Wednesday 14th March 2006
Only three members of the club braved the weather on 14th March for a long strenuous walk up Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak (978m/ 3210ft)
The three members who set off at 6am from Goole reached Langdale Valley (Lake District) at 8.45am. They set off at 9am carrying burgeons weighing about 45 lb each loaded with ropes, ice picks, food, crampons and survival equipment.
The route took them along Langdale valley for about 1 mile, then a very steep climb up Stake Pass. Snow at this point was in places a foot deep which made the going tough and exhausting. Once up at Angle Tarn the Sun came out and off came some of the warm clothing. At the half way point at about 900 meters high and 2 hours into the climb the snow on the ground was turning to ice in places. The crampons where put on which were for Safety rather than comfort. The top of Scafell Pike was reached at 2pm and with a temperature of -15c only one photo was managed due to the camera failing. The sky was clear and views of the Isle of Man, the Irish Sea and the rest of the Lakes were fantastic. It made the 5 hours accent worthwhile. The decent was less work with great views of Great Gable and a stop off at Angle Tarn for a go at practicing their ice climbing, using ropes, ice picks, crampons and climbing equipment. The pub down in Langdale Valley was reached at 5pm where a cup of soup and a few Whiskey shots where needed.
Report by Jon Brown