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Scafell Scramble

Scafell Scramble

How to cope with challenging routes?

Dare I say be as unprepared as possible?

Well, not totally wear the right kit but just don’t read or look at pictures.  It had worked perfectly on Sharp Edge.  I can honestly say if I had seen the pictures of where I scrambled that day, I would never have gone.

So when there was a slight indication that  Scafell via Lord’s Rake, West Wall Traverse and Deep Gill may be challenging I chose to remain in blissful ignorance.

Challenging?  A bit, but fabulous fun.

cloudtops

Wasdale was clear but cloud clung to the top as we set off up Lingmell.

Yewbarrow

But what an atmosphere

Micledoor

I didn’t look back much on the way up Mickledore

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that had to wait until I reached the top.   Wasdale behind and

Eskd

the Esk ahead.

FatMan

I took a look through ‘Fat Man’s Agony’ but that will be another day, I hope!

Lords R

Time to stop enjoying the view, put the poles away and scramble up Lord’s Rake

needle

Squeeze through the needle before turning left

traverse

along the West Wall Traverse

DeepGill

and a final scramble up the Gill

plants

pausing to see the miniature plants hidden within

top

The top was rather an anti-climax.

Simonds

Everything swathed in mist and views were left up to the imagination, until

glimmer

there was a glimmer of light.

Scafell

Cloud slipped from the ridge

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then painted  it green.

lake

Silver filled the tarns

ochrah

ochre spilt into the valley.

wasdale

The return to Wasdale was etched in high definition

sunsetting

until the sun slid gently away.

And in case you think I was somewhat irresponsible not reading up on the route – I took someone with me who knew it like the back of his hand.  Far better than a book.

The route

ScafellMap

The Map
The book
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