I’ve spent a couple of hours with Tex this evening, bashing out routes and counter routes, options and alternatives until we finally agreed on what looks like an excellent, albeit quite tough itinerary for our first backpacking weekend.
Day 1 runs from the little car park at Hawes End, just outside Keswick and follows the Allerdale Ramble through Borrowdale and then the Cumbria Way through Langstrath, up to Angle Tarn (below Bow Fell), where we turn right up to Esk Hause and then Sty Head. From there we contour around Great Gable to visit Napes Needle and hopefully find a pitch somewhere on or beneath Kirk Fell. This is a bigger day than we were originally planning, but we’ll leave early and take it easy.
Day 2 then continues the contour around the northern face of Great Gable, along Moses Trod and out to Haystacks, before cutting back on ourselves for lunch at Honster Slate Mine. Then an afternoon climb up Dale Head and finally dropping down to Little Town and the Newlands Valley.
I don’t know how some people do this every few weeks; route selection is so tricky. Oe perhaps I’m missing something. I know I tend to plan the arse out of everything, so maybe I need to be a little less formal and go with the flow? I’ll report back on how it went next week.