Bowfell via The Climber’s Traverse

Name of walk Bowfell via The Climber's Traverse
Date of walk 2007-02-03
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 7 hours 45 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk Bowfell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Old Dungeon Gill car park
Yesterday I had to look out of the science lab window in Dowdales at clear blue skies. I hate that! So today in order to make the most of a similar day Ged and I went up Bowfell (2960ft). The Weather Website said that the visibility would be very poor, but not on Bowfell!
We went up via the Band, across the Climbers Traverse to Bowfell Butress and up the Great Slab to the summit. Then we went to Angle Tarn and down Rossett Gill.
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Taken from where we parked the car, looking up the Band. Crinkle Crags off left, Rossett Gill to the far right. Very cold in Great Langdale Valley this morning.

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Langdale Pikes.

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The Band

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Mickleden Valley up to Rossett Gill.

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Walking towards the farm.

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Friendly horses.

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Looking at Great Langdale from the start of the walk up the Band.

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A bit further up.Now turning out to be a very warm day.

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Looking towards the summit. The left path goes to Three Tarns, we went up to the right towards the Climbers Traverse.

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High Street and Harter fell can be made out in the distance.

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Close up of Pike o` Blisco and Red Tarn with Wetherlam behind. Mist too.

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Pennines in the distance. Thermal inversions east of Windermere.

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Looking down into Rossett Gill. Pike o` Stickle front right. Far fells are mid left to right the Dodds, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike. Then St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield. Middle close up is Ullscarf and High Raise.

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Skiddaw and Blencathra at the back. Glaramara and Bleaberry Fell in the mid ground . Langstrath Valley in the dip.

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Climbers Traverse.

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Ged with Bowfell Butress behind him.

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Bowfell Butress. Climbers can just be made out a third of the way up (red dot)

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The waterspout at the start of the route up the Great Slab. Wainwright says that "Nothing better ever came out of a barrel or bottle."

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The Great Slab from the bouldery path. Far too steep to walk up

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Ged and Kas reaching the top of the bouldery route.

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Great Slab.

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Ged and Kas at the top of the Great Slab.

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View down the Great Slab.

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Photo from Ged`s camera of me looking down the Slab.

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Summit view. Lots of people making their way to the summit.

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The Scafells from the summit. They looked near enough to touch but are over two miles away.

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More thermal inversions in the Eskdale Valley.

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View to Esk Pike. Great Gable and Grasmoor behind.

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Crowds on the summit!

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We had lunch away from the crowds. An amazingly warm day for February. No wind either!

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Raven soaring. Wetherlam, Swirl How, and Coniston Old Man at the back.

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Kas admiring the view.

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Snow!

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Esk Pike. We walked to its base on route to Angle Tarn, no time to go up it though.

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Thermal inversions increasing in Eskdale.

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Angle Tarn with a covering of ice.

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View down Rossett Gill. Very steep and very bouldery, not good walking at all. A killer for the knees!

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Looking back up to the Great Slab.

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Last of the sun on the tip of Pike o` Stickle.

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Looking back up Rossett Gill.

It was dark when we got back to the car. The walk had taken 7 hours and 45 minutes. Great views today!
Jo.

 

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