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December 2, 2012

The air was as clear as gin

by backpackingbongos

The weather in the Lake District the last couple of days has been remarkable.  It’s been a while since I have witnessed air so clear.  With perfect lighting and snow above 750 metres, myself and Reuben walked in a winter wonderland.  The downside was pretty treacherous ground underfoot even when there was no snow (a rock covered in invisible verglas had me crumpled in a heap).  I also measured a windchill of -10c yesterday, the muscles in my face aching when exposed to the wind.

I had planned to have a walk up Helvellyn today but Reuben was a broken dog this morning.  He got out of the campervan like an old man and walked like a crab.  He looked like someone had removed all his limbs and put them back on the wrong way.  He had a wild old time yesterday, running around like a lunatic, for hours.  A reminder that he is no longer young.  Mind you he soon perked up on a quick walk up Great Mell Fell this morning!

A few pictures until I do a proper write-up.

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Looking towards Grasmoor from High Crags whilst climbing Hindscarth.

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Hindscarth and Robinson on the ascent of Dale Head.

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The summit of Dale Head.

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Reuben enjoying the view from the summit of Great Mell Fell.