Monday, July 07, 2014

Slight Side

At the weekend Tony, Allan, Brian, Gabby & Roo were camping at Nether Wasdale & invited us to join them.  The weather forecast (& indeed the weather) was awful for Friday so we decided to go over on Saturday morning.
The walk they were doing was one we had done before, but there was a fell in Eskdale we still had to climb so we headed to the campsite.  Tony & crew hadn’t left when we arrived so we said our hello’s, put the small tent up & then headed off in our different directions for a days walk.
The rain the day before meant the falls on Whillan Beck were very impressive.
It was again about a 10 mile walk & we could see the fell for most of the walk in.
We head to Eel Tarn
Then past Stony Tarn with Harter Fell in the background (the other one to the one we climbed the week before)
The cloud is just catching Sca Fell, we are heading to the fell on the right
It lifts as we get a little closer
It’s one of those fells that don’t seem to get closer as we walk
The path has been quite vague for much of it
The route has been quite gentle until this point, we now have 300m of steep ascent to the summit
Looking back down the scree slope we have climbed
Lots of little tarns below us, giving an idea of how wet it had been underfoot
A bit of a scramble to the summit
Eel Tarn looks a long way away from here
The nearly summit photo, it was a bit blowy on top, Slight Side (748m)
We retrace our steps, Crag manages to find a stick in this barren landscape & wants it thrown for about the next 20 mins
A shortcut, not really too many ferns, a diversion is found
We had a couple of footbridges to survey,  you are about a mile from the road here, I guess Tesco don’t make a great profit on this!
Back at the tent, just the small one this time, but a stunning location again
And we have a worn out boy
Great to catch up with Tony & his crew & a good evening was had by all.

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