Here's a relatively recent archive, with some pleasing images. Click on the image above to access a slideshow. This posting is principally for Nick, to whom I have recently copied 'archive footage' despite his not being present on the trips concerned.
New Year's Day 2006 - Bow Fell (Sue's Diary Entry)
After a night punctuated by fireworks and text messages, we
were away from Balmoral Drive
at 8:00 with Andrew. The grey clouds which delivered last night's rain had
mostly dispersed, giving a nice pink sunrise.
Hardly any traffic and it took just two hours to reach the
Old Dungeon Ghyll where we met Nick and Daniela. The direct route to Bow Fell
was chosen as Andrew has been ill recently. But that's ok, as I hadn't used
that route before.
The wind was cool but the mountain was clear, and we soon
warmed up climbing the manicured path. Few others were around.
11 am, we stopped in a sunny spot for tea and caramel shortbread / brownies.
The path became more icy as we approached the Three Tarns col,
where the water was frozen.
The final climb to the summit was snowy and steep. A little
cloud obscured the sun, and with the keen wind, more clothing was needed again.
A short pause on the top for photos, and to pick out Blackpool Tower
and the Isle of Man, and nearer, the tops of Scafell Pike
and Scafell were just hidden in cloud.
A quick lunch in the lee of the wind on the top, then across
Bow Fell's tops, following rabbit prints in the snow.
The path down to Angle Tarn was icy, so care was needed.
A yellow rescue helicopter made repeated visits low over the
neighbouring crag, its door open to search below. After several attempts to
find what they were looking for, the chopper left, leaving silence once more.
Angle Tarn, with its patchy ice, was a suitable place to
finish the flask contents, before heading back down another immaculate path,
created to prevent erosion in Rossett Ghyll.
The hillsides here were golden brown from the bracken.
The Old Dungeon Ghyll provided pots of tea for punters
inside and out, and we finally headed for home at 4:20 pm, as it got dark.
Here's our route. We started at 10:15, lunched on Bow Fell
12:40 to 1:00 pm, and were back down by 3:30 after about 5 hours of walking, 13
km with 850 metres ascent.