Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hope - The idwal slabs

We've had a climbing shortage this year! With a spare day from annual leave at work there was an opportunity to go climbing. I'd been watching the weather for a few days it looked as though the rain could break, we might be lucky!

We'd planned on climbing on the Idwal Slabs, Hope seemed like an excellent option. We arrived fairly early from South Yorkshire to wonderful blue skies, wow, perfect we were both eager to climb in these wonderful mountains.

llyn Idwal onad Pen Yr Olwen in the background

The walk to the Idwal slabs from Ogwen cottage is quick and easy with wonderful views of Llyn Idwal the Glyders and the wonderful geology of the Devils Kitchen. All these features never cease to amaze.

The crag glistened with the remaining water from yesterdays rain. I headed off on the first pitch with a few wobbles the climbing was enjoyable and I was soon back into it.

We climbed some wonderfully long climbing pictures it was great to get our skills back in order.
The descent from the top of the slab was rather exciting we had to continue scrambling to the top and traverse across to a descent gully. Fortunately arrows scratched into the rock indicate a sensible scrambling line. However the descent gully was decidedly precarious, we rigged an abseil to take us past the tricky part of the descent.
As I looked back at Glyder Fawr I became fascinated and tempted by that fantastic line of Hope, Lazarus and Grey slabs on Glyder Fawr.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Nine Edges Challenge 2016

This year is the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Edale Mountain Rescue team the nine edges challenge is primarily a fund raising event for the team. Its an excellent event involving walkers, climbers and runners. The challenge is to walk, run, climb over the nine gritstone edges Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms and Birchens. Starting at the Fairholmes near Ladybower with an ascent of Back Tor the run finishes at the Robin Hood Inn finishers receive a beer token great motivation indeed.

This year Bryce decided to start running again his first race was to be the nine edges challenge. We both used to run about 20 years ago. This run is a special event as his great uncle, Fred Heardman was a founder of the Edale mountain rescue team. Bryce decided to raise money for the Edale mountain rescue team in memory of his great uncle.

Bryce's Edale Nine Edges - Endurance pageiven Conditions for this years race we're excellent cool and still, the only downside was being slightly midge bitten as we chatted at the start. We were soon on our way and plodding up towards Back tor. I started flagging around the steady climb up Curbar gap and to be quite honest my effort over Birchens and Gardoms was quite poor a mildly redeemed myself with a faster ran down from Birchens and back to the Robin Hood for a pint. Both Bryce and myself completed and thoroughly enjoyed the route. It was great to have the support of  walkers on the edges and of course of our families too! Another challenge is the Colne-Rowsley challenge as described in an article in  The Guardian, this was the idea of Fred Heardman over 50 years ago.

Friday, August 12, 2016

deep gyhll stunner

We had been planning this Ghyll scramble from the beginning of  our holiday in the lakes and on the last full day (Friday) we accomplished it. It was 9 and a half miles and some of these miles were very hard as we were walking up across heather and many other plants for around a mile to exit the beck and climb onto the ridge. Today we planned to go up Haycock via Deep Gyhll and then come back down along another ridge of Haycock.

After we had walked around two miles we got to a bridge and the bridge was where we got are first view of the beck we were going to scramble up (Deep Ghyll). From here we could see how steep it was, though we had already looked at the map, and that it would be hard work leaving the river.

Here is another picture of the river as we crossed another bridge. The path that we were following then was hard to keep track of as their had been floods at the start of the year , however we still managed to find it.
In this picture you can see on the left where we walked up onto the ridge leading us to Haycock which was our summit of the day. From here we could see that near the top would be really misty and the visibility wouldn't be very good.
We had to check the map to check that this was the right Ghyll and that we had left the path at the right point. We put our waterproofs on and set off up the river. Unfortunately for me i fell in a few times. :)
This is me in the river as we had just entered the deep waters of the gyhll .
Here is my dad standing with his feet covered in water! :)
I am now standing in the chill of the water. It was absolutly freezing and i hoped to have a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream, when i got home.
Here is another view of the river, you can see in this picture that the ground wouldn't be to pleasant to  walk on, fortunately we made it, even in the bad visibility.

In this picture you can see Ennerdale water which we walked around a bit to get to this point. you could see the waters all the time until we got high enough when there was to much mist and fog to see it down below.
This is a view from when we were walking up cross country in the heather and the bilberry plants.
This picture was taken near the top of Haycock we thought it was funny had the sheep was pink. He must have got extra paint on him when he was being marked by the farmer.
Here is another picture of the pink sheep and his friends! Haycock isnt a major mountain but its 2618 feet.
This is a picture from when we finally got our visibility back and you can see Ennerdale water in this picture.
This is me walking back i dared myself to jump in every puddle i see.
This was the best puddle to jump in, however my waterproofs got soaked. I really enjoyed this day out , because it was lots of fun scrambling up the river and walking through powerful waves.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Scafell Pike and the Corridor Route

Our day on Englands highest mountain was on of mixed weather making for an exciting day. We walked a route chosen by Keisha and Louis, a circuit starting from Wasdale head. Our route headed east along Lingmell Gill. Lingmell looks such a wonderful mountain. We joined the crowds but as we headed up the path leading to Mickeldore the crowds thinned out as the clouds thickened a bit more. Mickledore is the name of the pass between Scafell and Scafell Pike.

We enjoyed spotting some of the climbing routes on Pikes Crag and Scafell it was good to finally scramble across the boulders and pikes of Scafell to make the final summit. Visibility was fine.

As we descended Scafell pike in a north east direction towards Broad crag the rain decided to start. Descending from the pass to join the corridor route the heavens opened we received a substantial soaking! However by the time we had proceeded a little way along towards the corridor route  the rain stopped and it brightened up.

The corridor route is a fantastic passage through wonderful mountain country. We made good progress and on arrival at Sty Head I tempted Louis and Keisha with another peak they were both concerned that we arrive back at Wasdale head in good time. With a sensible decision made we wandered down the Moses trod path to Wasdale head. We were early but enjoyed a drink in the pub at the end.

Lingmell Gill with Mickledore in the distance

The paths up scafell are excellent quality as we climbed onto Mickledore, unsurprisingly the path became steeper and more challenging as we had to walk across increasing patches of scree.
Looking towards Scafell from Mickledore.

Looking back to Scafell

Louis near the summit cairn

Fantastic river gorge on Lingmell
Sty Head
Sty Head Tarn
The return path to Lingmell Beck and the Moses trod path

Nearing wasddale head Yewbarrow fell in the distance

Amazing Arch, please don't jump up and down!
A pint at the pub!