|Route taken by Phil G4OBK and friend Geoff on 31st March 2011|
|Hinning House Close Car Park - Dunnerdale|
After heading home from the Lakes the previous Monday we were back around lunchtime on the Thursday of the same week....I drove through Little Langdale and the Wrynose Pass and met Geoff at Cockley Beck Bridge. We drove down Dunnerdale to park up at the Hinning House Close car park (no charge) to start our walk up to Harter Fell and then across Ulpha Fell to Green Crag, our second Wainwright of the afternoon. We then planned to head for Wasdale for the next three days and climb some of the bigger tops above there.
It was a steady walk up to the jagged top of Harter Fell with little scrambling. What an interesting summit - fantastic views into Eskdale on t'other side and a super view of the Wainwright of Grey Friar and the Coniston Fells to the west.
|Ready to leave Harter Fell for the next target Green Crag|
|Harter Fell from the flank of Green Crag|
We now needed to cross Spothow Gill which meant we would lose 1000 feet of the height gained climbing Harter Fell and then have to put another 500 feet on getting to the top of Green Crag LDW-176. There was no clear path on the ground and a wire fence in the bottom of the Gill which we had to climb. It was here that I dipped one leg into the beck by mistake and went down to the knee. A wet foot and nothing more - I could live with that! (Geoff had his turn in Wasdale 3 days later - served him right for laughing at me!). I mistook Long Crag in the distance as Green Crag but as we closed in I realised we needed to go around Long Crag - Green Crag was half a mile further on. The lower fell proved less successful on VHF (2m FM) as you would expect but I still managed 14 contacts. It was getting late and time we legged it back to Dunnerdale and on to our B&B at the head of Wasdale.
|Geoff on a windy Green Crag with Harter Fell in the background|