|Name of walk||Yewbarrow with Blue Skies and Ice|
|Date of walk||2010-01-31|
|Distance walked (miles)||4|
|Duration of walk||5 hours 0 minutes|
|Weather||Blue skies and sunshine|
|Peaks on walk||Yewbarrow|
|Parking||Overbeck car park on the side of Wast Water|
Today Brendan and I went up Yewbarrow (2058ft). A walk that involves both scrambling and climbing in places. It was a cold but clear day with blue skies.
We stopped off on route for the usual photo opportunity. Yewbarrow on the left then Kirk Fell and Great Gable, then Lingmell and Scafell Pike and Scafell.
Yewbarrow. Our route up was by the wall then up the gully in between Dropping Crag and Bell Rib, then climbing ever higher.
Mist on Great Gable.
We parked at Overbeck car park. The view across Wast Water to the Scafells.
Yewbarrow from the climb up to the fence.
The grassy route up.
The view back down.
View out to the Scafells.
Heading for the gully. Dropping Crag on the left, Bell Rib on the right. A walker can be seen in the dip on the horizon.
It is steep. There was a lot of ice here, we needed the Microspikes. Brendan making his way up.
Great Door looking over at Burnmoor Tarn.
Looking down on Bell Rib and across to the screes. Every time you think you are near the top there is another bit to climb.
Looking to Kirk Fell and Great Gable.
The Scafells to the right.
Burnmoor Tarn beyond.
Looking over to Caw, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.
It is nearly a couple of miles from Yewbarrow`s first cairn to the far cairn, and a fair bit of up and down. Good views to be had in all directions.
From the far end of Yewbarrow looking down on Wasdale Head.
Looking across to Red Pike and Pillar.
The route down Stirrup Crag to Dore Head is steep and icy. Wainwright says "From Dore Head Stirrup Crag looks very formidable and the upper band of the rock unassailable, but getting up it is no more than a strenuous exercise in elementary gymnastics and unusual postures. Follow the trail of blood left by the author, or, if the elements have removed this evidence of his sufferings, the debris of dentures, bootsoles, etc., left by other pilgrims...." ...Hmmmm......I think he was trying to say that the route was a bit iffy!
Looking down into Mosedale from Dore Head.
Brendan making his way down the final bit of Stirrup Crag. We had lunch at Dore Head.
Wasdale Head from Dore Head.
Looking back up to Stirrup Crag and the Pinnacles.
Rescue Helicopter about to land at Wasdale Head.
Pillar and the Mosedale valley.
Off it goes again.
Looking down the Over Beck Valley, our route back which is long and rocky underfoot.
That view again at sunset.
Sunset over Wast Water.