05 November 2008

Head in the Clouds

This week is reading week at university, which means we've got a week off to read books, wright assignments and play in the mountains. Over the last couple of days I've been busy tapping away on the keyboard getting such delights as 'Investigate the relationship between personality and motivation in individual participants' finished. However, today I went out for a wander around the hills with a friend from back home in Preston.

Looking south-east towards Patterdale from Ullswater.

We met at Grisedale Bridge just outside Glenridding before heading up the valley and then, through a steep ascent, reached Hole-in-the-Wall, which was in the low cloud. From here we headed onto Bleaberry Crag where at times we peaked out through the top of the low lying cloud.

On High Spying How approaching a cloud covered Striding Edge.

Through the final push on the knife-edge ridge of Striding Edge we reached the Helvellyn plateau to be greeted with an amazing cloud inversion, which gave the surrounding Lakeland peaks an eerie atmosphere.

Views north-west to the Langdales from the Helvellyn plateau.

We had a quick bite to eat before heading north-east along the plateau around Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike passing High Crag. We descended down the steep switch-back path to Grisedale Tarn before beating our way back up hill to Deepdale Hause where a quick skirmish to the summit of Fairfield was achieved.

In the clouds at the summit of Fairfield.

All that was left was for us to backtrack once again to Deepdale Hause and then along the ridge line at the top of St. Sunday Crag in order to descend back down into the Grisedale valley by Thornhow End to the waiting vehicles.

Views over Ullswater on the descent along St. Sunday Crag.

In total we covered some eleven miles, and it was a welcome break from the constant barrage of university work I've been wading through this week. However, tomorrow I head back to the keyboard to tap out some more assignments ready to be handed in on Monday. Let's just hope some rain falls soon so that a break can be had, before returning to lectures, for some boating missions with the crew.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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