Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Scafell Pike in July

It was a warm sunny morning when I took this picture high above Stockley Bridge as we made our way up Grains Gill towards the looming cliffs of Great End above us. Nine of us set out and one small brown dog; Bella, a Border Terrier, she's with Lyn our leader. Pete; that's me writing this piece, took the pictures. Everyone else is in this shot; Bridget is on Lyn's right then there's Karen on Lyn's left, then Colin, Judith, Robert from Switzerland, Wayne, and Martin from Texas on the end. We're at the bridge over Ruddy Gill, marked FB on the OS 1:25000 map just above the point where it joins Allen Gill to become Grains Gill at 234099.

The summit of Scafell Pike was shaped by some mighty volcanic upheaval and is a barren rocky place covered in tourists having lunch, here's just a few of them.

I didn't catch what Judith was saying to Karen but I recognise the place, not far below Lingmell Col on the Corridor Route; it was getting hotter all the way. In the background, just left of Judith's finger is Styhead Tarn at the southern end of the Corridor Route, and it looks a long way off!

Same place; still above 2,000ft, this time with Great Gable as a backdrop.

Lyn and Bridget still managed to look cool, despite the increasing heat in the early afternoon, as we began our descent of the Corridor Route on the way back to Stockley Bridge.

We took a short break just below Styhead Tarn where the footbridge crosses Styhead Gill at 223102 before the final steep descent down to Stockley Bridge. It was Bridget's first ascent of Scafell Pike; she'll be a mine of information now on the ups and downs of England's highest peak; Colin looks pleased to have done it too.

1 comment:

Lyn Armstrong said...

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