Both days were characterised by strong and bitterly cold Easterly winds, but mostly clear skies and far reaching views more than compensated for this.
Yesterday was a solo run for me. Following the track from Ambleside up to Scandale Pass, then up to the summit plateau of Red Screes. The broad and grassy ridge then gave a wonderful descent that felt really fast. As is usually the case, this route was very quiet, I passed only 3 walkers during the whole route.
Today we drove the short distance into Langdale. Kate joined me today as we took in Bowfell via The Climbers traverse and The Great Slab. Sections of compacted snow slowed us from time to time, but for the most part we could run as normal. Lots of walkers out enjoying the clear weather, but we had the more technical sections of the route all to ourselves.
The strong easterly wind made sure we didn't hang around high on the mountain, so a rapid descent was called for and that's what we did. Blasting down to 3 Tarns then back down The Band to find increasingly warm conditions as we became sheltered from the wind.
Two sublime trips into the local mountains. It has been good to get away from the news, even for a short time.
Wishing good health to all
Mark & Kate