Sunday morning and we had crisp clear air, perfect conditions for a walk. The plan for today was to go up Raise from Glenridding to try and find an area to practise ice axe arrest and crampon work. We set off up the road which leads to Greenside mine. After passing the mine and YHA we started on the zigzags and Catstye Cam came into view. A fantastic sight it was as well, covered in snow almost looking like an alpine scene. It wasn’t long before we reached the start of the chimney a remarkable man made piece of engineering, it served as a stone smelter flue for the mine below. The flue ran over half a mile up Stang to a stone chimney at about 2,250 ft. It was at this point that we stopped for a quick bite to eat and warming brew. From here we surveyed the slopes of Raise in front of us and picked out what looked like a good spot to have a play. When we arrived at the said location it was indeed perfect, an untouched slope of frozen snow. We did ice axe arrest work and practiced walking in crampons before we packed up and set off for the summit. Although the ground conditions where not bad enough to necessitate the permanent use of crampons, it was still good to get them on and have a walk around in them. I have to say the axe arrest work was fun, I really enjoyed that. It was like being a kid again, sliding down the slopes on the snow / ice.
|Not a bad place for Lunch|
|Catstye Cam, Swirral Edge & Helvellyn|