Ascent of The Cheviot on 2010-11-21

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Sunday, November 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Cheviot
    Elevation:2674 ft / 815 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew a few hours early to a business meeting near Newcastle in the hope of fitting in a quick walk. Although the weather was not promising, I drove up the narrow road to Langleeford to find the cloud base around 600m and the snowline slightly lower.

As I climbed steadily upwards, squally showers swept by, firstly as rain, then hail, and finally snow. On top it was mercifully frozen, allowing for quicker than normal progress. The stone path laid across the summit plateau bogs was fortunately just visible under the snow. Just as well since a waist deep bath in a bog-flavoured slush-puppie didn't appeal. On the way back down, I avoided the bogs by heading cross-country directly for Langleeford House, still getting quite wet in the slush. The track back down the valley ran beside a swollen, angry river, which was not fordable at North Middleton in the car. The alternative through Wooler was luckily still fine, even in the now heavy and persistent rain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1969 ft / 600 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1969 ft / 600 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1903 ft / 580 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1837 ft / 560 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:via Scald Law
    Start Trailhead:Langleeford  837 ft / 255 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1903 ft / 580 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1837 ft / 560 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:via Langleeford House
    End Trailhead:Langleeford  837 ft / 255 m
    Time:55 Minutes

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