Sunday, March 22, 2009

Scafell Pike - The Lake District


After allowing just one day recovery, from being laid in bed exhausted and full of Cold, I set off for the lake district with my friend and colleague Alex to climb Scafell Pike, which is the largest "mountain" in England at 978m. I was in relatively good company with Alex, he had recently climbed mount Elbrus in Russia which stands at around 5642m. REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE IMAGES!!!

We set off from Hull at 6am to get an early start, arriving at Wasdale Head at 10am. That gave me a little bit of time to look around for some nice photo's, but I instantly wished I had brought my tripod for som HDR shots.



The photo's have uploaded in a random way, this one is when we finished the climb, back at the 'Wasdale Head Inn' for a pint of the local beer.

The descent is a tiring one, not much in the way of flat solid ground causing a lot of jarring of the knees.

A nice little stream which we followed down the mountain.

We stopped at this big rock during the descent, even though we were tired because it looked cool and fun.


Me at the summit...IT WAS BLOODY WINDY AND VERY VERY COLD, THAT'S WHY I'M SHOUTING!!!

The large 6 ft Cairn at the summit of Scafell Pike.

Me looking knackered about 100m from the summit....yeah I'm OK to carry on...just..give...me..a minute...to catch my breath!

There be snow in these hills!





A view of the 'Wasdale Head Lake' (the deepest lake in England) whilst climbing the hill we didn't need to climb!

Who would think that when we reached the top, we would have to go down the other side and up another valley to get the track we needed!

Alex (and me) having a well earned rest during the ascent, time for some water and a bite to eat.

Alex




8 comments:

Nessa said...

Wow, that's so wild and untamed looking. Very nice.

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Stunning shots! :0

TardisGirl said...

Awesome!

Haro Genki said...

Excellent views.Looks surreal too!

JJ said...

Kev, some cracking images there. You do know that a tripod is redundant for shooting HDR, if you can take shots in RAW, have a decent raw editor, process a number of images of differing exposures from the one RAW shot and process in an HDR app such as photomatix you'll get some cracking images.

Brianna said...

Hey these are really pretty pics. My boyfriend lives in Hull - I'm from lovely America... but I can't wait to visit again soon. These pics make it seem almost worth it!

(M)ary said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! Makes me want to come visit for a hike.

Bazza said...

My first thoughts were, what a great photo of the bridge then I scrolled down and saw the rest, fantastic Kev, great photos.