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Sometimes luck is the most important ingredient for the best photographs. There in late evening (look ..... no tourists!) this dramatic silhouette lasted only a few minutes.

 

 

 


The summit, Halls Fell top, as seen by drivers on the A66 below - but only if they looked up from the road, of course.

 

 

The walk-in from Mousthwaite Comb.

 

 


The dramatic first sighting of Sharp Edge on the approach from Mousthwaite Comb.

 

 


On Sharp Edge.

Dangerously greasy and slippery when wet, as it was when this was taken. It's from here (i.e. behind camera) that its victims fall down what the MRT's call 'the usual gully'.

 

 

 

Scramblers on Sharp Edge.

(Different colours? The above is digital CCD; below is Fuji Provia film.)

 

 


Sharp Edge from the tarn below. Centre figure has a radio aerial sticking up from his rucksack so is undoubtedly mountain rescue.

 

 

 


Sharp Edge from the vantage point at the start of the climb to Atkinson Pike, so steep that Gael had difficulty getting up it.

(note the apprehensive down-climber crouched behind the rock pinnacle)

 

 

 

Puzzled Blencathra lamb on the top surprised by confrontation with an unexpected sheepdog.

(and proof, as if it were needed, that ISDS 271469 Gael did not chase sheep!).

 

 

 

Never mind the view. Gael intently watching border collie Tess on the path below.

(Gael was litter sister to KMRT's Ginny. Sadly she died just before her 5th birthday.)

 

 

 


The summit view with Gategill Fell sweeping down to Threlkeld below and Derwent Water in the distance.

 

 

 

Seen from the summit, a helicopter hovers above Gategill Fell. Coledale Hause and the bulk of Crag Hill and Grasmoor in the distance.

 

 

 


Tewit Tarn and its panorama of Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra.

 

 

 


Seen from Gill Head Farm, Troutbeck: the sun goes down behind Souther Fell.

 

 


From White Pike on eastern flanks of Clough Head, favourite launch site for paragliders.

 

 

 


Descending from Clough Head, for a brief time, Blencathra peeps out from behind Threlkeld Knotts.

 

 

 


The sight of Blencathra familiar to iron age people living in the Castle Crag fort.

 

 

 


The classic postcard view of the mountain from Castlerigg Stone Circle, tourists included.

(different colouration to other photographs due to being shot, in error, in jpgs)

 

the above was cropped from this much wider panorama

l. to r.: Latrigg, Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Blease Fell and Blencathra, distant Great Mell Fell and Clough Head. 

 

 


Moss on what turned out to be his last day in the mountains. Scales Tarn below.

 

 

 


The summit view with Gategill Fell sweeping down to Threlkeld below and Derwent Water in the distance.

 

 

Blencathra in the infra-red.

 

 

Poignant memorial seen Sept 2006 a short distance away from the summit. No longer there on my next visit.

 

 

 

Rainbow across the face of Blease Fell (the western end of Blencathra) seen from the stone table in the Hospital Plantation of Whinlatter Pass.

 

 




Seen from Bowscale Fell to the NE: Sharp Edge and the dark face of Foule Crag with, above them, the saddle formed by the summit (l) and Atkinson's Pike.

 

 

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