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Report on Haystacks
13 February 2010   (3278 views)

Attendees: Hilary, Irene, Gail and Dorothy

After much discussion, we had decided against joining the lads on the Great Gables. We were all tired after yesterday's walk and had decided that it would take too much effort to get to the summit in similar conditions to yesterday so Haystacks was our plan B.

So we parked at the Slate Mine on the Honister Pass, from here there was a very good path all the way. The weather was looking a lot better than yesterday but was still quite cold. There was a very strong thread of clag approaching so we were prepared and took some photos of Buttermere with low cloud above it, just in case that was the best we got all day. We continued on the path and as we passed the slate house and quarry, there was a flurry of snow but the sky did look a bit brighter and we were hopeful of it lifting. We continued on past Blackbeck Tarn and were soon on the summit, well one of the summits. We visited all of them to make sure we didn?t miss the top. The sky had cleared now and was a lovely deep blue with puffy white clouds. We took lots of photos and managed to get some really good shots of Great Gables and hoped the guys were having as good a time as we were. We had our lunch here and enjoyed the lovely views.

Eventually we decided to make our way back down so re-traced our steps back down to the slate mine where we had a well- earned cup of coffee.
We then drove down to Buttermere and to the church where Wainwright had looked through the window at Haystacks. More photos. We then had ice cream before heading back to the hostel to get ready for a well earned night on the razzle.

Dorothy McGhee

Great Gable
Girls on top
Hilary and Irene
Looking towards Buttermere
Cold start
From Haystacks
Mark and Kev on Great Gable
Looking down
Helvellyn in distance
Wainwright plaque
Haystacks from church in Buttermere

Photos: Irene Cahill and Hilary Neilson

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