Haystacks Jan 2019

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Mountain Mackem, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    Hi All

    I thought I would have ango at posting a quick trip report and some photos from an overnight trip at the weekend. The forecast was dire for the Saturday with heavy rain predicted until the evening, dying back to showers then snow overnight with gusty winds on the Sunday. They were not far off the mark!
    [​IMG]IMG_20190126_131553 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    I parked up at the NT carpark at Buttermere and headed along the lake shore. Trying to be positive I had packed the Trailstar with a view to camping in Ennerdale if the weather was less savage than the forecast. By the time I reached the farm I had abandoned such positivity and opted for Dubs Hut.
    [​IMG]IMG_20190126_135147 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    [​IMG]The view back down to Buttermere from close to the hut.
    [​IMG]IMG_20190126_143556 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    By the time I arrived at Dubs I was drenched from the waist down. Time to re-think my shell layer. Anyway, the good news was that three guys from the MBA were at the hut having just installed a new stove. It throws off some heat and dried my gear.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190126_160548 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    Various folk arrived throughout the remainder of the evening, including a party of 9 people and 3 dogs, who thankfully decided to seek alternative accommodation. In the end there were 8 of us in the hut by the time the light dawned.

    Overnight it had snowed and the wind was whistling over the roof of Dubs .

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_091547 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    After helping the MBA guys pack up their truck, I made way towards Blackbeck Tarn and then onto Haystacks.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_094449 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    The view over Buttermere towards Crummock Water.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_095008 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    The paths became increasingly icy as I ascended to Innominate Tarn.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_100504 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    At the summit of Haystacks I was pounded by the wind which made traversing the icy summit a bit of a challenge. Overall, though, it was 100% better than the previous day.

    [​IMG]AdobeLightroom by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    There were a few hardy souls around Scarth Gap pass, but once down the steep section of Haystacks the remainder of the walk back to Buttermere was a lot easier.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_105447 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_114507 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    Hardly an epic adventure but useful run out for me with some new gear. I loaded the Prophet with an ice axe and crampons, neither being remotely useful this weekend, but it was good to know the Prophet handled the load with ease. Pleased with that one, although I need to refine a system for loading the big mat on the top of the sack.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190127_123702 by Dave Morland, on Flickr

    Hope you enjoyed reading....and hope the photos display ok
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
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  2. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    No photos showing for me.
    Safari on MacAir.
  3. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Non member restrictions. Need to be hosted elsewhere and linked with bbcodes
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  4. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

  5. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I'm seeing all but 3 now.
  6. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    1 missing and 6 only part loaded - are they quite big data-wise ? …. too much for our dodgy internet connection ?? o_O
  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    On Android, all but 2 showing for me.
  8. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    I can see them all now on Android on mobile.
  9. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Very nice :thumbsup: lovely area of the Lakes..
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  10. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    Nice pictures! Need to check that hut out, never knew it was around there
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  11. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    There are two bothies in that area. Warnscale is a little lower on the other side of the stream about 5 mins walk from Dubs Hut.
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  12. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

  13. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    :angelic:
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  14. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    Intrigued. Give me a clue :thumbsup:
  15. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Warnscale is a great little bothy. Can be a bit damp at times . Some people have difficulty in finding
    it as it blends so well into the hillside ,particularly in bad weather. As an MBA member I was disappointed
    to see a while ago the detritus left behind by some users ,and as usual did some clearing up. Abuse of
    the bothies is an increasing problem as they become more well known through being featured in the walking
    magazines and other media .
  16. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    The issue with both these huts is their accessibility. Doesn't excuse irresponsible behaviour though. :(

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