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World Article BYBRETT

A Personal Account of Over 2000 Ascents

You couldn’t come to the Lake District and not get out walking on the fells. The famous fell walker Alfred Wainwright counted 214 official fells in his epic seven-book guidebook series, The Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, so there are enough to keep you going for a lifetime.

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CROSS REFERENCE – The Wainwrights by Year

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THE FIRST ASCENT – Snowdon • April 1977

∆ 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
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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.

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