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2006 07 04 - Red Pike, Black Crag, and Pillar with Paul D.

It was a very hot day, perhaps too hot for serious hill walking. The thunder storm the night before had at least cleared the air of the haziness we had experienced the previous day and visibility was good in all directions. We set off from Wasdale Head, sweating and straining our way up the steep path beside the scree to Dore Head. We had lunch on Red Pike, detoured around Scoat Fell (for reasons which are now beyond me - it must have been the sun!) and reached Pillar via Black Crag and Wind Gap. We descended via Black Sail Pass for pints and a superb steak and ale pie at the Wasdale Head Inn. It was another tremendous day's walk.

 

The way up to Dore Head

 

Looking back to Dore Head and Stirrup Crag

 


The cairn at 2629 ft.

 


Towards the summit


 

Red Pike summit

 


The view towards Kirk Fell and Great Gable from near the summit


 

An old boot abandoned on Black Crag's cairn with Steeple beyond

 


Paul at Pillar's summit

 


Grasmoor in the distance

 


With Holly at the summit

 


Looking down into Ennerdale as we leave the summit

 


The Black Sail Youth Hostel is the small black smudge in the middle of the photograph

 


Scarth Gap pass between High Crag and Haystacks

 


Green Gable and Great Gable from just above Black Sail Pass

 


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