In amongst all the Christmas fairs, the mounting and framing and general frantic festivities, I found a little window of escape yesterday. And by ‘found’, I mean there was almost guaranteed snow in the hills and I dropped everything 🙂
I figured I may as well head as high as possible, so drove round to Wasdale for a direct ascent of Scafell Pike via Hollow Stones.
What began as an ‘is there, isn’t there…’ internal dialogue whilst peering up at a cloud swathed Scafell Crag became irrelevant, as it began to snow heavily as I reached Lingmell Col, and continued to do so until I’d visited the summit and returned back to the col once more.
At this point the cloud cleared, prompting me to make the decision to climb Lingmell rather than descend the same way. I shouldn’t need any kind of prompting to climb Lingmell, yet don’t do so often enough. It’s hardly an extensive diversion, and offers terrific views of Mosedale, Kirk Fell and Great Gable.
The latter always draws my lens more than any other Lake District fell, yet as I sat atop Lingmell for a while it resolutely refused to emerge from the cloud. Kirk Fell was drifting in and out of sight, so I trained my lens here instead.
Passing snow showers, the accompanying cloud, the following bursts of light. My favourite mountain landscape conditions.