks of Pavey Ark, but it was just a chilly breeze really. There was some ice about, though, which showed how much colder it had turned since the mild weather of the previous few days. The compensation was the clarity of the views. :)

Onward to Harrison Stickle, then the enjoyable walk over Thunacar Knott and High Raise to Greenup Edge.

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View east from Harrison Stickle


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Summit of Harrison Stickle looking to the Coniston fells


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Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Pike o' Sickle, Great End, Gable


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Great End, Allen Crags, the Gables, top of Pillar


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Glaramara and the north-western fells from Thunacar Knot


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Thunacar Knot, popular as ever!


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Summit of High Raise, looking up Langstrath to Esk Pike


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Skiddaw from High Raise


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Rosthwaite Fell and the north-western fells from High Raise


The path down from Greenup is currently in a rough state but is being repaired. Easier ground is soon reached and a short ascent leads to the summit of Calf Crag.

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Summit of Calf Crag, looking back to Greenup Edge


Just past the summit was a nice sheltered spot with grass to sit on and a south-facing wall of rock to lean against - ideal for a siesta! :D

After this we were well fortified for the excellent ridge traverse to Helm Crag.

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Helm Crag from Gibson Knott


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The Howitzer


Nice little scramble to the top of the Howitzer. Bit too breezy for any balancing acts though!

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Karl on his way up the Howitzer


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The Lion and the Lamb


Beautiful late afternoon light as we made our way back down to Grasmere.

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Grasmere from The Lion


Stopped at The Sportsman's on the way back home for a pint of Snecklifter and a healthy bowl of chips. Nice day out! :D
Last edited by dav2930 on Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: An Easdale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:19 pm

Great photos of one of my favourite parts of the world!

The route you chose has things of interest every step of the way.

Despite my many visits to this area, I have only done Jack's Rake once, and by coincidence I approached it from Easedale.

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Re: An Easdale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby amiwicksy » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:05 pm

Wow what fantastic pics and stunning weather for you looks like you had a cracking time, such a lovely part of the country too have to get back there and do more

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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:17 pm

What perfect weather to enjoy this wonderful place in! I've been intending to get back up here after my only venture hitherto a few years ago in snow and clag, perhaps a multi-day trip...
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Re: An Easdale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby dav2930 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:54 pm

HalfManHalfTitanium wrote:Great photos of one of my favourite parts of the world!

The route you chose has things of interest every step of the way.

Despite my many visits to this area, I have only done Jack's Rake once, and by coincidence I approached it from Easedale.

Tim

Thanks Tim :)

Yes, we enjoyed this route very much; I think the Easedale approach to Stickle Tarn has a lot to commend it. The weather being as it was I took an awful lot of photos, and it was difficult whittling them down to the required number for the report! :roll:

amiwicksy wrote:Wow what fantastic pics and stunning weather for you looks like you had a cracking time, such a lovely part of the country too have to get back there and do more

Ami

Thanks very much Ami :)

We were certainly very lucky with the weather and, yes, we did have a cracking time. You'd really have to try hard not to get a few decent photos on a day like that! :lol:

The Lakes is a very special place and I feel privileged to live on its doorstep.

Alteknacker wrote:What perfect weather to enjoy this wonderful place in! I've been intending to get back up here after my only venture hitherto a few years ago in snow and clag, perhaps a multi-day trip...

Thanks AK - yep, it was about time we got some decent weather on a weekend! :lol:

It certainly is a wonderful place. I hope the weather gods are kinder for your next visit! :D
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:52 am

Looked a lovely day out in the fells, such a picturesque part as your fine pics show.
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby dav2930 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:59 pm

johnkaysleftleg wrote:Looked a lovely day out in the fells, such a picturesque part as your fine pics show.

Thanks JK. Yes it was a real treat. You can certainly understand why Wordsworth chose to live in Grasmere. :)
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:19 pm

dav2930 wrote:
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Looked a lovely day out in the fells, such a picturesque part as your fine pics show.

Thanks JK. Yes it was a real treat. You can certainly understand why Wordsworth chose to live in Grasmere. :)


I'd be very fat if I lived in Grasmere, can't resist that gingerbread :oops:
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby dav2930 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:08 pm

johnkaysleftleg wrote:
dav2930 wrote:
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Looked a lovely day out in the fells, such a picturesque part as your fine pics show.

Thanks JK. Yes it was a real treat. You can certainly understand why Wordsworth chose to live in Grasmere. :)


I'd be very fat if I lived in Grasmere, can't resist that gingerbread :oops:

:lol: Yeah, I think I'd be the same - far too many tea shops selling sticky buns and fancy cakes! :crazy:
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby past my sell by date » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:59 pm

Great pics of a great walk. Takes me back 25-30 years. Hate to think how many times I've been round there. We used normally to set off up Silver Howe from the top of Red Bank. Sergeant Man appeared on the horizon early on but took an age to reach. Descent by Far Easdale - late lamented Deerbield Crag :( - or ridge to Lion and lamb
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby dav2930 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:42 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Great pics of a great walk. Takes me back 25-30 years. Hate to think how many times I've been round there. We used normally to set off up Silver Howe from the top of Red Bank. Sergeant Man appeared on the horizon early on but took an age to reach. Descent by Far Easdale - late lamented Deerbield Crag :( - or ridge to Lion and lamb

Thanks Tony. Yeah it was a shame when Deer Bield Buttress collapsed, classic Arthur Dolphin route consigned to oblivion, never got round to doing it. I'm hoping Overhanging Bastion on Castle Rock might be climbable again after the recent big rockfall there :think: :)
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Re: An Easedale round in Autumn sunshine

Postby past my sell by date » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:53 pm

dav2930 wrote:Thanks Tony. Yeah it was a shame when Deer Bield Buttress collapsed, classic Arthur Dolphin route consigned to oblivion, never got round to doing it. I'm hoping Overhanging Bastion on Castle Rock might be climbable again after the recent big rockfall there :think: :)

Sometime around 1960 I started up the Chimney and got to the point where you look thru to the crack, but everything shook and was scarily loose, and the traverse out R was a mass of green slime so not surprisingly I retreated :lol: :lol:
I thought the rockfall was taking out the top of OB - but I've not been there since the crack even appeared
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