Place Fell Walk in the Sunshine Feb 2013
After last week’s skiing in Italy we returned to the Lakes and found we’d missed yet another snow fall. Keen to find some white stuff and based on the MWIS forecast of “possible risk of sunburn” Emma, Morgan and I couldn’t possibly miss the chance to head up the hills yesterday. Turns out it was a good choice!!
Having left the valley floor where we live in the shadow and freezing cold it soon became clear that we were slightly overdressed. It was boiling hot by the time we got to Boredale Hause so it was time to delayer. Morgan of course was fine as long as he could find a handy beck to slurp from.
Most of the snow had gone from the fell other than in sheltered gullies although there was still some on the north facing slopes of High Street…
Even the final scramble gulley up to the summit ridge was snow free…
On the summit ridge there was still a fair amount of snow and we were treated to some great vapour trail displays over Brotherswater and High Street..
In fact the views from the summit ridge looking south were just plain awesome…
Even Morgan enjoyed them….
We were a little late setting off for once so there were a fair few people up top by the time we arrived, but not as many as I suspect there were on Helvellyn….
The big issue on top was finding water for Morgan. The pools were all frozen so it was time to get one of my boots wet and crack some ice..
He seemed a lot happier after rehydration….
It was also the first outing for my funky Crookabeck Angora Mohair Helvellyn Walking Socks. Highly recommended – warm, comfortable and best of all they dried out very quickly having been dunked in cold icy water whilst making Morgan’s water hole…
After the obligatory fag break it was time to head off piste a little to try and get some good shots on the edge..
We also had some great views across the dale to our Glenridding Cottages.
The views on the way back down to Patterdale were none too shabby….
Having made it back down it was time for a final splash in the beck for Morgan and then a trip to his favourite Patterdale Village Store for a few extra biscuits…
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