Log 8 Sept 2012

ESKDALE WEEK END 7 – 9 SEPTEMBER 2012
 
Kevin, Malcolm, Fraser, Allan and Donald set off around 09:30 on Friday in a fairly well laden car.  The first stop was The Screes (the inn, not the hill) at Nether Wasdale where fortifications were taken before lunch and the tackling of SEATALLAN 692m.  Low cloud hung over Cumbria all day but the track up to Greendale Tarn was quite pleasant.  The final 300m without visibility and in humid conditions was a bit of a grind but a good rest was had at the trig and summit cairn where Allan’s Seat was prepared and hopefully appreciated.  Return was made over Middle Fell.  We arrived at Eskdale YH in failing light to be greeted by Noelle who had acted as Sherpa carrying food and gear down from Glasgow after a “hard day’s work”.
On Saturday Malcolm and Allan took the narrow gauge railway down to Ravenglass on the coast and walked the 10k back over MUNCASTER FELL 231m.  Closet Marilyn baggers or steam enthusiasts?
 
The rest of us in one car drove to Wasdale Head to tackle the big 3 to the north.  The cloud still hadn’t lifted as we climbed a direct line to the summit of GREAT GABLE 899m.  There were various parties lunching there and hoping for the cloud to disperse. A steep descent and a short pull up to KIRK FELL 802m brought visibility, blue skies, a warm breeze and a lifting of spirits where required.  A scramble was needed down to Black Sail Pass where Fraser opted to descend to the pub “for sustenance”.  The remaining three further sub-divided at Looking Stead with Donald taking the High Level Route through the crags past Robinsons Cairn and the base of Pillar Rock- an excellent diversion in stunning rock scenery.  Kevin and Noelle had an opportunity to look down into the corries from above.  PILLAR summit 892m provided some shelter from the freshening wind before descending to Wind Gap and the track down Mosedale to meet up with Fraser at Wasdale Head Inn.  The Woolpack (500m from EskdaleYH) provided a second evening’s diversion or entertainment.
 
Two cars set off for the 393m summit of Hardknott Pass on Sunday.  At 30%, the steepest public road in England gave easy access to the eponymous hill 549m.and Roman Fort aka Mediobogdum.  Fraser’s history lesson resulted in at least one member considering a Laconicum when applying for their next house extension.  This was a prelude to The SCREES (the hill not the inn).  The Screes comprises Whin Rigg 535m and ILLGILL HEAD 609m which were accessed from Wasdale Hall YH.  Superb views were had of the previous day’s hills and the Scafells.  Had we opted for the clockwise round we would have been rewarded with views of the Irish Sea and Sellafield.  Descent was by the less direct route northeast of the summit and along the Lakeside path which led over some massive boulders or rockfalls.  Allan had taken a lower level walk and had arrived at The Screes (the inn not the hill) before the others who just escaped the oncoming rain which seemed to continue till we all got back home around 21:30.
Report by Donald Irvine