Thursday, 6 September 2007

Yewbarrow (6km/628m)

(Wastwater seen from Yewbarrow)

A short single summit walk. Although it was only 6km it took me about 4hrs! Most of that time was spent slipping down Stirrup Crags (see below). Those Asics trail running shoes where a big mistake but I've got my FiveTen CampFour approach shoes now! See review here.

(Stirrup crag on Yewbarrow)

Just one Wainwright ticked;
  1. Yewbarrow (628m)

Fairfield Horseshoe (15km/1100m)

(Not much to see on Hart Crag)

(Lake Windermere and Ambleside from the climb to Nab Scar)

Only between 30-70m visibility in low cloud from about 600m. Not so good for views but I got a little bit of navigation practice in there. Walking on bearings and using timings based on Naismith's Rule worked very well. My first time solo in bad visibility was quite good fun. Not sure I'm up for navigating in a whiteout though :)

And yep, I know the Fairfield Horseshoe is not exactly pathless! But it's a start.

Eight Wainwrights ticked (6 new):
  1. Nab Scar (440m)
  2. Heron Pike (612m)
  3. Great Rigg (766m)
  4. Fairfield (873m)
  5. Hart Crag (822m)
  6. Dove Crag (792m)
  7. High Pike (656m)
  8. Low Pike (508m)

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Snowdonia - (not the) Snowdon Horseshoe 31/8/07

Yep, no Wainwrights but then I was in Wales. I'd been aiming for the Snowdon Horseshoe but weather was not really suitable (cloud base around 300m). I ended up climbing Cadair Idris instead.
S'pose I should take this out but I like the photo.