Map of route: http://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_3909155.html
After a later than planned wake up and the torturous drive to Wasdale, I eventually parked up around 3pm.
I packed away a couple of treats bought on route, saddled up and set off towards Wastwater.
The first stretch of the route took me back up the road I'd driven down, not my ideal way to start an adventure but there was no other way round it as no overnight parking is allowed.
The surrounding peaks looked very impressive, especially the Great Gable which looked quite menacing!
A few kilometres later and I veered off right picking up a path that would take me beside Nether Beck.
|Osprey Aether 70 by Nether Beck.|
|That made two of us taking in the scenery!|
I quickly realised I'd find neither, so descended back down the way I'd came, this time crossing over the wall towards Ennerdale Water.
Eventually I put up with a slight gradient and had the Ion 2 pitched in no time.
|Fantastic camp overlooking Ennerdale Water.|
As the sun set I grabbed a few photo's of my spectacular surroundings and retired indoors for hot chocolate and snacks while I checked tomorrows route.
I woke up to broken cloud and the sun trying its best to break through, after a quick breakfast I packed away and set off back towards the dip between Haycock and Scoat Fell.
As I turned Northeast and started my ascent of Scoat Fell, the cloud started to thicken again.
As I left the summit heading towards Pillar the views opened up again offering breathtaking views of the many impressive crags.
|Steeple as I headed to Pillar.|
|Looking down towards Wasdale.|
As I summited my third Wainwright of the trip, cloud had yet again ruined any decent views from the top!
after a quick slurp of water I set off Southeast in the direction of Kirk Fell.
|Cloudy summit of Pillar.|
I had a nice steady amble as I made my way towards the Black Sail Pass, being very cautious near the edges!
As I passed the first person I'd seen all morning I decided some food was needed.
I sat down moments before lunchtime and fired up the trusty Jetboil for a meal of BBQ pork with rice.
|Lunch break with fine views of Yewbarrow.|
I made a couple of photographic stops along the way as the still tarns were just too tempting to pass up.
|Pillar and its reflection in a nameless tarn.|
|Kirk Fell Crags|
|Pug Ling Moth Caterpillar.|
As I hit yet more crossroads I headed Northeast for the summit of Hay Stacks, I was surprised at the amount of effort needed for such a small fell, the rocky scramble seemed endless and I must have counted thirty people all with the same idea.
|High Crag from Hay stacks.|
I found a cracking little pitch beside Innominate Tarn and sat back in the sun for a few hours watching the world go by, noting a lot of Australian and American accents as they made there way along the path.
|Innominate Tarn with Pillar in the background.|
|Force 10 Ion 2 blends in quite well.|
The following morning was a complete contrast, everywhere was unbelievably still and blanketed in murk.
|The morning after a nasty storm on Hay Stacks.|
I wandered about grabbing a few shots before it started to rain again, once inside the tent I began to pack up leaving the flysheet on till last, donned my waterproofs and took the path to Blackbeck Tarn.
|Blackbeck towards Buttermere and Crummock Water.|
Within no time at all I was back on the valley floor and ready to start my ascent of Black Sail Pass.
As with most of my ascents on this trip I struggled to get going, making time for a quick 'selfie' with Hay Stacks in the background.
Despite a few boggy encounters I eventually reached the top, safe in the knowledge I only had a relaxing downhill stroll to go.
|Yewbarrow and Red Pike.|
|Dor beetle on the Black Sail Pass.|
|Yewbarrow from the Black Sail Pass.|
|BAe Hawk enjoying the Fells.|