This, Jimmy pointed out, was the lowest 8-pointer in the LD, in contrast with the just-done Great Gable G/LD-005, which was the highest. The initial ascent to the main vast summit plateau was steep and relentless, but relatively short. We knew what to expect on the plateau, for we had a great view looking down on it from Great Gable earlier. We would have to walk right across to the other end of it, and then work our way up to the summit.
After completing the initial steep descent to the col with Great Gable, I sat
down for a Nutri-Grain bar, and relieved my aching feet of the boots and socks
for ten minutes. The walk back to Honister would be straightforward with little
in the way of further ascent and descent, but long. We were looking forward to
our long trek through the mountains back to the hostel, secure in the knowledge
the another 16 SOTA points each had been safely earned.
Arriving at the hostel just after 7pm, the excellent warden nonetheless offered
us an evening meal, despite being over an hour after 'last orders'. I was keen
to take this up, especially after noticing the bottles of Jennings Sneck Lifter
for sale behind the reception counter, but Jimmy didn't fancy anything on the
menu, and clearly had a personal agenda to return to the Scafell Hotel. This we
did, for we had indeed enjoyed it there two years previously. I had smoked trout
followed by Cumbrian game casserole, while Jimmy had sweet chilli prawns
followed by steamed Seathwaite trout. The food, again, was good, and beautifully
accompanied by a couple of pints of Helvellyn Ale.