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Eskdale 2 day backpack 25th &26th May 2009

Route- Day 1 - Raven Crag - Great Moss - Pen - Scafell Pike - Lords Rake - Scafell - Slight Side Great How (about 8 miles 3700ft ascent)

Day 2 - Great How - Boot - Green Crag - Harter Fell - Hard Knott pass (about 9.5 miles 3000ft ascent)


I went for a two day walk around my favourite bit of the lakes. I arrived late in the evening and parked at the top of Hard Knott pass and set up by Raven Crag Tarn.


Raven Tarn 5.30 AM. After a fine night I made an early start to try and beat the bank holiday crowds.

My pitch reflected in the tarn.

The Scafells and Slight Side catch the rising sun.

 It really was a beautiful day.

Zooming in on Dow Crag and Pen

Looking across to Scafell Pike from the Great Moss.

Looking down from the steep climb up the side of Dow Crag.

 Pen is a fascinating place, with the layers of sedimentary rocks.

It's a long way down from the top of Pen.

These swirls always remind me of an Aztec or Mayan carving.

Looking up to Rough Crag my way on to the Pike.

"He's not coming up here, is he ?" " He is you know"

Scotland in the distance from Scafell Pike.

Broad Stand across Mickledore. I headed down to Lord's Rake ( the steep light coloured chute on the right)

Looking back down Lords Rake from near the Boulder.

A close up view of the boulder. I was shocked at how small the point of contact with the wall of the gully actually is. It looks like somebody should go up and give it a whack with a sledge-hammer.

Wastwater comes into view from the second descent on the rake.

Looking back to the top of the first climb

And looking back to the top of Scafell Pike

The Mosedale Horseshoe from Scafell.

Looking back up to Scafell and Long Green

My pitch by Great How tarn

The end of a brilliant days walking.

Looking to today's objectives. Green Crag on the right and Harter Fell on the left.

Stoney Tarn is passed on the way down to Boot.

Looking across the valley to Birker Force. Due to a bit of dodgy navigation I was to get a slightly closer view

Doctor Bridge and the River Esk.

Birker Force from a vantage point on my very steep climb.

This is my route up the fell. It wasn't really dangerous, just steep !

At the top of the falls now. Eskdale Fell with Great How on top are the fells in the centre of the picture.

Looking across to Harter Fell from wonderful rocky top of Green Crag.

Scafell and the Pike are in cloud now

But the Coniston fells are clear for now.

Devoke water and the sea from Green Crag.

Green Crag from the slopes of Harter Fell. The saddle between the two fells is a very wet and boggy mess. I certainly didn't manage to get across dry-shod.

The Coniston Fells and Seathwaite Tarn from Harter Fell. The weather suddenly closed in when I reached the top and I raced to get my waterproofs on.

This storm was coming my way so I headed down to the top of Hard Knott pass and my car after a very tiring but fantastic couple of days on the fells.