Ascent of Catstye Cam on 2014-09-27

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Saturday, September 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Catstye Cam
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday, left Cardiff at 5:00pm, some brutal sections of traffic on the M4/M5/M6… only arrived at the Helvellyn YHA at 10:30pm. The drive to the hostel was crazy – driving through the Lake District at night is intense, since there are no street lights, the roads are very narrow, curvy, and lined with stone walls. The approach to the hostel was a steep hill through the town of Glenridding, eventually leading to a dirt road that has 2 cement “stripes” for tires to align on, and the hostel is at the very end of this road. Going up that in the pitch black was a bit unsettling, since I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to turn around.
Next morning, my plan was to get out before the sun was up, but my body was exhausted so I only ended up starting at 7am, which the sun was just emerging, and the partially clear morning was just amazing. I was the only one on the trail at this point, and my goal was to hike Helvellyn, a little bit ridge north of Helvellyn, which the race passes by next weekend, and then make it back in time for the end of breakfast (9:30am). I made my way up the Striding Edge trail up towards the summit – however, I was navigating myself based on my memory of the map I studied late the night before (the hostel had none left to sell). I got up the ridge, and then just started running to all the peaks that were within a reasonable distance. There were low clouds to the southwest which blocked that area from view, so I didn’t bother going that way. It turns out, Helvellyn was in these clouds, about 100 meters away… so I ran every peak around England’s second-highest point, but didn’t actually make it to the top. Oh well, I will be doing it next weekend.
My route consisted of:
-leaving YHA hostel 7am taking Striding Edge trail
-going right on the ridge to the top of Catstye Cam (via Swirral Edge)
-returning back down to where I turned right and continuing on
-The rocky climb to the Lower Man of Helvellyn
-Crossing over White Side
-Reaching Raise
-Returning back, crossing over White Side, Lower Man, and then back down to the hostel
When I got back to the hostel it was 9:35 and they had already put everything away (noooo)…. But they also had no electricity or water, so they had bigger issues to worry about than my breakfast… however, they were very nice and gave me what they had left, as well as some cereal.
It was a good morning on in the Mountains, I was to spend the rest of the day in Keswick getting outfitted for my race next weekend, and then make my way down to Liverpool to take a ferry over to the Isle of Man.
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