Weisshorn of Buttermere

The Lakeland fells are not generally known for their alpine character though there are a few exceptions: Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag for instance is remarkably alpine, if in miniature, under winter conditions. But generally, the more rounded summits and broad ridges, bear little in similarity to the high mountains of the Alps. 
And yet I have always been struck by the view of Grassmoor when seen from the western shore of Crummock Water. The face, split by Lorton Gully - which offers a character building scramble for the unwary - conjuring images of the Eiger; where Lorton Gully splits I see the features described so vividly in The White Spider - The Ramp, The Traverse of the Gods, The Exit Cracks...but perhaps that is just me.
Whiteless Pike on the other hand, was likened by none other than Wainwright, to another summit in the Alps, describing it as the Weisshorn of Buttermere. For that, again one needs to be beside Crummock Water. I prefer the view from above, and the dramatic ridge which drops sharply to Buttermere. It is a fine descent to run.
All the more so following the ascent of Hopegill Head...
...and of course Grassmoor, which, when approaching from the north-east and Gasgale Gill, is a much easier proposition.
Like it's alpine brethren however, it is not a run for those who enjoy easier gradients, climbing nearly 4,000ft in just over 10 miles with much of that being in the first mile, assuming a start and finish around Lanthwaite, though we ran from Loweswater on this day which if nothing else, allowed cold legs to warm up before starting on the steep climb of Gasgale Crags.