Scafell Pike 14th July 2003.

This was my second ascent of Englands highest mountain and the weather was hot and sunny with an almost cloudless sky. My route began from the National Trust car park at Brackenclose up to Hollow Stones via Brown Tongue and then onto the pedestrian motorway to the summit. I had planned my descent to be from Lingmell Col across the corridor route to Styhead and then back down to Wasdale Head and Brackenclose.

Well things don't always go as planned. By the time I got to Hollow Stones I had consumed all the water I carried so having reached the summit and got back down to Lingmell Col, I had become very thirsty. I then proceeded to find the Corridor route.

I did not have much success and became unsure whether I was on the corridor route or not. (Didn't own a GPS then) By this time I had become very dehydrated and therefore made the decision to retrace my steps to Lingmell Col and thus Hollow Stones, Brown Tongue and back down to Brackenclose. Also it was late afternoon by now and I didn't want to be on the mountain in the dark which is what would have happened had I carried on picking my way across my original route to Styhead. I think the thought of a nice cool pint of lager waiting at the Screes Inn Nether Wasdale where I was staying was the only thing that got me back down to the car park at Brackenclose. And I very rarely drink lager.

The view of Wastwater from the Brown Tongue path.
The view of Wastwater from the Brown Tongue path.

 

Looking across the slope of Lingmell towards Yewbarrow.
Looking across the slope of Lingmell towards Yewbarrow.

 

Approaching Scafell Pike summit.
Approaching Scafell Pike summit.

 

The view of Broad Stand, Mickledore, Lords Rake and Scafell from Scafell Pike summit.
The view of Broad Stand, Mickledore, Lords Rake and Scafell from Scafell Pike summit.

 

Scafell Pike summit cairn.
Scafell Pike summit cairn.

 

Scafell Pike summit
Did I mention that Scafell Pike summit is a little bit rocky.

 

Another view of Broad Stand, Mickledore, Lords Rake, Scafell and Wastwater.
Another view of Broad Stand, Mickledore, Lords Rake, Scafell and Wastwater.

 

Looking Southeast are Great Carrs, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, Caw and Harter Fell.
Looking Southeast are Great Carrs, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, Caw and Harter Fell.

 

Crinkle Crags from Scafell Pike.
Crinkle Crags from Scafell Pike.

 

Bowfell from Scafell Pike.
Bowfell from Scafell Pike.

 

Pillar, Kirkfell Great Gable and Green Gable from Scafell Pike.
Pillar, Kirkfell Great Gable and Green Gable from Scafell Pike.

 

Styhead Tarn and behind it, Base Brown from Scafell Pike.
Styhead Tarn and behind it, Base Brown from Scafell Pike.

 

Scafell, Wastwater, Middle Fell and Yewbarrow from Scafell Pike. Too hazy for a view of the Isle Of Man.
Scafell, Wastwater, Middle Fell and Yewbarrow from Scafell Pike. Too hazy for a view of the Isle Of Man.

 

Lingmell Crag, Kirkfell and in the foreground the start of Piers Gill from near Lingmell Col.
Lingmell Crag, Kirkfell and in the foreground the start of Piers Gill from near Lingmell Col.

After the thirsty experience of running out of water and not sure if it was safe to drink from streams, I now carry water purification tablets in my rucksack for use if nessessary.

Camera: Fujifilm Finepix 6800 Zoom.

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