Running - Offroad long (Red Pike - Yewbarrow Recc) 6:20:02  27.65 km (13:45 / km) +2528m 9:26 / km
ahr:113 max:153 shoes: Mudclaw 275 (blk)
Last-minute day off work since the Lakes forecast looked good. Paid off; great decision.
Since it was November in the mountains on my own, carrying a totally unreasonable number of layers (2 coats, 2 mid layers, two hats, three pairs of gloves...) most of which went totally unused. But it was comforting to have them.
Up to Hay Stacks, then checked the standard fell race line was definitely better by coming down the tourist path route (answer: definite yes) and nearly falling off a few cliffs. Then down into the valley and steeply up the other side to the High Level Route (or some such name). Pretty slow going as rough and wet-rocky, but good fun. Saw a team of five shepherds each with a dog(s) getting their sheep in. I've always vaguely wondered how they did it in the high fells but never given it much thought. Never considered them working together but makes sense! Impressive anyway.
Snow on the top of Pillar. Found the path to Pillar from the E for the first time ever, so that was nice, but lost it in the snow a couple of times.
Aim of the recce: Red Pike to Yewbarrow via W of Gosforth crag. I didn't expect this to be viable but fancied a go. And actually...
- there's 80m more ascent and 80m more descent (ish)
- it's grassy the whole way
- it look 36:36 vs 43:26 going the normal way in the opposite direction
So would need to do it the normal way to compare properly.
I was thinking that it had more potential for an a/c round (easy grassy descent and steep climb) but actually, the rocky climb would probably be okay if the descent was alright; so need to try that.
On a clockwise round still think it could be viable if you could find as straight-as-possible a way down. You'd need to be good at steep grass though.
From Dore Head, came down Dorehead Screes which was grim (far too steep) and I should remember not to attempt again. Up would be okay.
It turns out the 700m+ climb (in a mile) from Wasdale to Kirk Fell is pretty tough; I guess that is about 1:2 gradient so not unexpected really. Staying to the S coming down Rib End seemed to have slightly more grass. Rest pretty standard; enjoyed not climbing Great Gable for a change (didn't even consider it).
Back for indoor skydiving in the evening, just in time before everything closes for lockdown. Actually more fun than I thought it would be :)