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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Winter Wonderland!!

Friday 18th December

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.



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Starting the climb up the side of Glaramara, heading for Hind Gill, beside Hind Crag



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The rising sun lighting up Grey Knots



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An illustration of how cold it was, 2ft long icicles



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The view down Borrowdale to Skiddaw bathed in early morning sunshine



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A zoomed in photo over Castle Crag to Skiddaw


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The very cold looking north face of Great End, with Central Gulley prominent, that we climbed a few winters ago.

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Looking across to Great Gable and Pillar from Glaramara summitt.

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Skiddaw massif and Belncathra from Glaramara

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The Helvellyn ridge from Glaramara

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Looking across Allen Crags to Bowfell, Esk Pike and Great End

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Zoomed in shot of Skiddaw and Blencathra from Glaramara

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Great Gable

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Pillar

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Skiddaw across Derwent Water

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Blencathra

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Tom on Glaramara summitt

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Me on Glaramara summit

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A frozen lincomb Tarn with Great End in the background

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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.

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Bowfell from Allen Crags summitt

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Langdale Pikes with Windermere in the background

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Tom on Allen Crags summitt

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Me on Allen Crags summitt

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Zoomed in shot of the Langdale Pikes from Allen Crags

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Scafell Pike from Great End summitt plateau

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Great Gable from Great End summitt

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Mosedale fells from Great End

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Scafell Pike from Great End summitt

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Me on Great End summitt

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The Napes crags on Great Gable

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Start of the descent down Grains Gill

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A partly frozen waterfall halfway down Grains Gill

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An extremely enjoyable walk, on a bitterly cold day, but the superb clarity and extensive views made it all worthwhile.


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