Posted by: sunshack | August 13, 2012

A Soggy Day on Scafell Pike

We’d missed ascending Scafell Pike last year for a whole load of reasons, but mostly because I’d been having Physiotherapy on a sore knee. This year we were determined to make it.

Yes, this is definitely the right way……

The weather had other ideas, and right from the start we faced cold, heavy rain, and foggy conditions. It was quite hard to pick up the Cairns to follow on the main route, and the rain had made Lingmell Beck over ankle deep, at the crossing point. There was only one way across, decide on which stones looked stable and go for it.

The Guidebook said…stones may be wet after rain!

As we’d started out quite early, we saw numerous 3 Peaks participants coming down. Some of them looked pretty miserable, not just wet and tired.

Just after the Hollow Stones, 2 guys came up behind us, they were following a handheld GPS, and they were lost. Normally this route is busy, we saw perhaps 20 hikers over the whole day.

We were pretty slow on our ascent, it’s a very rocky route and the stones were extremely slippery. By the time we reached the Trig Point, the fact that I had sunscreen in my pack just in case, seemed totally ridiculous.

Yes, those rocks are just as slimy and slippery as they appear

The weather improved later in the day, and the views were so much better coming down. It’s just possible to see the coast and out to sea.

Wastwater from Scafell Pike

I have had to clean my Boots and overtrousers though! So much for the English Summer!