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Ascent of Kinder Scout on 1989-09-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:B Ramsden and B Morris
supported by Enid
Date:Saturday, September 2, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kinder Scout
    Location:UK-England
    Elevation:2087 ft / 636 m

Ascent Trip Report

Heather in full bloom

While on a week long business trip to Norway/England with Martin Taylor I took the opportunity to do 2 hikes.
The day before yesterday (Aug 31) I did an afternoon hike with Martin and his dad who lives here in Sheffield - a 6 mile hike on the "Ring-Around-Way". The heather was in full purple bloom, a beautiful hike. It was on this hike that I first learned about the Pennine Way - I promised myself to look into a possible through-hike (will pick up a guide book and plan a future trip).

Today's hike was the result of John Batt's initiative - the GR Stein salesman knew of my interest in hiking, so yesterday while at their Bawtry Works he introduced me to Bill Ramsden, an Engineer at GR Stein, who will lead today's hike to Kinder Scout.
Bill and his friend Morris picked me up at the Hotel and drove to the TH at Bichen. We hiked the "Snake Path Trail" up the wide picturesque valley, over Kinder Scout and Kinder Low and descended to Edale where Bill's wife, Enid, was there to pick us up (a 2 car system). We had a nice lunch with beer at the Hikers Inn ... a great spot.
A super day of hiking, peat moss covering below the heather and grass, superb colours, lots of people on trail. Rain erodes the trails and landscape, thousands of sheep spotted all over the place, hikers tend to feed them.
The beautiful landscape reinforced my interest in doing the Pennine Way. Bill and Enid would become good friends and provide the necessary support during my Lyke Wake Walk and the Pennine Way through-hikes of 1991 (see their respective TR).

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1087 ft / 331 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1087 ft / 331 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Route:snake path/PW sb
    Start Trailhead:Bitchen TH  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:PW sb to kinder low
    End Trailhead:Edale Inn  



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