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Scales Tarn - 7th October 2010

3 hours 40 minutes

We parked one car at Thirlkeld at the public carpark near the Blencathra Centre ready for our descent from the fell, and then drove up the main road to Scales where we managed to park in a small car park at the end of the road. From here we started the long and fairly steep hike to Scales Tarn. Although it was a very pleasant day, Sharp Edge was engulfed in mist and we were a bit concerned about it being slippy underfoot, so we decided not to do Sharp Edge. Instead we climbed away from Scales Tarn on the right hand trail, stopping from time to time to watch other walkers who were progressing up the Edge. Some were moving really slowly, sometimes on all fours, so they were obviously taking things carefully.

Ready for off...Tony, Jim, Torben & Mick

After the first climb.... a broad grass area.....the left hand trail leads to Scales Tarn

Torben and Jim in the lead

Heading to Scales Tarn

Steep part of the trail prior to Scales Tarn

Arriving at Scales Tarn... the left hand trail avoids Sharp Edge ridge

View of Sharp Edge in the mist from Scales Tarn

Scales Tarn and Sharp Edge

Sharp Edge

People on Sharp Edge

Looking back down on Scales Tarn

Jim and Torben

Sun lighting up Scales Tarn

Clouds rolling in behind us

A closer look at Sharp Edge.... the dots in the centre are people on the ridge

The trail ahead, on the route down to Thirlkeld

Misty at the top

The trail ahead

Yet another group photo! Jim, Torben, Tony & Mick

Misty views


The trail down