Ascent of Pen-y-ghent on 2015-07-19

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2277 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk is becoming one of my staples. This was my 10th round but the first where I have started from Ribblehead with its grand viaduct that carries the Settle-Carlisle railway line. Our summer has been pretty non-existent to date. Today was no exception with the tops covered at first and showers whipping through on the cold (and fairly strong) wind. The weather improved throughout the day with the clouds lifting and breaking but only allowed me to strip down to my base layer top on descending the final summit of Whernside - any warmth in the sun being negated by the wind. Notwithstanding the weather, this walk is a popular challenge walk (especially for charity walks) and there were still a good number of people out. The busiest spot was the summit of Ingleborough. The route is about 23 miles (with around 1,600m/5,250ft of ascent) and the challenge is to complete within 12 hours. I did a pleasing sub-9 hour round, though that is nothing to brag about as the record is 2hrs 46mins as part of the annual 3 Peaks race. Being contrary I did the route in a clockwise direction to get the long trek between Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent out of the way early on.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1558 ft / 474 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1558 ft / 474 m
    Start Trailhead:719 ft / 219 m
Descent Statistics

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