A relatively short post this one – after the last Skye epic I think something more digestible is in order.
Last week I had a quick shimmy around one of my favourite short mountain circulars; Great Gable from Seathwaite via Styhead Tarn, and back down via Gillercomb and Sourmilk Gill.
It was just an excuse to (hopefully) get a nice lunchtime summit view, and I can happily sit by the Westmorland Cairn on Gable for hours (and have done so on many occasions). I wasn’t expecting to use the camera but along it came anyway.
Luckily for me there was actually a view, though I was a little disappointed to miss the bursts of thundery showers that I could see breaking out sporadically around the Lakes.
Disappointed why? Even in a ‘bad’ summer the weather is rarely anything but a bit dull. All the things that can heighten the senses and make climbing even a little Lake District mountain feel like a mini adventure are absent.
It’s like someone’s placed a big dome over my outdoor office and turned a placid drone of air conditioning on. I’d rather have a bitter gale blowing real air through a wide open window.
That thunder lightning and hail would have made things more interesting, though I did get a little taster as I got back to Keswick where a cracking little storm was rumbling over.
Before I got there, Borrowdale was doing a passable impression of a sunnier summer.
Passable enough to tempt most people to get on top of the open top bus on the way back to Keswick anyway. They were in for a bit of a shock.