Thursday, 19 April 2018

Braithwaite loop April 2018

For this trip i traveled up through the heart of the Lakes to start from Braithwaite,a drive up early doors was a joy and i was there in  just over an hour.

Lee soon arrived and we were off,the first peak was to be Hobcarton End a Birkett we both needed, so we wondered through the forest in a weaving line till we could head upwards

The day was dry with high cloud and only a little wind at first,we followed the ridges round and onto Hopegill Head

The original idea had been to carry on over towards Robinson,but it looked like we would get a great sunrise and neither of us had camped on the summit of Grasmoor,so we changed tack 

We pitched up around 4 ish and it was a cracking evening and nice sunset too

Tea was my last one,from my last bulk buy and was very tasty,ive had 4 of these now 

As Tucas quilt in prime position for tonights sleep

The wind had got up a little but there was some nice light

Above is the colour still in the sky over an hour after sunset,below the only night pic i got that was sharpish.The wind had got up ealier than forcast and was blowing a good 30-40 mph the temp dropped down to around 4c 

 Dawn was muted and very windy,id had a bit of a problem around 12-1 am as the wind had pushed my Pacer pole handles further into the ground,causing it to flap,i finally dressed and walked to the summit cairn and returned with two large flat stones,those in place the noise left and i could sleep again

Thankfully it was treat breakfast again 

The wind was fierce and constant as we carried on over Crag hill and Sail.Lee needed the Birkett on the end of Causey pike ridge so we headed that way,but the wind at times nearly stopped you in your tracks.Mr Tramplite we saw was in the area but sadly we missed bumping in to him.Hes up for a rather long walk around all these mountains, in a weeks time...tough walk but a tough fella ...good luck Collin

 Day 1 came in at 15k and 1361 m Acent 
 Day 2 came in at 11k and 673 m Ascent

The drive home was sadly over 35 minutes longer,but it was a good trip and dry all the way round too

Heres a video i did of the trip,thanks for looking and safe travels Peter

Friday, 6 April 2018

Wasdale,wild camp March/April 2018

So as sometimes is the way of these things Plan A got changed to plan B which then 30 mins after setting off was changed again ! due to the strong constant winds that we had on Saturday, plan C it was then  

Even though the Scotland trip had fallen through ive always loved the view i get as you descend of the Birker fell road and drop down onto the Stunning Eskdale side of this big moor 

We met up on the side of Wastwater and the whole loch was a mass of "White horses" was a windy day already.So much so we ended up camped between Seatallan and Haycock,behind a small outcrop we discovered 

Plan B was a two night trip going up to Haycock round to Red pike then down and over the Screes to return to the cars,parked on Wastwater

Even after we had climbed only a little hieght the wind was showing itself that it was going to be a struggle today,the gusts were not huge,maybe 50's ,but the constants were 25-35 mph

We chatted as we headed up and out of the valley and after a while we decided to stay lower down..the winds and windchill made even the eyes smart so when we found a spot more sheltered we pitched up, still 500m not to bad 

Lee recently repurchased another Trailstar and we were both suprised as the difference in colour,Ron thinks mines from an older batch as mine is only 2 yrs old being a replacment for my original purchased in late 2010 

Tea was another excellent,tasty meal from the people at Basecamp foods


The wind died off later in the evening but was still swirling around  with a nasty bite to it,Lees water had some ice bits inside the next mornings so i guess we got a few degrees of frost over night 

Dawn was a bit muted but looked good still with the cloud still being pushed over head quickly..can see it better on the video

We made our way up to Haycock and then headed North following the fence and wall, then had a nice short walk out to Steeples summit and back

A zoomed in picture of Gable so quality not so good 

Lee and has beautiful Tramplite pack taking in the views 

" The chair " on the south end of Red pikes summit...the best place to sit and enjoy the mighty view 

Lee taking in the view of the Scafells from Red pike 

As the forecast was for heavy snow Lee was keen to back over to his side of the A66 and as it was Oscars 11th birthday i also decided to head home

Looking at the webcam and judging by the weather at home the next day i was glad we shortened it to a one night trip,thanks for looking and safe travels Peter 

                         Day 1 was 7.53k and 623m Ascent
                         Day 2 was 12.5k and 700m Ascent