Log 10 Nov 2013

LAKE DISTRICT WEEKEND -  8-10 NOVEMBER 2013

Conditions on the Friday were fine until 14:30 when rain, increasing wind and some hail and soft snow started.
The largest group made an ascent of BLENCATHRA via Sharp Edge, finding the going a little slippery at times.    Donald, Malcolm and Fraser made for Donald’s last Marilyn in England, KNOTT via eastern fells including the attractive Carrock Fell.   By the time the objective was reached, the elements facilitated the icing and watering of the malt.   The last hour back to the car was undertaken on tarmac country lanes in the dark.  Allan and Derek Hall had a pleasant walk, hoping that they might meet the others, but had not noted that other hills in the area have Knott in the name.

Saturday conditions again started fair with pleasant sunshine, but around noon greatly increased wind brought driving hail, sleet and snow, particularly on the higher tops.    Malcolm and Donald made an anticlockwise circuit from Grasmere, taking in HELM  CRAG , round to Sergeant Man and down beside Easdale Tarn.    Helm Crag provided good scrambling on the ‘Howitzer’.   Allan and Fraser had a leisurely walk up to the beautiful  Easdale Tarn, but the prospect of facing into horizontal hail on the ascent to Sergeant Man made the prospect of hot soup and beer in the comfort of a bar too attractive.
Noelle, Keith, Kevin, John, Eunice, Robert and Phil set off early on foot to make a circuit of FAIRFIELD, round Rydal Head,  Hart Crag, High Pike and down to Ambleside, with a long walk back to Grasmere.   They had the best of the weather in the morning, and the worst for a long spell in the afternoon.

On Saturday evening all remained in the hostel, most escaping the cramped members’ kitchen to sample a fine meal provided by the hostel.  A varied and attractive menu at a very reasonable cost was served with efficiency and style and much enjoyed by all.

Sunday was a superb day of calm sunshine and excellent visibility in all directions.    The main group parked at New Dungeon Ghyll, and Robert  has provided a report on that.   Malcolm, Donald and Fraser parked at New Dungeon Ghyll.    Malcolm and Donald headed off for a circuit of BOWFELL and Crinkle Crags, with some scrambling on frozen ground with a covering of new snow.   Fraser left them near the start for a clockwise traverse of PIKE OF BLISCO, an attractive double summit with some opportunities for clambering and scrambling around the top.   The prospect of meeting the other two for the walk back down did not materialise, as there was about an hour difference in the length of the two routes.   A good fire and choice of refreshments in the Walkers and Climbers Bar rounded of a superb day before the return drive home.

On Sunday Noelle, Keith, Phil, Kevin and Robert headed to the Langdale Pikes.
Set off from the National Trust car park at New Dungeon Ghyll at about 09:00.   A steep climb took us to Stickle Tarn in less than an hour.
From there, we climbed Pavey Ark via Jack’s Rake – an excellent scramble that provided great fun and enough of a challenge without taking us too far out our comfort zone. Weather was warm and sunny, with clear skies and amazing views – perfect conditions.
From Pavey Ark we headed a short distance north-west to Thunacar Knott. After a quick snack Harrison Stickle was next on the list, and then Pike O’Stickle. Last up was Loft Crag. There was no great distance between the tops but lots of up and down. The fantastic weather brought loads of walkers out, so tops were pretty crowded.
By 15:30 we were back at New Dungeon Ghyll, enjoying a pint of ale in the Sticklebarn and reflecting on a top weekend.
(This last report was provided by Robert Wight)
 
This report was delayed, and ‘recollected in tranquillity’ as appropriate for our party visiting Wordsworth country.  It is based on various conversations.   It was  highly enjoyable, and we have to thank Noelle for making and co-ordinating the arrangements.