Lake District - Langdale Challenge 19/11/2011

Distance - 14miles
Ascent - 5700 feet
Time - 7hrs 30min

Route - NT car park at the start of Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Ghyll - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Harrison Stickle - Loft Crag - Pike of Stickle - Stake Pass - Rossett Pike - Angle Tarn - Allen Crags - Esk Pike - Bow Fell - The Band - Back to car park

We made the 3hr long drive up to the Lake District for an early start, arriving at the car park for 8.30am to meet up with a few others. There was 5 of us attempting today's challenge. All ready we set off up the long slog of Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn.

From here we headed up into the thick fog to bag out 1st Wainwright of the day Pavey Ark. We quickly bagged two more Thunacar Knott and Harrison Stickle. From here we made the steep decent into the valley which was very slippery under foot, then came the long ascent to the summit of Loft Crag.

Then on too the slippery and tricky ascent of  Pike of Stickle witch we had fun and games on as we scrambled to the summit.

We made are way over the very boggy ground that led us over towards Stake Pass to make the climb of Rossett Pike that felt like it was never going to end. At this point a coupe in the group was starting to feel it so when we reached Allen Crags two people took the path straight to the car. The remaining three had a race against the clock to bag the final two summits before night fall.

As we made the decent from Esk Pike Radder look this cracking pic just as the fog cleared for a few mins. The light was fading as we reached Bow Fell so we quickly descended towards the road just in time for it to go dark. We meet the other two back in the pub for a well earned drink.

A big day out for this time of year.

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