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G/LD-001 Scafell Pike, G/LD-005 Great Gable, G/LD-014 Kirk Fell - Activation Report 12/09/2020

I decided to solo summit Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Kirk fell. My first time in the Lakes since I was young. I was not sure on my level of fitness but I felt that doing just Scafell Pike on its own would not be enough reward for the 6hours of driving, I realised I could probably do the other two peaks, with associated exit routes if required.

Got up around 03:00 and drove 3hours to Wasdale head. Arrived at first light - 06:40 and got on with it, 2h20min up.

I don’t have timings for the others worked out but needless to say it was pushing me. Cramp set in at top of Great Gable.

Ran out of water and had to purify some tarn run off. 10hours of walking, 1500m climbed, 28k steps, 12.5km, 447 floors.

Planning paid off and I learned a lot to improve for next time.

26 SOTA points.

Nice summit to summit with Portugal as well as contacts with Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain. I focused on 2M for the rest of the trip due to the conditions.

Overall, 40 contacts, many thanks to all the Chasers and those who stuck with me for the day - it really helped me to keep going.

12/09/2020 08:37 08:37 7.175 SSB 10 HB9DHA 59 59 SOTA G/LD-001 REINHARD Switzerland
12/09/2020 08:42 08:42 7.175 SSB 10 SM4CJM 55 52 SOTA G/LD-001 Hans Sweden
12/09/2020 08:43 08:43 7.175 SSB 10 LA5WNA 55 55 SOTA G/LD-001 Harald Norway
12/09/2020 08:44 08:44 7.175 SSB 10 EA2CE 55 44 SOTA G/LD-001 Esteban Spain
12/09/2020 08:45 08:45 7.175 SSB 10 EA2CKX 55 42 SOTA G/LD-001 Pedro Spain
12/09/2020 08:47 08:47 7.175 SSB 10 CT2HOV/P 55 41 SOTA G/LD-001 Nuno - Portugal S2S CT/TB-017
12/09/2020 09:02 09:02 145.475 FM 5 M7XUP/M 55 56 SOTA G/LD-001 Steve Dearham
12/09/2020 09:04 09:04 145.475 FM 5 2E0TDX 55 52 SOTA G/LD-001 Neil Chester
12/09/2020 09:05 09:05 145.475 FM 5 2E0XYL 55 52 SOTA G/LD-001 Karen Chester
12/09/2020 09:06 09:06 145.475 FM 5 GM4WHA 59 59 SOTA G/LD-001 Jeff ANNAN
12/09/2020 09:07 09:07 145.475 FM 5 GW1CJJ/P 55 52 SOTA G/LD-001 Phil Colwyn Bay
12/09/2020 09:08 09:08 145.475 FM 5 G1JPV 58 54 SOTA G/LD-001 Tony Frodsham
12/09/2020 09:09 09:09 145.475 FM 5 M0TRI 52 33 SOTA G/LD-001 Andrew Penrith
12/09/2020 09:10 09:10 145.475 FM 5 2E0IKM 58 58 SOTA G/LD-001 Mike Cockermouth
12/09/2020 09:12 09:12 145.475 FM 5 G1OHH 59 59 SOTA G/LD-001 Sue Lancaster
12/09/2020 09:12 09:12 145.475 FM 5 G0TDM 53 31 SOTA G/LD-001 John Penrith
12/09/2020 09:13 09:13 145.475 FM 5 G7CDA 59 59 SOTA G/LD-001 Dougghie Lancaster
12/09/2020 09:14 09:14 145.475 FM 5 G7KSE/P 54 59 SOTA G/LD-001 Alex Cumbria
12/09/2020 12:20 12:20 145.475 FM 5 2E0IKM 58 57 SOTA G/LD-005 Mike Cockermouth
12/09/2020 12:21 12:21 145.475 FM 5 GM4WHA 59 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Jeff ANNAN
12/09/2020 12:22 12:22 145.475 FM 5 M7XUP 59 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Steve Dearham
12/09/2020 12:24 12:24 145.475 FM 5 G1OAE 55 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Tony Seaton
12/09/2020 12:27 12:27 145.475 FM 5 G0TDM 55 51 SOTA G/LD-005 John Penrith
12/09/2020 12:28 12:28 145.475 FM 5 G1OHH 55 57 SOTA G/LD-005 Sue Lancaster
12/09/2020 12:28 12:28 145.475 FM 5 G6LKB 58 57 SOTA G/LD-005 David Ulverston
12/09/2020 12:29 12:29 145.475 FM 5 2E0JCM/M 58 53 SOTA G/LD-005 John Blackburn
12/09/2020 12:30 12:30 145.475 FM 5 GW4ZPL 53 53 SOTA G/LD-005 John Caernarfon
12/09/2020 12:31 12:31 145.475 FM 5 M7AVT/M 54 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Aigars Carlisle
12/09/2020 12:32 12:32 145.475 FM 5 G7CDA 51 54 SOTA G/LD-005 Dougghie Lancaster
12/09/2020 12:33 12:33 145.475 FM 5 G0LWU 52 41 SOTA G/LD-005 Andy Lancaster
12/09/2020 12:34 12:34 145.475 FM 5 GM6LJE 58 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Robert CANONBIE
12/09/2020 12:34 12:34 145.475 FM 5 G7KSE/P 51 59 SOTA G/LD-005 Alex Cumbria
12/09/2020 14:08 14:08 145.475 FM 5 GM4WHA/M 51 54 SOTA G/LD-014 Jeff ANNAN
12/09/2020 14:08 14:08 145.475 FM 5 M0TRI 53 11 SOTA G/LD-014 Andrew Penrith
12/09/2020 14:11 14:11 145.475 FM 5 G0TDM 52 31 SOTA G/LD-014 John Penrith
12/09/2020 14:11 14:11 145.475 FM 5 G1OHH 53 53 SOTA G/LD-014 Sue Lancaster
12/09/2020 14:14 14:14 145.475 FM 5 G4ZRP 52 57 SOTA G/LD-014 Brian Wirral
12/09/2020 14:15 14:15 145.475 FM 5 G0LWU 52 52 SOTA G/LD-014 Andy Lancaster
12/09/2020 14:16 14:16 145.475 FM 5 M7XUP 56 56 SOTA G/LD-014 Steve Dearham
12/09/2020 14:17 14:17 145.475 FM 5 G1OAE 59 59 SOTA G/LD-014 Tony Seaton

