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Climbing Great Britain

Early photographic adventures ... the very first time I started to take pictures in sequences rather than individual shots, was on an outdoor activity trip with my school. We travelled up in a minibus and stayed in an old youth hostel overlooking Derwentwater.

I brought my 35mm transparencies home to show my parents who, on seeing that breath-taking scenery projected, took up mountain walking. After 20 years of climbing Great Britain at weekends,
they retired to the Lake District ... to conquer Wainwright's Lakeland Fells.

So I still have a regular connection and affinity with that area and that landscape.

THE MOUNTAIN FILES record the personal notes and photography, of some of the walks and climbs I have made with Mom and Dad ... in their lifetime of climbing Great Britain.

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CROSS REFERENCE – The Wainwrights by Year

∆ Blencathra

This impressive lump of rock stands in splendid isolation to the northeast of Keswick. It’s usually fairly quiet in comparison to the other big-name fells, especially if you start out early. The easiest trail climbs up the fell’s east or west flank from Threlkeld (around four to five miles), but hardcore hikers will prefer the shorter but more exposed ridge ascent via Hall’s Fell. The infamous ridge of Sharp Edge is for experienced climbers only, so steer clear unless you know what you’re doing.

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VIEW FROM BLENCATHRA – 14 May 2016 • 12:50:08

2016 Saturday 14th May

ROUTE: Scales Mousthwaite Comb — Scales Beck — Scales Tarn — ∆ Blencathra
— Scales TarnScales Beck Mousthwaite CombScales

NOTES: Has been some time since we did this walk up Blencathra. Not very good now. A lot of it rough and some stepped. Quite dodgy now we are older. Met Brett just after 9 am. Had sausage & tomato rolls (from flask). Enjoyed getting up there as it is the biggest walk since Snowdon & I am getting unfit. Enjoyed having Brett with us for a walk. Called at 2 pubs for a drink but prices for food were too much so went home. Very, very busy on the mountain with lots of walkers going up & down and on top was crowded. Brett was testing a pack for photographers.

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In future WAYFINDER articles, I'll be featuring individual climbs from The Mountain Files illustrated with photographs captured on the day.

Wayfinder World Blencathra View Landscape By Brett Leica Photographer

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