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Sharp Edge – Take III

By Phil on 2015.03.16 In Lake District

Last weekend me and my mate Rory headed over to the Lakes to attempt Sharp Edge on route to the summit of Blencathra. This was to be my 3rd attempt at doing Blencathra via Sharp Edge, following my previous failed attempts last October and February due to weather conditions.

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The weather forecast was good, so we were feeling hopeful that we would be able to complete Sharp Edge this time, however as we got closer we could see there was still a lot of snow higher up, so decided we would make our decision on attempting it once we got to Scales Tarn.

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Once we arrived at Scales Tarn we saw three guys coming down from Sharp Edge, so we asked what the conditions were like nearer the top. They said they had turned back due to icy conditions on the final section. As these guys had done Sharp Edge many times before and the fact they had turned back, we decided against attempting it and instead headed to summit of Blencathra via another route and to extend our hike once we got to the summit.

Once we got to the top of Blencathra the views were stunning as always. Despite some cloud, there were patches where the sun was breaking through and lighting up the valleys below as we looked towards Thirlmere and Derwentwater.

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Despite not attempting Sharp Edge, it was still a great hike to the top of Blencathra and we were surprised how much snow there was still around. Some of it was fresh snow from the previous two days and quite deep in places.

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Blencathra has certainly become one of my favourite hikes in the Lakes and I’m sure one day I will do it via Sharp Edge! It’s not like it’s going anywhere anytime soon!

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We then finished the night with some well deserved beers and wine (maybe too much wine for some!) in Ambleside.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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