Saturday, 9 May 2015
Skye ridge training in the Lakes
Day two consisted of a wet start and a dry finish. After meeting again at Seathwaite we headed back up to Styhead tarn and this time headed west to Napes Needle. We took the climbers traverse which had some interesting terrain to cover in the wet and was great practice for everyone. We arrived at the needle and agreed that we should all do the classic Grade 1 and 'Thread the Needle'. Classic it may be, on the day, E1! Quite a contrast from Ill Crag, very smooth and slippy in the wet. After threading the needle we stayed on the climbers traverse (we think) and continued scrambling, following our noses, weaving in and around the crag and ridges before questing up a gully, past Westmorland crag and onto Great Gable (899m). On the summit, it was Saturday after all, were several teams, a couple thinking they were on Kirk Fell (1km away)....ooops! After giving them some direction we descended into Black Sail Pass, over to Windy Col and back to Styhead Tarn and finishing our day back at Seathwaite. Looks like Chris and Mick are ready for the Cuillin!