Scafell, 28-29 June 2019

This was another weekend trip with a late evening start and wild camping in the Lake District. Lord's Rake was our goal - we have not done this route to Scafell before. The days in the middle of the Summer are very long, so when we got to our camping spot in the evening, it was not yet completely dark. We camped by a small tarn on top of Seathwaite Fell.

The blue and red lines show our track in the first and second days, respectively.

Victor guards the stove with cooking breakfast.

Morning exercises.

Climbing up Skew Gill. Despite dramatic looks, the scramble is easy.

Wild thyme.

A brief rest break.

A view of Great Gable from Skew Gill.

We are approaching Lord's Rake, which leads to Scafell. It is just a steep scree but it looks quite dramatic. We turned left into West Wall Traverse just before the top of Lord's Rake, and before long got to Symonds Knott. We then climbed down to Mickledore. We rapelled down a vertical drop next to Broad Stand.

We followed a path which traverses Great Gable. The lake below is Wast Water.

We are among clouds and sheep...

A small waterfall on Sour Milk Gill, just before the descent to Seathwaite. We managed to take a quick dip in the water before the rain started in earnest.

Striped rocks.

We often visit North Lakes but Victor still manages to find new places and routes. This was a rather long day with steep climbs, some scrambles and even a quick abseil.

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