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Fells from Hoppers Crossing return from the Fells of Great Britain
Trip is over. We (Fiona and Don) are both really suffering from jet lag this time round. Summer on the west coast of Sweden was 20 degree days. However the water temp was up to 19 degrees so we can’t complain.
Summer on the west coast of England and Wales is best forgotten. However we added three more 3000 ft plus peaks to our records.
I think Skafell was the best climb we did. A walk through farm land up the Esk valley, then through a small gorge, a kilometre or so across the “Great Moss” which brought back memories of the sodden Loddon except it was marsh and grass, a scramble up the rocks beside the Cam Spout waterfall, then up an open gully almost to the saddle between Skafell and Skafell Pike, a wet scramble up a steep chute to Foxes Tarn, then a scramble up a scree slope to the summit ridge and a couple of hundred metres along the top to the summit.
Wales was new for us. First two days was sightseeing – castles, beaches, not forgetting going to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch . We climbed Snowdon on our third day and next day went to Ogwen to check out the Idwal Slabs climbs, the Ballad of Idwal Slabs being a part of our MUMC culture.
Here is a link to a Youtube video of a climb up “Hope” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Dbo90FEhQ.
And here is video of the legendary Ewen Lamb repeating John Christopher Brown’s prenuptial descent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m2HJpGtv70