Saturday, 28 September 2013
Arnison Crag and Hexamid Trial
It's after tea when I get parked up in Patterdale and head up Arnison Crag behind the hotels. Instead of keeping to the wall side I stupidly head for the ridge and pay the price of wading through deep bracken. It's getting dark but I need to keep going to finally find water below Trough Head in Hag Beck.
Dawne has given me some pre cooked stew to heat up for my tea . This is not a success as my cooking system is designed for boiling water, pouring it on a dried meal and leaving it in the pot cosy for 20 mins. Thin titanium pans and thick stew don't work on an uncontrollable meths stove.
The tent performs well as it's quite windy in the night. It has an open mesh floor which is draughty. So maybe if it was raining it would blow through. The draught did seem to prevent condensation on the single skin Cuben Fibre. At 500g the tent is very light. I've used my Leki pole as the support, but had to lengthen it with a home made section from an old Black Diamond pole.
Next morning after 2 bowls of porridge I power up into the mist on the east ridge of St Sunday Crag.
No views off the summit but as I head towards Birks I get a super view of Nethermost Cove.
A knee jarring descent off the end of Birks sees me quickly back at the car and home in time for dinner and cutting the grass in the afternoon.