Monday, October 15, 2018

Camera found on Great End near Scafell Pike 29th Sept 2018

I found a camera on Great End summit 2 weeks ago, Saturday 29th September 2018. I'm posting this because I've tried finding the owner through social media and via the whiteboomerang site without success. Cumbria police don't want to know about lost & found items and encourage the use of social media or traditional lost & found notices and forums. 

I have used the EXIF data to try and find some clues as to the owner but the pictures are mainly of wildlife parks with no connection to a residence. The only photos of people are posted below and I'm hoping that the owner might do an internet search and find their way to this site. I would hate to lose a camera and more importantly, all the photos, of which there are around 1500 on this one. I would welcome any other suggestions that might reunite camera with owner who I presume is the gentleman below or the person who was walking with him.






Saturday, September 29, 2018

Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite




Date: 28th Sept 2018
Start/Finish: Seathwaite
Route: Up to Styhead Tarn and then on to Scafell Pike via corridor route. Return over Great End and Grains Gill.
Wainwrights: Scafell Pike, Great End.
Time Taken: 7 Hours





Below is a 3D fly-through of the route 



I've climbed Scafell Pike many times; from Wast Water, Eskdale and Langdale but never from Seathwaite via the corridor route. So this was about hiking a new route up a familiar mountain. I drove up the night before in the camper van and parked in Seathwaite. This way I could get an early start after a good nights sleep. I chose the classic circular route up Styhead Gill to Sty Head and then along the corridor route to Scafell Pike before heading back via Esk Hause and Grains Gill. I made a few small deviations onto Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End for the views.


Accommodation in Seathwaite


Seathwaite Fell over Stockley Bridge


Looking back along Styhead Gill


An unnecessarily large cairn near Sty Head


Styhead Tarn


Great End 


The usual wild campers around Styhead Tarn unsurprisingly forgetting the bit about 'always pack up before the day hikers arrive' 


A lone hiker near the start of the corridor route


The corridor route heading towards Piers Gill


Piers Gill

Heading towards Lingmell Col


The top of Piers Gill

Lingmell and Great Gable from the path up to Scafell Pike 




Scafell Pike summit - under cloud
I had lunch in one of the many wind breaks near the summit but unfortunately the cloud didn't look like it was going to lift any time soon, so I headed off down the badly eroded path to the col at the top of little narrowcove before heading up to Broad Crag and then across to Ill Crag.


Looking down little narrowcove gulley


Broad Crag summit


Ill Crag


Looking down the Esk valley from Ill Crag


Bowfell from Ill Crag


Great End


Views down to Borrowdale from Great End


The top of Central Gulley on Great End


Great End summit views over to Glaramara 




Ill Crag, Broad Crag and Scafell Pike now cloud free


Views over Esk Hause towards Esk Pike and Bowfell


Esk Pike from Esk Hause


Views of the route back down to Seathwaite, the Borrowdale valley and Derwent Water beyond


The Langdale Pikes


Great End and Great Gable


The bottom of Central Gulley


Grains Gill and the path back to Seathwaite


Now this is undoubtedly a lovely walk in a stunning landscape but the day was somewhat tarnished by the strange behaviour of some folk along the way. I know it was Scafell Pike on a Saturday with a half decent forecast and so I expected a crowd but there were literally hundreds of people of the mountain, including someone shouting obscenities from the summit at the top of their voice (a lost bet maybe?) when so may folk were around including children. Also, there was a group of 30 ish strewn along a mile section of Grains Gill whose chief method of communication was to repeatedly yodel at each other. Now I'm all for a good yodel in the Swiss alps when needs must but this was ridiculous and just annoying to everyone within earshot.

It also seemed that there was a festival of tissue paper on the mountain today. Every 50 yards or so the path was decorated with the stuff. And then, to add to my disillusionment, I was asked 5 times by different groups where Scafell Pike was. None had a GPS, map or compass. I also encountered folk in jeans & brogues and a girl in a leather bikers jacket complete with tassels, who unsurprisingly looked thoroughly miserable on the Scafell ascent in clag, 30mph gusts and 2 degrees above zero. I really feel for the poor Mountain Rescue Teams who must despair at the sheer idiocy of some people. Ah well. Rant over. It's a lovely area. Just go midweek and early morning, or leave it until winter.