Bowfell Wainwright 133

With an old school friend up visiting and he is a keen fell walker too, it would be wrong not to hit the hills. I had a few wainwrights in the Langdale area to tick off. Rich was meeting a friend later at the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel.

I had sorted out a route taking in Bowfell, Esk pike, Allen crags and Rossett pike. As we arrived in the car park, looked up and saw the summits shrouded in cloud. Not a good thing for a fair weather hiker!

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Another outing for my fab new Montane jacket.

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So off up the well defined and trodden path “the band”. I had forgotten how relentless it was. The weather was dry but looking up it was not getting any clearer 😦 but at least could see back towards the valley.

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My pacer poles are just such a great addition to my walking kit. I love them, they really do save the knee strain and make excellent help when crossing becks or boggy land.
As we walked up the cloud came down really quickly, I felt despondent and said shall we turn back. Rich and Dave said we are not far from the summit and at least we would have achieved something. On we pushed, scrambling our way to the summit cairn. The wind had got up and neatly blew me off my feet! Wainwright 133 done.

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We got off the top, took shelter to have a cup of coffee and a chocolate biscuit. Nothing tastes better than this on a blustery mountain. I had forgotten the hill essential – chocolate brownie!!
My new water bottle had it’s first outing!

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Despite the weather we were still smiling!

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So back down the unforgiving band path. But as we descended the cloud lifted and had fantastic views of the hills.

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Soon the car was in sight and more importantly our walkers reward!
A pint of Barngates in the Stickle Barn was well deserved.


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