Blacks HQ vs Scafell Pike

Spirits were high on Thursday the 23rd of March as Blacks HQ powered down their laptops, gulped down their brews and headed out for the heart of the Lake District and basecamp for the night, Derwent YHA. The mission: to work together as a team to successfully summit England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.

Our chances did not look good…

Fortunately the wonderful people at Berghaus had generously offered to assist us on our mission and together with their know how, a kit bag full of Extrem jackets, a few walking essentials and the experienced leaders at Lakeland Mountain Guides, we set off on a sunny morning on Friday the 24th confident in our mission's success.

Unfortunately, despite the unseasonable good weather on the day, the preceding weeks of typical British fair had buried the top of Scafell (and the routes leading to it) in knee deep snow. Instead, we opted for the equally as beautiful and almost as challenging Styhead Tarn trail.

Our thanks to legendary climber Mick Fowler for his truly inspiring presentation, all the people at Berghaus and the team at Derwent YHA for putting up with our rowdy bunch. Also special thanks to our photographer Rob Trengove who lugged a giant lens and kit bag for 12 kilometres up hill in order to capture these amazing shots. Well worth the effort we think you’ll agree.

Welcome! Willkommen! Konnichiwa!
(whispering) Now lean in we're going to tell you a secret…
Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.
 

In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it?
Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat.
However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!

On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.
 

For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.

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