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    Richard Easton

    We gather at Lanthwaite Green. After what seems like months of dreary weather there is a palpable sense of relief. It’s cold and sunny. From below, the NW route up Grasmoor looks steep and imposing, but an unobvious path snakes up through the heather, mostly avoiding the loose scree. The main feature of the face is a “pinnacle” described by Wainwright (top 600m). A grassy ramp leads to a rocky band. Michael discovers the “fat man’s agony” noted by AW (has always eluded me). After that some scrambling. The final section of the pinnacle is best done on rock but today this is greasy and we opt for the deeply incised gully on the left. The pinnacle top affords a fine viewpoint. Refreshments. After, the path continues up, now an alpine ridge, the upper bowl of the Lorton Gully scramble falling away to our right. Grasmoor End, then onto the summit cairn for lunch (cairn apparently assembled from neolithic burial site). John (new to club) wanders off and sees his shadowed, haloed, image cast over Gasgale Gill. A Brocken Spectre. That sort of day. Then over to Coledale Hause, Sand Hill to Hope Gill Head. Ridge down to Whiteside delectable as ever. Scrambly descent and off to the Kirkstile Inn for a pint.

    Many thanks to Michael R, Judith, Celia, Jon T, John Pitchford, Stuart Kirkwood, Scott Hutchinson and Geraint for making this such a pleasant, convivial day. Great photos on WhatsApp.


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