Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lakes trip. Farewell Fernando...

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Well, I've only just met our Brazilian friend and already I'm sad to see him go... A group farewell/good times/walking trip was arranged by Monsignor Ginge and we headed up to a wintery Derwemt Water YHA to take on some peaks. Stopping only for snacks...

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Snow was forcast during the week and didn't disappoint, as usual the night time arrival gave way to some stunning morning scenery and the hills were capped with snow...

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This looks suspiciously like planning!

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Rising early, on Sat, we headed down to attempt a loop that I've wanted to do for ages, from Seathwaite up to Green then Great Gable and on over the valley to Glaramara and back. We headed out early and were blown away by how much snow was on the hills and just how good it looked. Blue bird skies and snow, perfect.

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Walk in above Sour Milk Gill.

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Crampon stop.

I did an axe belay above this point as the snow was quite slippery and it steepened above - just a re-assurance thing, but it worked a treat and good practice. 15m of rope is always good!

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Points on.

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Matti

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Now THAT is a view!

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Up onto Green Gable. Quite steep!

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Gav laying tracks...

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Matti enjoying life...

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Summit of Great Gable.

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Fernie is now native...

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Bloody Swedes. Can't take them anywhere...

Fernie and his lover
Or Brazilians, it would seem...

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Erm...

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2 comments:

mattias said...

Awesome piccies Dave.

I can walk without pain again.

Jim Lundblad said...

That was some epic weather we had that weekend (epic drinking to)