: I'm Not Doing That !
not doing that !" said Robin when I told him
about the idea of going up Jack's Rake to do the Langdale
days later, as we set off, he vehemently repeated the
statement and added that his son had also told him not
to do it.
you are unfamiliar with Jack's Rake, it is a long steep
path up the side of the Pavey Ark cliff face. That
itself is not the problem as you are protected from
the sheer drop of several hundred feet by a low barrier
of rock on your left hand side. The problem is
a very short section which is unprotected where surefootedness
and strong nerves are required. Thereafter it
is a relatively easy ascent to the summit.
was put to the back of our minds as we climbed up the
flagged staircase to Stickle Tarn, passing lots of ghyll-scrambling
school kids on the way.
Tony, not up the Crinkles
the tarn something remarkable happened. We looked
across to the fearsome cliff where we could see a number
of people on the Rake. All of a sudden Robin cried "I
am doing that. I am going up Jack's Rake."
Stickle Tarn looking across to.....
Pavey Ark and Jack's Rake
the right hand photo above to see the path rising sharply
from right to left across the cliff face.
a result we headed over to the approach to the Rake
where he was still of the same mind. So Stan led
the way and the ascent was undertaken.
was an unexpected challenge part of the way up. Two
men had set off before them with three dogs. However,
one of the dogs got vertigo and wouldn't go any further
so they had to turn back. This caused a bit of
a problem as the Rake is really only wide enough for
one person. Anyway, men and dogs did manage to
negotiate their way past and a few minutes later Jack's
Rake had been conquered.
confessed that it was more hairy than he recalled from
his previous ascents (when he was much younger). Understandably,
Robin was very pleased with himself. However,
when we asked him if he would do it again he was adamant.
am definitely NOT doing that. Ever."
we, the other four, enjoyed the ascent? Definitely.
We had taken one look at the Rake and repeated
what we too had said at the outset. "We are
NOT doing that." So we went up the steep
but easy and totally protected scramble of North Rake
and waited for our heroes to emerge.
down on Stickle Tarn
and John emerge from North Rake
photo for Terry
objective for the day was to bag several
more Wainwrights for Terry, of which Pavey
Ark was the first. However, he was temporarily
distracted by two pretty young maidens and
had to be prised away.
didn't actually need Sergeant Man, nor did
John but Robin chose it as his reward. It
was a bit of a boggy trek around the Bright
Beck catchment area but, in relation to
what we all had done, an easy conquest.
back to Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark
boggy retreat led to an even easier top, Thunaker Knott-
hardly a peak at all but it did offer a fine panorama
of the main Langdale tops from behind.
Langdales from behind
was John's very own Harrison Stickle (see BB1228)
reclaims his own
Ark from Harrison Stickle
sugar loaf Pike o'Stickle was next, mist swirling around
it. We went up by the almost scary route. The
track winds round the side of the rocky mound and just
when you think that you are going to be even more exposed
than on Jack's Rake, a crevice appears on your left
offering a simple and safe short hands-on climb which
takes you up to the summit. In fact, I find the
descent by the normal path to be much more difficult.
jogging to Pike o'Stickle
Crag to the right of Harrison Stickle
Crag completed the collection. In comparative
terms it is a doddle and leads to the simplest way off
the fell. You can look down on the Dungeon Ghyll
route with its long section having a steep drop to its
right hand side and breath a sigh of relief about the
way you are heading.
at the ODG car park we had a bit of a stand-off. John,
who was our chauffeur, had time pressures and announced
that there was no possibility of a pint. We would
have to go. Now.
not doing that," said Tony who sat down in front
of the car in protest.
this crisis point, John phoned home and got an unexpected
pass-out. "To the bar," he cried.
came the response in unison, "We're all doing that!"
Wednesday 6th July 2016
6th July 2016
climbed in feet:
Ark, Sergeant Man, Thunaker Knott, Harrison
Stickle, Pike o'Sticle, Loft Crag
Don, John, Mike, Robin, Stan, Terry,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1625 .
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- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
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