Todays eagerly waited walk saw Tom and myself getting an early start to head up to Seathwaite, to climb Glaramara, then Allen Crags across Esk Hause and up onto Great End. The forecast was for a clear but very cold day, and it was spot on, leaving home to a full sky of stars, we drove into Borrowdale with great anticipation as there was only a small amount of cloud hugging the tops of the higher fells, but as the sun rose it slowly lifted to leave a nice clear sky. It was -5 when we parked up but no wind meant it was ok, but as we reached the fell tops the wind must have took the wind chill temperature to -15ish, bitterly cold, and not a day for hanging around, but with such clear conditions, and superb views the camera stops where frequent, as you see below.
A cold but clear start from Seathwaite Farm.
Starting the climb up the side of Glaramara, heading for Hind Gill, beside Hind Crag
The rising sun lighting up Grey Knots
An illustration of how cold it was, 2ft long icicles
The view down Borrowdale to Skiddaw bathed in early morning sunshine
A zoomed in photo over Castle Crag to Skiddaw
The very cold looking north face of Great End, with Central Gulley prominent, that we climbed a few winters ago.
Looking across to Great Gable and Pillar from Glaramara summitt.
Skiddaw massif and Belncathra from Glaramara
The Helvellyn ridge from Glaramara
Looking across Allen Crags to Bowfell, Esk Pike and Great End
Zoomed in shot of Skiddaw and Blencathra from Glaramara
Skiddaw across Derwent Water
Tom on Glaramara summitt
Me on Glaramara summit
A frozen lincomb Tarn with Great End in the background
A close up shot of Central Gulley, we had a great day climbing the gulley a few winters ago, not enough snow in there yet, climbing pictures below are from a few winters ago when we climbed the gulley.
Bowfell from Allen Crags summitt
Langdale Pikes with Windermere in the background
Tom on Allen Crags summitt
Me on Allen Crags summitt
Zoomed in shot of the Langdale Pikes from Allen Crags
Scafell Pike from Great End summitt plateau
Great Gable from Great End summitt
Mosedale fells from Great End
Scafell Pike from Great End summitt
Me on Great End summitt
The Napes crags on Great Gable
Start of the descent down Grains Gill
A partly frozen waterfall halfway down Grains Gill
An extremely enjoyable walk, on a bitterly cold day, but the superb clarity and extensive views made it all worthwhile.