Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Torver to Grey Friar along the tops,wild camp

 This year i suffered with sciatica for the first time,along with a dire winter I've not been out much in last few months.But this wknd was to good to miss

An early start saw the car tell me it was -2c on the drive up,it was 5c when i set off from Trover under a stunning blue sky

As it turned out there was one thing i hadn't packed,expecting it to me much cooler on the tops .....my trusty Montane summer cap 

I soon topped out on the top of Walna scar track so popped over to the Walna scars small summit as i love the view

It was only  9 am and was already 17c and no breeze,i was wishing  i had a sun hat

The Conistons looked fantastic under the blue skies,this from Dow crag

A nice walk along the tops showed just how much snow had fallen the other week,lots of knee deep stuff about,it had been firm uphill 10 but after that was soft going 

Four o'clock saw me all pitched up it was a stunning evening,with a real strong after glow which lasted nearly 45 mins after sun down 

I had along a new meal to try and must admit it was tasty,I've another one to try yet,hydrated well and kept me full

Looking back towards my home town Barrow

Google photos randomly altered one of my pics,but i quite like it

Around this time i got a message from Kate Tyler checking to see what i was doing on her stomping ground!  Even though she had been out friday nite,she shot out after work again and was over on Wetherlam summit...we waved  in the dark to each other 

All day you could easily see Northern Wales,Isle of man and the Dumfries coast line

So i turned over to watch some stuff on my phone but looked back out gone 10 pm to go and take some night shots I was surprised to see someone bivied up 20 ft from the Trailstar.It was Sarah Turner who after a late start had whizzed up over the Old man and round to Grey Friar..we chatted for a while and again in the morning 

Took a few night shots but think i need to start using Light room if I'm going to get similar results,but not sure i can be bothered just yet

Dawn was a subtle affair with the temp only dropping down 4 or 5c but a fresh wind that started mid evening was helping to keep the fingers aching while snapping off pictures

It was turning into another stunning day...two days on the bounce 


A sad place but it looked rather nice with just the cairn showing,i try to always visit when nearby  

Id followed my route back exactly but decided to drop down steeply to visit Blind tarn as it had been a while since id been 

The temps were climbing again,mad for March really

Heres a video of the trip,Youtube seems to auto drop the quality,so best to change it to HD before playing for best viewing 

Thanks for looking and safe travels Peter and Oscar