Lake District Walking Holiday, August 2013

So, here’s my attempt at an inaugural photo-blog posting. Just trying to assemble these photos into some kind of chronologically accurate and, more importantly, interesting format exposes flaws in my process. It appears that it’s not enough to just have photographs of questionable quality, or to be able to generate semi-acceptable prose, but there has to be a narrative. And preferably, one backed up by technically-sound or artistic photographs, and interesting anecdotes, none of which I appear to have, (here at least). Well, I guess that, like with everything else worth doing in life, this is a learning process, requiring that I ‘get out more’, use my camera more, write more. We’ll see how that goes eh! Anyhow, on to more important business.

So, my better half and I went on our first, (hopefully of many), camping/walking holidays in the Lake District. We did a little trekking in India last year, but nothing prolonged, or properly adventurous, but being so close to the Peak District, we have regular day and overnight outings to Edale and the Hope Valley, so we are used to the hills to some extent. Coming from Lancashire, it’s a little surprising that I’ve not spent that much time in the Lakes, but there you go, life can be like that.

Given these latter facts, and some others that may, or may not come to light over the lifecycle of this blog, it’s no real surprise that I was a little too adventurous when planning our trip. For one, I had initially expected us to haul our full kit, i.e. a weeks worth of clothing, food and shelter, plus the day’s water, up a total of ca. 80 miles AND approximately 3500m of elevation! Obviously the nature and distribution of this weight/bulk would change over the course of the trip, but yeah, after a long slog up Skiddaw and back down to Keswick, we quickly, (more like quite slowly and rather painfully), learned that this was NOT going to happen! As such, plans were revised and a more forgiving schedule was kept. Anyways, here’s what happened in a brief, temporally-erratic and incomplete pictorial fashion. Perhaps I will add further details in between the images in the future, so as to balance out the missing photographic elements:

Skiddaw: Our first summit attempt.

Skiddaw: Our first summit attempt.

Carl Side Tarn: a well deserved rest!

Carl Side Tarn: a well deserved rest!

Carl Side Tarn: the weather begins to turn.

Carl Side Tarn: the weather begins to turn, better get a move on!

Getting a bit more hardcore.

Getting a bit more hardcore. Swallowed by the gloom.

Skiddaw summit. A shame you can't make out the wind!

Skiddaw summit. It was pretty harsh up there, a shame you can’t make out the winds!

The 'tourist' route back to Keswick.

The ‘tourist’ route back to Keswick.

The view from our campsite. Derwent Water after a hard day!

The view from our campsite. Derwent Water after a hard day!

Derwent Water at night. Will go back for a better shot one day!

Derwent Water at night. Will go back for a better shot one day!

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A Deserted Thirlmere

Off to Helvellyn. A beautiful day!

Off to Helvellyn. A beautiful day!

En route to Helvellyn, via White Side.

En route to Helvellyn, via White Side.

Striding Edge and Red Tarn, from Helvellyn.

Striding Edge and Red Tarn, from Helvellyn.

Styhead Gill, en route to Scafell Pike.

Styhead Gill. Looking back towards Seathwaite, en route to Scafell Pike.

Approaching Styhead Tarn and the increasingly harsh weather.

Approaching Styhead Tarn and the increasingly harsh weather.

Deteriorating visibility on the Corridor Route up Scafell Pike.

Swallowed by the gloom pt. II. Deteriorating visibility on the Corridor Route up Scafell Pike

Post descent of Greta Gill.

“We came from up there!”. Post-descent of Greta Gill.

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Made it!

Made it! Such beautiful views!

The beginnings of the way back to Seatoller.

The beginnings of the way back to Seatoller.

Easedale Tarn wild camp. Not a soul around.

Easedale Tarn wild camp. Not a soul around.

Easedale Tarn at night.

Easedale Tarn at night.

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