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2005 12 29 - Place Fell with Paul D.

We climbed up from Patterdale to Boredale Hause and continued via Round How to the summit. From the summit of Place Fell we followed the path that drops down  between Black Crag and Mortar Crag and then follows Scalehow beck towards Ullswater. It was bright and sunny most of the day with much less snow than anticipated except on the highest fells. There were distant dark clouds from time to time but none approached us too closely. Despite a crisp, heavy frost everywhere it was also less cold than we expected though the summit was no place to loiter long. Visibility was good other than in the direction of the sun where views were hazy. There were lots of people out on the fell enjoying what was a great day for walking. Before heading home we enjoyed a fine pint of Hawkshead bitter at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

 

Place Fell from the car park near the Patterdale Hotel

 

The frosty valley bottom

 

Patterdale from near the start of the path up to Boredale Hause

 

Fairfield in cloud

 

Boredale Hause or thereabouts

 

The gully climbing towards the summit ridge

 

Looking towards Caudale Moor from the cairn at the southern end of Place Fell

 

The trig point at the summit

 

No gloves!

 

Towards St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn - I think

 

Dropping down the other side which is considerably more frosty

 

Further down and the other side of Ullswater is snow free and frost free

 

The setting sun over Ullswater

 

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