| On Saturday 27th June 2009, Beth Howard successfully completed her ascent to the summit of Scafell Pike. The day was a fantastic one with Beth accompanied by her dad and grandad. Richard Ratcliffe also joined the party at the summit. Lorraine Barks and James Hoye were also inlcuded in the summit bid. A great day was had by all and an article partly written by Beth now follows.
As has already been recorded on the forum Beth made a successful ascent of Scafell Pike. We were joined by myself, my Dad, Lorraine, James and Richard on the summit. It was a fantastic day and I just wish I had seen her face at first when she summited as my dad said it was so triumphant. Hopefully the pictures do the day justice. It made me so proud and I had a picture of Aaron on my phone which I showed her on the couple of occasions she started doubting herself. Not sure what her next challenge will be!
Well done Beth and her grandad and everyone who took part. John Paterson
Congrats on a great achievement. Looks like you all enjoyed the day. Edmund Harrison
Scafell Pike - The Ascent
by Bethany Howard
We were on our walk to Scafell Pike. I was very excited and wanted to jump up for joy. Richard was meeting us on the top. We were coming towards a bridge, but we were still on the road. We came past Richards’s car which had a note in about where he was going to meet us.
When we got over the bridge, we went up the side of the hill. We went through a gate. We then went to Sty Head Tarn where I started skimming stones. There was a bright orange tent that shimmered in the water as you could see the reflection.
We then went a bit further up to the stretcher box. We had something to eat. After, we went up the Corridor Route and came to steep scree. There were a few paths but they all looked impossible.
We tiredly got up to the top of the scree. I sat on a rock and looked up “I’ll never make it up there. There are too many rough rocks that I have to climb over!” I scrambled to the top of the rough rocks. I saw another little scree. This one was easier though.
We got to the top of Scafell Pike. I was amazed that I got to the top. We found Richard and went up a wall. Richard took a picture of us.
Beth and Simon
It was steep coming down but we made it. We looked up to the top and there was a big black cloud. Many people were going up in it. When we got down I was more than pleased about getting up Scafell Pike.
By Bethany Howard
A great set of photos to remind you of your day Simon, especially the lovely ones on the summit. Well done to all of you, but especially to Beth for achieving her challenge! Maggie
I would just to like to add my congratulations to Beth and her Grandad on ascending Scafell Pike. Looked like a great day out. Paul Harrison
I set off from Seathwaite, took the Taylorgill route to Styhead and the Corridor Route to Lingmell Col and so to the summit of Lingmell. From here I ventured around the base of Pikes Crag for a look at Lord's Rake. I've been up LR a few years ago and I came to have a look at the current situation.
Nobody else was using this route and I thought better of it and abandoned plans for Scafell, so I made my way up to Mickledore. From here it was to the top of Scafell Pike, where I found a lot of people. It seems that the desire to do the "3 Peaks" is becomming very popular. The National Trust chose this day for a survey of summiteers and the surveyor revealed that on the last occasion, 80% of those asked were doing the "3 Peaks". I don't see this activity having much in common with our fellwalking ideals.
I met Simon Howard's party at the summit and we descended via Grains Gill, we encountered a couple of showers on the way down, otherwise it was a dry and warm day.
James and Lorraine