I set off up the footpath which went through a wooded area beside Stickle Gill, and followed the path by the steam crossing to the eastern bank a little further up. The slopes leading up to Stickle Tarn looked a glorious golden brown under a shinning sun in the cold crisp air. Above me to my left was was Pike How and to my right were the rocks of Langdale's Tarn Crag. As I continued up the path it began to get rocky and involved some light scrambling. I decided to cross back over the boulder strewn stream, which was flowing deep and fast today. It seemed much more difficult on this occassion, compared to my last crossing at the same point two years earlier.
As I completed the last section of the climb, the grand site of Pavey Ark came into view.
|The start of Jack's Rake. Notice the small group just setting out centre right. |
There is also a lone scrambler part way up.
|Looking across from Pavey Ark summit to Harrison Stickle.|
|Looking from Pavey Ark summit across the ridge leading to Pike o' Blisco to the Coniston Fells. The rocky slope on the right is the east shoulder of Harrison Stickle.|