Author Topic: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp  (Read 1093 times)

karl h

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Another quick overnighter, this week walking from the highest point on the A6 just outside Shap over the lonely open moorland to camp above the Longsleddale valley..
Robert, David and even Emily ( who has not camped in about 3 years ) came along today and here they are setting off under the electric wires up the gentle climb to Whatshaw Common.
Looking back to the long lay-by at the road summit. The eastern Howgills seen away to the right.
Navigation is really easy on this route, just follow the wall all the way over Little and Great Yarlside to Harrop Pike which is the higher ground in the centre of the photo.
Although fine today the weather recently has been quite poor so unsurprisingly the normally boggy ground was saturated in places especially here in Wasdale Mouth. Crookdale is the valley to the left.
The ground did dry out as we climbed Little Yarlside. The hill in the distance is High House Bank which we planned to climb on our way back tomorrow.
Approaching Great Yarlside. Yarlside Crag on the left
And a look back from the climb.
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If you are looking to avoid the post lockdown crowds this is the place to come. Miles and miles of lovely nothingness and we only saw three people over the two days. If you squint you can just see the cairn on Harrop Pike in the distance.
Cross Fell and the Dun fells across the Eden valley.
Round to the south are the hills of Borrowdale in Westmorland.
As you approach Harrop Pike the view to the west opens up and the Coniston fells are seen in the far distance.
On Harrop Pike now looking across to Tarn Crag.
It's not that far across the boggy saddle of Grey crag Tarn till you reach the survey tower on Tarn Crag.We had set off around 2.30 and it's five O'clock now on a lovely temperate late afternoon with warm sunshine and slight breeze to keep the midges away.
Windermere seen through the afternoon haze.
We descended quite a way from Tarn Crag as I wanted a view of the valley from our camp site. This is looking back to Tarn Crag.
Goat Scar and Kentmere Pike across Longsleddale.
There was a view down into Longsleddale from our camp site..
I went over to The stream running down Buckbarrow Crag hoping to have an explore but it was much too steep and rough to follow and even just getting water for our tea involved a steep scramble.
A lovely evening for a climb on Buckbarrow.
And a lovely evening for a camp.
Sunset behind Kentmere Pike.
Our beds for the night lit by the evening sun.
Quite a nice sunset but it didn't last long.
Although rain wasn't forecast it did start to rain after dark and seemed to rain all night. When we woke the clag had come down so we changed plans and returned the way we came following the fence all the way back to the car.
our route was  - A6 Shap Summit - Whatshaw Common - Wasdale Mouth - Little Yarlside - Great Yarlside - Harrop Pike - Tarn Crags - Return same way ( about 10 miles 1500 ft ascent )

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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #1 on: 07:09:20, 22/08/20 »
Some nice photos there Karl, especially looking down into Longsleddale and around your campsite. Pity that the clouds came down and cut your trip short.
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #2 on: 07:30:52, 22/08/20 »
Great pics, like the Coniston Fells one particularly.
The youngsters always seem to be disappearing in to the distance ahead of you, I assume that this is because you had stopped to take photos.



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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #3 on: 09:25:08, 22/08/20 »
Some nice photos there Karl, especially looking down into Longsleddale and around your campsite. Pity that the clouds came down and cut your trip short.
Cheers Richard  O0
I was a bit disappointed because our planned way back was over the fells of the Crookdale horseshoe are hills from which I don't have pictures as when I walked them a few years ago in horrible weather my camera got wet and ruined the memory card.


Great pics, like the Coniston Fells one particularly.
The youngsters always seem to be disappearing in to the distance ahead of you, I assume that this is because you had stopped to take photos.
Thanks Ridge O0  Obviously I could have put my foot down and left the kids if I'd wanted  ;D
In reality I probably could just about keep up with Emily but the other two, what did April call them when they walked with us a few years ago Linford and Usain ?  ;D
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #4 on: 14:45:40, 22/08/20 »
Great pics Karl O0
And you got a sunset :)
Nice to see your new tent too 8)

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karl h

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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #5 on: 16:27:39, 22/08/20 »
Great pics Karl O0
And you got a sunset :)
Nice to see your new tent too 8)
Cheers mate O0
Very pleased with the new tent,  not had any condensation issues yet and the space inside for a one man tent is very impressive. ;)
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #6 on: 16:59:20, 22/08/20 »
But does it sound like a crisp packet in the wind?  ;)
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #7 on: 17:03:45, 22/08/20 »
But does it sound like a crisp packet in the wind?  ;)


No it's actually quieter  than my Hilleberg, probably because the DCF doesn't sag when wet. I'm a bit disappointed to be honest I thought I'd be kept awake by the noise and soaked by the condensation ;D
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #8 on: 20:27:10, 22/08/20 »
You'll have to ask for your money back! From Hilleberg, that is. :D


Will you be using the Notch in winter, by the way? Do you think that it is up to it?
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #9 on: 21:00:39, 22/08/20 »
You'll have to ask for your money back! From Hilleberg, that is. :D


Will you be using the Notch in winter, by the way? Do you think that it is up to it?
You're getting your tarptents mixed up Richard, it's a Aeon not a Notch.  :)
 The front of the tent is all mesh so I'd expect it to not be as warm as a solid inner but I'll certainly be giving it a try. I've been fine on the two nights I've used it but despite it raining virtually all night  it wasn't cold.
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #10 on: 21:10:31, 22/08/20 »
Tremendous pics!  O0

karl h

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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #11 on: 21:17:32, 22/08/20 »
Tremendous pics!  O0


Cheers Pleb O0
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #12 on: 21:33:57, 22/08/20 »
You're getting your tarptents mixed up Richard, it's a Aeon not a Notch.  :)
 The front of the tent is all mesh so I'd expect it to not be as warm as a solid inner but I'll certainly be giving it a try. I've been fine on the two nights I've used it but despite it raining virtually all night  it wasn't cold.


My bad. Not sure that I would fancy a mesh inner in winter, mind.
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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #13 on: 17:08:40, 23/08/20 »
Great pics Karl  O0  Shame about the clag coming down overnight.


I've never done that route from the A6, it looks an interesting route  :)


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Re: 15-16th August Shap summit to Sleddale Fell wildcamp
« Reply #14 on: 21:40:58, 23/08/20 »
Great pics Karl  O0  Shame about the clag coming down overnight.


I've never done that route from the A6, it looks an interesting route  :)


I remember trying to keep up with Usain and Linford, impossible!


Thanks April. O0
 Not had much luck with the weather recently, not had two days of fine weather together  >:(
Sue and I walked around Kentmere res today...... and got soaked ;D
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