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.