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Starting the Year on Top of the World - Well England at Least!
Scafell Pike (Lake District)
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Scafell Pike (Lake District)
Date: 03/07/13, updated on 03/07/13 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful scenary and a huge achievement
Disadvantages: Hardwork and Challenging
Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 metres/3209 feet high. Did this scare me? No it did not! It only encouraged me to reach the top even more and what better day than New Years Day, I had gone on so many hikes and climbed 'mini mountains' that I stupidly thought - How hard can it be? Hmm well a lot harder than I thought actually.
We had booked a cottage at the bottom of Scafell Pike and woke up bright and early on New Years day ready to conquer the Mountain. With my new hiking boots at the ready (they were a Christmas present off my other half and I was in love with them) we headed out. I wasn't exactly 'dressed for the occasion' with my hiking boots, hiking socks, leggings, jumper dress and leather jacket - I would not advice anyone to do this! After setting off from the cottage we head over towards the base of Wast Water began our route there.
We didn't have a route in mind as we are the kind of couple who like to 'go with the flow' we had our rucksack on hand with all our essentials including food as we knew we would get hungry half way up. It is really important that you make sure you have certain items to hand especially when climbing a mountain like Scafell Pike, this includes a map, torch, food and water and definitely the correct footwear, I can imagine this walk could cause serious problems if the correct footwear isn't worn.
The views from the ground I feel are as astonishing as the views from the top. I was so excited to reach the top but it looked much easier to reach than it actually was. It takes roughly 5-6 hours to complete the walk up Scafell Pike, I would say that all people who are reasonably fit can complete it in this time with just a couple of rest points.
The weather on New Years day wasn't the best and the rain for a couple of days beforehand made the climb slightly more difficult. The walk to the top has the most stunning views, every angle looks different and the landscape appears to change every couple of hundred metres. It was misty the day that we hiked up Scafell and the top of the mountain looked like a gateway to heaven - it was out of this world!
Unfortunately as stunning as this walk was I found it was more difficult than I first expected, as a reasonably fit young women I thought that this would be challenging and that it was, every hour or so I had to have a break and grab a drink. The challenge of conquering Scafell Pike is difficult and not one that should be done without training.
It wasn't the warmest day of the year, in fact it was freezing! The closer we got to reaching the top the colder it was (obviously) but the wind hit you like a block of ice. I couldn't believe how cold it was when you reach the top but all this aside when I finally reached the top the hours of walking, stumbling over rocks, almost freezing and even walking past a lamb that had been killed by a fox it was all worth it!
The views were like something off a postcard or out of a dream, the thought of being on top of the highest mountain in England gets your adrenaline pumping and the sense of achievement takes over. It was more beautiful than I can ever put into words and it finally hits you - You've done it!
We were the only people climbing the mountain on New Years, or so it seemed but at one point a rescue helicopter came circling the area which put my mind at ease slightly in case anything did happen. Luckily for us it didn't but I imagine it could easily go wrong.
The mountain can easily be conquered with the correct training and equipment. This should be on everyone's bucket list as it is inspiring and beautiful and the hard work definitely pays off.
Maps and all information relating to Scafell Pike is easily is available from www.Scafellpike.org.uk. This includes information such as different routes around Scafell Pike and equipment needed etc.
Scafell Pike was an experience that will stay with me for a very long time and next on my list is the Three Peaks Challege which includes climbing, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon - this is one of the most popular ways to climb Scafell Pike, I am actually excited to see this second time round!
No-one can explain the feeling of being on top of England.
Summary: Easily conquered with the correct equipment.
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