Ascent of Bleaklow Head on 2015-09-12

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bleaklow Head
    Elevation:2077 ft / 633 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was in Chesterfield for work on Friday so I took the opportunity to visit the Peak District. I assembled a last-minute bargain bin kit at a Decathlon store and a Go-Outdoors store in Sheffield composed of a rucksack, fleece, hat, and map all for 50 GBP. After a night out in Sheffield with a co-worker, it was a slow start to the day on Saturday. My plan was to take the train to Edale and hit the Pennine Way from the start and head North - had not booked accommodation due to no online availability and genuinely not knowing where I would end up at the end of my day. It was a rainy/misty/windy day - I delayed my start until 11:30am (due to laziness, mainly). I needed a slow morning - I've been go-go-go for weeks now. Eventually got going in the rain from Edale following the obvious and very popular path to the Pennine Way - the UK's first long-distance trail. It runs 267 miles from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. It is popular to through-hike. My grandpa did it in 1990. I have to give him credit for me even knowing of the trail's existence. I may attempt a through hike while over here. Or just hike it in sections…. We'll see.

Today, I did not feel strong so I spent a lot of it walking instead of running. Pleasant, easy day, taking in the very limited views. When the mist cleared up a couple times they did seem really amazing. The moors are very colorful this time of year - purple, green, pink, yellow, red, black, maroon, brown… very pretty.
A lot of the path is very obvious, but certain junctions required a map (with the limited visibility). It was usually the sensible choice to follow the most worn path. I got to Kinder Scout - high point of the Peak District - in 1 hour. I had no views and was basically in a cloud. I followed the path up to Kinder River and crossed it, putting my feet in the roaring water in order to do so. 1hr 45mins at this point. The next section to Snake Pass was very wet and it was getting cold up here also. Regretting not bringing gloves. The trail eventually dropped down out of the cloud and was rewarded with some wide open country. I reached Snake Pass in 3hrs 30mins. The last section to Crowden took me 1hr 30mins, getting to the end in a total of 5hrs for 16.5 miles (or 25 km). It was 4:30pm and it was 14 miles to the next town, Marsden, which I thought, if I pushed it, I could make it in 3 hours... The weather had gotten better by now, but I took a moment to think about my current scenario. I was tired, hungry, and wet. The right decision was to stop here. There was a sign for a B&B - The Old House… I called them up and they had a room - 47.50 GBP for bed and breakfast. With the weather getting really nice I half regretted my decision… but this feeling didn't last once I was able to wind down. It had been a good day.

I got a meal at the local pub and met a really nice young couple going for their honeymoon in Canada… Churchill mainly, to see polar bears… pretty awesome. I should have gotten their contact info since they would be nice to stay in touch with.

What stood out for me the most today on the trail was how friendly everyone was. Almost every passing hiker said hi with a smile. This was the friendliest trail I've ever been on. Even with the bad weather, everyone was happy and having a good time.

I firmly believe that a hike will make anyone a happier person - at least for a moment.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Pennine Way (North)
    Start Trailhead:Edale  
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
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