Grasmere wild camp Jan 18

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  1. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Grasmere wild camp,Jan 18



    So with xmas done and dusted i looked to the yrs first camp, my normal companions being Oscar and Lee,sadly Oscar cant make the hills now and Lees had a nasty bug since xmas
    So it was a nice suprise to get a message from James Boulter,saying he was up for a few nights and would i like to meet up on Saturday night..we agreed an area to meet




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    I was away from home early and left Grasmere just gone 7-30 am i followed James route at first and headed up the quiet Far Easdale track,the snow soon started to deepen

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    It was a very steep uphill,but it was a route of my own making

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    I followed the path way up then after Deer Bields crags made a sharp turn South and upwards, it was a steep ascent made harder by the knee deep snow, sadly just before gaining the ridge i hit an area of thigh deep snow...hard work was needed

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    Once i got higher the clag came in for a while but then beautifuly dropped back down filling the valleys, the result was a lovely inversion

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    It was a very monochrome sort of day but lovely all the same a quick check on the phone and a few texts and i agreed to meet James on High Raise

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    Luckily for me some people met me on Coldale head and they then broke trial over to High Raise i was happy to follow there tracks over

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    As i waited the mist rolled over Rosset and then filled the long Langscarth valley, it was lovely to watch as i waited for James to appear,he had found deep snow too

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    The beard hill master approaches

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    Checking the forecast we could see that the weather was due to change with the wind swinging round to the South and increasing in strength, a mix of snow was in the mix too....Sunday morning wasnt going to be nice

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    Photo credit James Boulter

    So after High Riase we walked back over to Sergeant man and then made our way along towards Tarn crag,we looked at a spot id used before but it was still cathcing the wind so we pushed on a bit more

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    James had said he'd had a bit of a struggle to sort a flat piece to camp on,on Friday night. So he was happy to use my shovel to sort himself out a flat pitch,but not before id had to dig out a good foot and a half of snow to get a nice level pitch for myself first



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    Shelters up we searched out some water and were soon walking back to camp with litres of fresh water

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    Photo credit James Boulter

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    Brews were made and we settled in to our respective shelters

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    James choose to stay in his shelter most of the evening,not a bad decision as the wind was blowing hard and the windchill was brutal on my fingers, every time i took my mitts off to alter settings on my camera


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    The wind died off around 10 pm and the rest of the night was ok, but the wind arrived at 6 am ish followed an hour later by the snow and spindrift

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    It was a bit harsh packing away the shelters and once were we done we soon made our way off..james wanted to bag Tarn crag and what with the strong wind spindrift and snow/clag it was a bit of a challenge

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    But James has a Mountain beard and is made of tuff stuff So as soon as we found the summit we left it, constantly checking our position as we avoided the crags till we made the valley bottom



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    The snow was falling hard as we chatted our way down the valley and was settling well even in Grasmere village...all to soon we said goodbye and i quickly got changed and set off in the car for home...a good trip with good company ......safe travels Peter





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  2. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Great stuff well jealus :)..
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  3. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Looks fun but cold. Nice pics and video.

    Watching James and your twitter updates over the weekend was fun. :D
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  4. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Wasn’t really cold maybe dropped to -4c through night but not any more than that ..
  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Very nice. It's been too long since we were out, and it's going to be a while more, too. Mind you, I don't fancy your weather on the second morning :oops:
  6. Warrenbond

    Warrenbond Trail Blazer

    Looks awesome any chance of a gear list .
    Do you alter your gear if you know there is going to be a lot of snow.
    The only reason I ask I'm wondering if the gear I have would be up to a full on snow camp.
    Thanks Warren
  7. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Wasn’t that bad
  8. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    If,like on this trip or maybe on a trip in Scotland ( for possible help digging out if the worsed happened to someone with me) I take a snow shovel,good ones are light these days..due to cold spell and amount of snow I knew had fallen I took a remote gas stove (first time in 3-4 yrs) as I wasn’t sure I’d find running water...my luck was in ..melting snow with methes is a slow job...other than that I always use meths well bio fuel ..I also took 6 blizzards pegs with me along with my normal peg bag..other than that just normal winter gear,bigger bag better matt few pairs of mitts more battery power,but that’s to keep cameras going as cold does sapp it out ..face mask and goggles that’s it I think
  9. Warrenbond

    Warrenbond Trail Blazer

    Thanks for the reply think iv got most of that covered cheers:thumbsup:
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  10. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    Great write up!
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  11. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Ta
  12. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Section Hiker

    Looks epic and amazing!
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  13. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    How did Feb 18th go :);)
    Thought I was cracking up ...
    Nice show BTW. ..
  14. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Think I am cracking up ?
  15. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Read it as Feb at first but had to double check my dates to check it meant Jan.
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