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St Sunday Crag LD-010


St Sunday Crag, G/LD-010 - 841m ASL - NY 369 134 - OS Explorer OL5 - 8 SOTA points       Map & summit information from SOTAwatch     Click to return to summit index


Looking ahead to St Sunday Crag            Tom completing the descent of Cofa Pike

Continuing our trek on Wednesday 23rd July 2008, we took a compass bearing from the summit plateau of Fairfield G/LD-007. Visibility was poor, but our compass reassuringly pointed us in the direction of a cairn. We were soon finding it very tough going descending, almost scrambling extremely steeply down loose scree. A brief respite along slightly kinder terrain, and we were at Cofa Pike, which I had been warned could offer a degree of exposure. Apart from a steep drop lurking rather close to my left, it wasn't too bad, and I later realised we had come down the side of it rather than over the top of it!

Looking back to Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal LD-022    Tom on the final ascent

As we hit the saddle between Fairfield and St Sunday Crag G/LD-010, suddenly we were on a good wide path with easy walking terrain underfoot. The gradient up to St Sunday Crag's summit was much more reasonable, and we were at the summit cairn in good time, just after 4pm. Nine contacts were made using the VX-7R and RSS, with lots of 59 reports passing back and forth.

Tom & Jimmy, summit of St Sunday Crag    Jimmy M3EYP

So we had completed the three SOTA activations on this fine mountain traverse route, and now just remained the descent into Patterdale. This seemed to be a long descent which went on forever, one of those where you can see the valley far below, but never seem to get any nearer down to it! Ultimately of course, we did, and the final walk along the track into the village was accompanied with a sense of achievement.

Summit of St Sunday Crag    Descending from St Sunday Crag summit to Patterdale

We checked in at the Old Water View B&B, run by Ian, a mountain guide by day and a veteran of the Coast 2 Coast, Pennine Way and LEJOG routes. He was excellent, in ensuring our boots were dry and offering to tumble dry our damp clothes. It hadn't rained at all, but walking in hot weather can make your socks and shirts nearly as damp! I was carrying a spare shirt in my pack, but I had changed halfway through the day, meaning they were both damp. I suggested keeping my England away shirt for the evening, figuring that would dry faster over the next hour or so, but Ian insisted on taking both shirts to tumble dry, and kindly lending me a shirt of his own for me to wear in the pub. An excellent landlord!

Descending towards Patterdale, with Ullswater ahead    The Old Water View B&B, Patterdale

Ian also passed me a piece of paper that informed that John G3WGV would be arriving at 8pm to join us in the pub. A shower and a change later, and with me sporting a shiny and comfy LDWA polo shirt, I was browsing the reflector on the computer in the guest lounge. John arrived shortly after, and we went across to the White Lion for a very satisfying meal - Cumberland Sausage in my case - washed down with Jennings Cumberland Ale.  A very pleasant evening, and a successful day.  Thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM with 5 watts:

G4WHA/M near Carlisle Geoff T, J
GW0DSP Connahs Quay Mike J
G0TDM Penrith John T, J
G1OHH Lancaster Sue T, J
M3UHG/M Ashurst Beacon Bob T
G1OAE Workington Tony T