Trail Running Blencathra

 

With the days beginning to get shorter and a real feeling that autumn is on its way with the chilly early mornings, it was decided that we really needed to make the most of the sunshine and the last of the summer. A conversation over lunch at the Berghaus HQ led to an email that got bounced all over the place and finally settled on a crazy bunch of 7 staff that were happy to head to the hills after work for an evening jaunt.

All day Tuesday at work it was like Xmas was coming that night, everyone had a special little glint in their eye and we couldn’t wait until the clock struck 4pm(thumbs up to Flexy time) so we could burst out of the doors and set sail across the A69 to the beautiful Lake District. Unfortunately reality hit when we were stuck in a traffic jam getting around Newcastle, looking back it was probably for the best as it made us run faster to catch the sunrise on the top of Blencathra.

We parked up at Scales, threw our bags on, couple of quick selfie’s and we were off. There’s nothing better than a steep start to give you that ‘I’m alive’ feeling at the back of your throat as the cold air hits lungs. Fresh!!

 


First climb up Mousthwaite Comb – ‘The Lung Buster’

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

It soon plateaus off with more of a gentle undulating bit of single-track through the valley heading towards scales beck, a nice chance to get your breath back and a glimpse at Sharp Edge ahead.


Jenni and the bonkers crew behind…Excited…Much!

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

 

 


Our route, 5 miles in total

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A quick selfie’s before the Sharp Edge behind, a dip in the tarn was quite tempting too.

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

 

 

Some of us had been up Sharp Edge before and some hadn’t but none of us had done it at sunset so it was just as exciting as the first time. It was hard to concentrate on your feeting when all you wanted to do was turn around and look at the view though.


Donna giving the ridge a good straddle.

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

 


Matt scrambling over Sharp Edge

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

It suddenly dawned on us that if we didn’t get a shift on we would miss the sunset as the sky was starting to glow orange and pink. Before we knew it Matt (the mountain goat) was skipping up the hill as fast as his little feet would take him to try and make the summit before the sun went down. We all followed and even more eager as we heard the sound of a wolf at the top, obviously Matt as he was uncontrollably excited.


The Wolf (AKA Matt)

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

 


Sun just about to set behind Skiddaw

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

 


Happy little 29 year old, She’s now 30

Berghaus staff members climbing Blencathra via Sharp edge in the lake district

It was such a great feeling being on the top of Blencathra summit and happy that we made it just in time with 10 mins to spare, I don’t know what it is about sunrise and sunset but there’s something special and its definitely good for the soul.

A few random snaps and general antics as you do before we pegged it down Scales fell just as as the super moon came out which kept our head torches at bay.
A fantastic evening with fantastic people in a beautiful part of the country – it kind of make me feel lucky we live so close really.