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henryb

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Last Sunday I checked yr.no forecast for Coniston Old Man. From 10am to midday it was a mixture of clouds and sun followed by cloudy skies in the afternoon. Met Office predicted very poor visibility from 10am to 1pm before clearing up later. Completely contradictory! >:(  So I got the Coniston rambler at 942 to Coniston and saw blue skies over the old man and Wetherlam on the journey. I set off at a brisk pace at 1025 picking up the track towards Coniston hostel. When I reached the hostel the skies were still blue but it was hot. As I followed the tourist path from the hostel, the skies became cloudier. I thought 'could I make the summit and have views?'. 5 minutes before summiting the cloud thickened and I couldn't see more than the cairn. At 1205 I wished I had done Holme fell and black fell/Tarn Hows and got views instead of gambling on a higher summit. Five minutes I was thinking the opposite. A strong gust of wind blew from the south and the cloud vanished  :D . Views opened up of Dow Crag, Brim fell, Wetherlam and even Carlside 15 miles away! From the cairn to Carlside. From despair to delight. :D  It is only the second time I've had this experience of the mist clearing at the summit. The first occasion was on Bowfell in September 2015. I completed a circular walk to include Dow Crag. Dow crag photos to follow.


Autumnal colours:
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Swirl How I think:
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Approaching the hostel:
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Levers water beck:
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The tourist track:
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Low water:
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Coniston water:
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Swirl Hause:
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Wetherlam from the old man taken during the ascent:
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Windermere from the old man:
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Coniston old man cairn and a hazy brim fell:
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Brim fell from the old man:
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Brim fell and Swirl How from the old man:
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Northwards panorama from the old man:
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A hazy view of Wetherlam and no eastern fells from the old man:
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Wetherlam and the eastern fells from the old man after the mist cleared:
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Coniston village and water from the old man:
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Wetherlam, Swirl How from the old man:
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Islandplodder

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #1 on: 18:56:17, 10/10/17 »
Lovely photos, looking forward to Dow Crag!

henryb

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #2 on: 19:04:05, 10/10/17 »
Thanks Islandplodder :)  After the crinkles, Coniston round would be my second favourite round in the Lakes. I've just posted Dow crag.

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #3 on: 19:38:53, 10/10/17 »
Some magnificent views Henry when the mist cleared. Thanks for sharing  O0


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beefy

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #4 on: 20:19:32, 10/10/17 »
Lovely pics Henry  O0
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henryb

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #5 on: 21:09:18, 10/10/17 »
Thanks beefy and Welsh Rambler :)

Ridge

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #6 on: 22:23:37, 10/10/17 »
Great photos, pleased it cleared up for you.
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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #7 on: 08:31:03, 11/10/17 »
Nice photos Henry and I think it is Swirl How too  :) It is a great round this one.
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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #8 on: 21:32:47, 11/10/17 »
I remember Coniston when walking the Cumbria, the wettest night in my whole life! Still, survived to tell the tale!

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #9 on: 14:13:47, 13/10/17 »
Lovely photos, Henry - especially like the one of Lever Waters Beck, great stuff!  O0

henryb

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #10 on: 18:54:01, 17/10/17 »
Thanks for the replies everyone, glad you liked the photos :)

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #11 on: 17:54:18, 18/10/17 »
Looks like a great day for it! Nice photos Henry :)

henryb

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Re: Coniston Old man - the mist cleared at the summit
« Reply #12 on: 19:36:22, 18/10/17 »
Thanks jamiek :)