A cracking morning today. Quite an early start for me found me parked up in Langdale for 10am. There was a bitter wind blowing, so I put all my gear on to set off, this made my sac light except I had ice axe and spikes....I wasn't convinced I'd need them but better safe than sorry. As is usual hereabouts a few pictures follow....
|The head of Great Langdale from the ODG|
|Part way up Mickleden and my ascent route came into view, I was aiming for the grassy ridge in the centre of the image just beyond the gill containing Troughton Beck|
|Here high above Mickleden I am almost at the top of the zig-zag path which runs up the ridge.|
|Its along time since I've been here, Martcrag Moor (a Synge), there was a great view |
L-R Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike
|And from this exceptionally large boulder also on Martcrag Moor looking broadly East|
The skyline L-R Shoulder of Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Allen Crags, Great Gable, Glaramara
|I then descended over wet ground (a few more degrees of frost would have been helpful!) to the top of Stake Pass. There is a large "Broad Arrow" on the boulder in the foreground...but is it a "proper" one? I don't think so....|
|The path seems to have been improved on the ridge of Rossett Pike, I was checking alternative routes on here for a future trip.|
|Pike O'Stickle beyond Buck Pike|
|Just enough snow to make things look better? Southwest from Rossett Pike.|
|Short winter days of course, so after a bit of thought on Rossett Pike I decided to nip over to pick off the Synge of Tongue Head. There had been a fair bit of freeze/thaw so I put the microspikes on for the jog back down to Angle Tarn. I took them off there tho and didn't need them again.|
|Down Rossett Gill and into the shade! Pike O'Stickle was still blessed with the afternoon sun tho. Just the long walk out back along Mickleden.|
A grand day, sadly no Strava track...silly old fool forgot the GPS!!
A good round for a short day. Good weather again. I shamefully admit I’ve never been up onto the tops via that ridge alongside Troughton Beck. Goes to show that there’s always something new to do even in areas I have been going to for 45 yrs.ReplyDelete
Its a gem Alan! I was amazed on Wed to find that 2 folk followed me up, albeit a long way back.....it crosed my mind that perhaps they thought it was the Stake Pass?Delete
last time I used it was as a rapid descent to the valley in a Mountain Marathon!!