The Langdale Pikes

March 28th 2010.
 
The Langdale Pikes.
 
Martin Murphy led the "A" party on a tough walk over the Langdale Pikes.
 
From the car park at The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (NY295064) we immediately began our ascent alongside Stickle Ghyll to reach Stickle tarn
from where there were good views across the tarn to the impressive cliffs of Pavey Ark.
We followed the path aloing the eastern shore of the tarn to cross Bright Beck and then begin the climb up the east shoulder of Pavey Ark with a bit of easy scrambling on the way.
After lunch we headed for Harrison Stickle 2414 ft. A cairn on the northern end of the rocky ridge marks the summit and the highest point of The Langdale Pikes.
Our next objective was Pike O’Stickle where some of the group took on the steep scramble to the rocky summit at 2324 ft.
Our climbing was now over as we headed across Martcrag Moor to reach Stake Pass . The mountain rescue helicopter flew overhead heading towards Black Crag where there was  someone needing assistance.
We now followed The Cumbria Way on the long descent down Mickleden.
On the way we stopped to talk to some of the Mountain Rescue squad. Seconds later Gorden slipped, letting out a cry of pain as he fell. I knelt by his side but his cry had been heard by the rescue squad and they rushed to help. 
I was undecided what to do. Should I, or should I not take a photo !!!.
It must be the quickest response ever by the Mountain rescue team.
Gordon was OK and no, I did not take a photo.
Eventually we reached the valley floor and crossed the footbridge over Mickleden beck. The final couple of miles seemed to go on for ever and we only just mde it back to the Dunheon Ghyll hotel in time for a drink.
 
A fantastic walk, only just over 8 miles but 3000 ft of ascent
 
Some of my images from the walk can be seen in the album > The Langdale Pikes.
 
Alan
 
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