Ascent of Cat Bells on 2018-03-31

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cat Bells
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

Karen selected this as her warm up hike and it did not disappoint. It is a low prominence peak so I was not originally interested in it, but the weather down at lower elevations was good compared to up high and one could actually see! So after a total white out hike at Skiddaw earlier, I got to see this special terrain from up about 1000 feet and had a great time.

Yes, there are tons of people...this is very popular hike but there is good reason for that. The views of the surrounding mountains and lake area wonderful and the peak route has several interesting false summits with some nice steep edges and minor class 2+ and lower class 3 scrambles. Parking is tough but late in the day we found a place down road of the parking lot and hiked up getting a bit more distance in the process.

I estimate that the saddles between the false summits create about 90 feet of additional gain to the hike each way.Another hike with easy to follow paths. Depending on where you park you are looking at a round trip of anywhere from 2 to 3 miles and over a thousand feet of gain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1365 ft / 415 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:1+, 2+ some minor 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
44F winds up to 20 mph
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1275 ft / 388 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1185 ft / 362 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:road hike up to standard route from North
    Start Trailhead:Parked along road down from Catbell Parking a ways  295 ft / 89 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Gain on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
Ascent Part of Trip: England-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Latrigg2018-03-30281 ft / 86 m
2Skiddaw2018-03-31 a2225 ft / 678 m
3Skiddaw-Little Man2018-03-31 b410 ft / 125 m
4Cat Bells2018-03-31 d1365 ft / 416 m
5Scafell Pike2018-04-01 a2963 ft / 903 m
6Lingmell2018-04-01 b327 ft / 100 m
8Whitbarrow2018-04-02585 ft / 178 m
Total Trip Gain: 8156 ft / 2486 m    Total Trip Loss: 455 ft / 138 m

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