Got back down around 17:00 and back home around 20:30, 17.5hours end-to-end.

Definitely found my limit. 40mph winds, no rain but might as well have been with the amount of sweat.

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Thats a pretty long day out.! Thanks for sharing!

Don’t you trust the water on the fells? So far I’ve reached 70 with no ill effects (Although Mrs M6gyu would not necessarily agree!)

I think on balance you’d probably be alright, though there were plenty sheep roaming around there may be a small risk of parasites. YMMV, caveat emptor etc. :smiley:

Congratulations, not sure how I missed you, but clearly not short of chasers!

I’ve bought a SAWYER PRODUCTS SP181 All-in-One Squeeze Filter as a belt-and-braces option for lightening the water load. I’ve been warned about dipping into fell top tarns, but others have confirmed that if you are intelligent about choosing your water sources (high as possible, running water) then you should be fine.

It’s a fine balance between intelligence and perceived risk otherwise. We have had some stories about drinking water from a lovely, fast flowing stream only to find a dead sheep in it upstream.

Enjoy!
Mark.

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Well done - an impressive achievement! I also have one of the squeeze filters, it doesn’t weigh much and gives me a bit of extra confidence. It is always somewhat worrying to have a drink from a stream on the way up to find a dead sheep round the corner. It would be really interesting to know what the risk is.

What is the next challenge? St Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Seat Sandal and Helvellyn? ( I managed the first three in a (long) day but had a much shorter drive )

73 Paul

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This will get done at some point for sure, perhaps after Dec 1st. Only two hour drive to boot, luxury!

Alistair, great achievement, well done. I also got bad (thigh) cramps on Thursday on the long steep descent after activating Scafell Pike and Scafell.

I hadn’t drunk all of my 0.8l bottle of sugar-free cordial. I didn’t feel that thirsty. Maybe I should have drunk more anyway as I was sweating on both ascents. Seems like you weren’t out of water per-say as you purified some wild water. I think a lack of sugary food and absence of replacement electrolytes in the water were probably factors in my case [I just bought some electrolyte tablets for my next long walk]. Did you use them?

I also think [although I’ve read about this I didn’t find a definitive answer – so experts please comment or disagree] that cramp can be caused by depletion of muscle energy ( adenosine triphosphate or ATP, apparently) especially if those muscles are made to do the same action repetitively for many hours. And it may be, that one cannot replace this stored energy fast enough in real-time for a given size of muscle.

Take a few days off.

73, Andy

Salient points Andy. You’re right, I did not run out of water but I knew I did not have enough to do the final peak if I hadn’t have collected more (I carried 2.5l of fluid and feared the weight to carry more than this). I finished it off before I went up (I’d been informed I could get some at the top).

Very interesting on the electrolytes, I do not carry any but I did have a range of fats, sugars, proteins, salty crisps etc through the day to keep the energy levels up. Kendal mint cake and coffee did a lot for the morale.

I think that it was purely down to muscle mass, cardio fitness and as you say the repetitive nature, perhaps not something any additive could fix other than more walking!

73 and well done on your summit of both - great on getting the 200th!