Ascent of Kinder Scout on 2015-09-13

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kinder Scout
    Elevation:2087 ft / 636 m

Ascent Trip Report

6:04 PM

Today I had the option to continue on the Pennine Way North to Marsden, which would be a 14 mile route, or I could push it North to Hebden Bridge, which would be 30 miles. Or, I could take the Pennine Way back South to Edale, where I came from the prior day - a 16.5 mile journey. I was given a tip that train services in Marsden and Hebden Bridge were not very good to get back to Sheffield, and, that the route is not as enjoyable as the one to Edale. With this in mind, and the fact that I had no views the prior day, I decided to retrace my steps and head back to Edale.

I got started in no rush, around 10am. It was a beautiful blue-sky sunny day. I started the run up the first section in the moors and I was already sweating and overheating through my shirt. So, I shed the layer and went barechested…. Very rare in the UK. Feels great. Getting a tan while I'm at it. I really liked this section of the trail - it was beautiful with the colors of the moors and the sun hitting them to accentuate their essence. Also, in this section, I didn't see anyone else for an hour and a half. Loving it. During this hour and a half, I diverted off the trail to find a nearby peak. However, with the trail running out, the ground being very boggy, it would be a schlep of a journey to get to for just a bump on the hill. I turned around and got back on the Pennine Way and started running. I ran continuously until I reached Kinder river. This was about 3 hours in. Along the way there were some stunning views. I had missed all of this the day before. It was amazing to me on how much more interesting it was today than yesterday. In the warm sun you need less gear, can go faster, and can take longer breaks. When it's wet and misty, you need to wear more clothing, and you can't take much time on breaks, as staying warm is important. I cherished the opportunity to have views and be able to run.
Crossing Kinder River today was much easier - the river was not flowing nearly as hard… jumping to the rocks was easy, where yesterday I had to put my feet in the water in order to cross.

I continued running until I reached the cairn for Kinder Low. I took a moment to sit on a cool rock and enjoy a flapjack. Now the wind was picking up and the clouds were coming in (high above, thankfully). No more barechestedness… Getting chilly just sitting there I got up and started moving again. I decided to not follow the Pennine Way here via Jacobs Ladder, as it just takes you down into the valley and you follow farmland for 2-3 miles… the other option was to follow the surface of Kinder Scout and descend down to Edale. This was a much better route - some amazing rock formations on this trail. It really allowed me to appreciate the mountain for what it is. Kinder Scout is not really a mountain - it's more of a plateau. Very flat surface but steep from most approaches to get up to the top. Highly recommend taking the "original" Pennine Way over Kinder Scout... WAY more interesting than Jacob's Ladder! However, if visibility is an issue, then navigation might be difficult on this route, since the path is less obvious.

The descent down to Edale was brief and fun. I didn't make it in time for the 2:30pm train, so I had to wait for the 4:30pm train (Sunday service…). I made use of the time to walk around the town (very very small village) and have a meal at the Old Nags Head (official pub of the start of the Pennine way). Yesterday they had hosted the finish of the Kinder Barrel Race - teams of 8 run from Glossop to Edale carrying a ladder with a keg of beer on it. First team across wins and gets to drink their beer first. I hadn't seen anyone from the race yesterday so I guess they take a different route - must have been tough given the conditions. I'd like to find more of these traditional quirky events and try to participate.

Again, people on the trail were very friendly today. Something that really stood out to me in the Peak District. The Peak District is a very nice place where you can do some significant mileage if needed. Great training ground for running as well.

Very pleased with my choice to take the weekend up here and get a couple days on the trail in… I needed it! Back to London for the night and back to reality.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Pennine Way (South)
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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