3 Peaks Challenge: Day 6 Scafell Pike

A good lie in all round for all this morning, well 7.45 which felt like heaven after so many 5am starts. We donned our walking gear, Bob with his new nickname of RoboBob after his purchase of a pretty hard core knee brace, and headed off to the base of the UK’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

The weather was already notably better than for Ben Nevis although we couldn’t see the summit for fog and the occasional spot of rain stopped us being too optimistic for a clear day. Unlike ben Nevis the route up wasn’t clear at all.. so I played guide with the handy 3 peaks pocket guide book Barry had given me ward of. Navigating us across bridges and through gates we soon hit the rocky path up the mountain. The view became more and more spectacular as we overlooked Wast Water and to the Irish Sea and our Laura, who has a fear of heights that have caused her some worries over the trip exclaimed “I can look down, and I’m not scared”! Sometimes facing our biggest fears are what allows us to overcome them! The path up Scafell may be shorter than Ben Nevis, but in places it’s certainly steeper, and the higher we climbed the fog surrounded us until soon we could barely make out the Cairns that were the only thing guiding us to the summit. For the first time since we arrived in the Lake District we had a phone signal, which allowed us a chance for a few pictures and a tweet or two as we made our way further into the fog, climbing almost vertical rock and scrabbling through scree. As we reached the summit the wind picked up and the cold hit us but elated that we had conquered our second mountain we stopped for selfies and sandwiches and quick phone calls home before bracing ourselves for what we know would be a treacherous walk back down.

Laura and Gina’s confidence was so high they practically galloped down the mountain, but not before nature called for me again (it’s becoming a bit of a mountain descent habit) and they shielded me from other climbers so I could once again get closer to nature! The pain on knees and toes was there, and I may have fallen over twice, but as the sun came out we all agreed that this climb was without a doubt easier than the one that had gone before.. and with the weather now turning beautiful we stopped to enjoy a paddle in the waterfall on the way down. Reaching the base again we were so surprised that we felt so full of energy, as although Scafell is not as high as Nevis, it’s still a very long way up! Evidently we are now seasoned Mountain Climbers ;)

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