Yesterday was the day when the Canoes, Mountains & Caves "Community Programme" finally managed to synchronise itself with the excellent mountain conditions which have prevailed in the Lake District over the last few weeks.
A group of eight set off from Seathwaite Farm mid-morning heading up Grains Gill under bright blue skies; via Stockley Bridge and following the line of the water courses up towards Great End: underfoot becoming increasingly icy and snowy.
A traverse across a snow field under the shadow of Allen Craggs and ascent of a short gulley saw us on the main Glarmara - Allen Craggs ridge high above Seathwaite snatching iconic views of "The Gables" and a frozen Sprinklng Tarn.
Its an interesting trek between Allen Craggs and Glaramara, always longer than I remember with much height gain and descent. It would be a challenging exercise to undertake some detailed micro-navigation in this area which abounds with small tarns; ring contours and knobbly contour features. However, on the day it did make for the capture of many fine landscapes.
Glarmara as always proved to be an excellent vantage point.
The descent, via Hind Gill, was every bit as brutal as I recalled it to be from the last time I came down this way. A real knee wrecker, confirming an opinion that anyone planning a day in this area should consider continuing north along the ridge and taking one of the gentler ways down!