Ascent of Pen-y-ghent on 2018-05-18

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2277 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

17th time around this classic walk but this time with a twist. Started in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and went anti-clockwise. For a change I thought I would do an overnight round. Started in Horton at 8pm so as to arrive at the top of Pen-y-ghent for sunset. I spent a while up there watching a colourful sky develop as the sun went down. I was able to reach the valley before it went completely dark. Even then, for a while, I was able to walk without a head torch.

I was at Ribblehead by midnight. I started slowing down here reaching Whernside's summit at 2.15am. I stopped for a longer break in the windshelter by the trig point and had a brief sleep, woken by the cold. Even in mid-summer in benign conditions it was very chilly.

I hoped to get to the summit of Ingleborough by sunrise but just missed out. Nonetheless I had the benefit of the soft light of the sun low in the sky. Here I met my first person. It was 5.30am. He had also come up for sunrise and was surprised to see anyone else. We had a long chat marvelling at the conditions and the views.

I was back in Horton by 7.35am, passing walkers coming the other way as I went through Sulber Nick.

Overall an interesting experience helped by the fact that I know the route well - navigation in the dark at a few points might be tricky if you do not know it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1558 ft / 474 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1558 ft / 474 m
    Start Trailhead:719 ft / 219 m
Descent Statistics

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