|The route off Broken Back down to Selcoth Burn|
and up Clough Head on the other side
Disappointment because only managed two of the four planned peaks and disappointment that I had not read the contours sufficiently during the planning stage to realise there was too much descent then re-ascent between Capel Fell and Croft Head. Maybe it is achievable on a warm summer afternoon with plenty of water onboard (topped up in Selcoth Burn) by traversing up west of Nether Coomb Sike, but certainly not this afternoon in the windy showery gloom at 2pm in January.
Satisfaction though that despite the difficulties I managed 12.38 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes, a creditable 2.35mph. Achieving the main purpose of the trip to prepare me physically but more to the point mentally for the winter mountaineering and winter skills course booked with Mountain Vision next week. Most satisfying was recognition in the grip of ‘summit fever’ that I was not going to get up Croft Head without a lot of physical effort and in the time available to be back before dark, even off the fell before dark and on to the relatively safe Southern Upland Way (SUW). The revised plan devised the night before, was to loop back over Croft Head via Broken Back and pick up Scaw’d Fell on the way back but after ending up in Selcoth trying to find a suitable crossing over the wide, steep sided, fast flowing Selcoth Burn decided in view of the weather, time of day and time of year to trudge back to the van along the A708 with my tail between my legs.
|Still a massive steep decent to cross Selcoth Burn at Selcoth.|
Then whole ridge to ascend to Croft Head
Really if you have gone to the trouble to plan a route before the trip in a comfortable armchair don’t get seduced into changing it to pull in that extra peak. On the other hand the original plan was floored so would have needed changing as conditions dictated.
So the lesson from this walk is to stick to the plan you carefully devised from the comfort of your armchair but adapt it as the conditions of the day dictate. The second point worked today and would have worked on the original plan because having discovered the steep descent and reascent I would still have been fresh enough to return to Capel Fell, find my way to the SUH and get up Croft Fell. OK I would not have had the chance of Scaw’d Fell but 3 Marilyn days are rare and are rare for a reason. They are bloody hard work.
Walk Date - 27 January 2015
Walkers - Steve Smith
Start Point - Craigburn (GR - NN ***** *****)
Start Time - 10:00
Finish Point - Craigburn (GR - NN ***** *****)
Finish Time - 15:16
Duration - 5hrs 16mins
Average pace - 2.35mph
Distance Walked - 12.38miles
Height Ascended - ****.**metres
Other walks on this trip
23rd Hart Fell
24th White Coomb
26th Broad Law
27th Capel Fell
Capel Fell (1)
Marilyn (1218S - 1552E,W&S))
Capel Fell (39S - 120E,W&S)
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Capel Fell (50S - 184E,W&S)
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland
|Craigmichen Scar and pyramidical lump|
of Capel Fell from SUH.
Top is hidden beyond false summit