A welcome return to winter in Wasdale

A day of calm, of blue skies, snow clad summits and frozen paths - after long months of incessant rain and endless gales it was a welcome return to winter in Wasdale. A few shots from a beautiful day high above Wasdale Head, running the horseshoe that takes in Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Steeple and Pillar - more to follow once I've sorted the images.
On the broad summit ridge of Pillar, with grandstand views of the Scafell range and Kirkfell centre left. The snow was perfect - hard névé covering the boulder fields which characterise these summits and the ideal testing ground for some new kit: the Nortec micro-crampons.
Yewbarrow: this shot taken at the end of the day though the steep climb to reach the path which traverses its flank to reach Dore Head provided a stiff warm-up immediately after leaving the lake that morning.
Leaving Wasdale, the classic view (L to R) of Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell - some of the finest Lakeland fells, from what remains to my mind, one of the least spoiled Lakeland valleys.

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