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Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 12:19
by Robmed56
I am doing the Y3P on 13th April with my wife and then again with a larger party on 18th May for the Joining Jack charity for Duchenne research. Ascent of Ingleborough sounds a little frightening...but I'll let you know how we get on! :?

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 16 Apr 2013, 20:18
by Robmed56
Successfully completed Y3P with my wife on 13th April in 11:44. Chuffed with the time given the last time we did it we took 14:15....also the conditions were not ideal this time.

Pen y ghent is in good condition particularly on the ascent but there was a lot of snow on the first part of the descent which needed a little care. The new path is very welcome avoiding the bogland...although it does throw in another small climb! The path across to Ribblehead is in the main very well drained with just one or two muddy patches.

Had forgotten what a long loooooong walk it is to Wernside before you start climbing!Bitterly cold wind was in our faces for a lot of the climb and it felt gale force as we neared the summit. The later stages of the ascent had a lot of snow to navigate so slowed us down a bit...and we didn't tsay on the summit too long because it was far too windy and cold. The descent is fine...just the normal problems of having to take care on the steep bits.

It started raining for the rest of the challenge!

Looking across to Ingleborough you can see quite a lot of snow toward the top of the mountain and especially around the zig zag 'path'. The zig zag path was too slippy to use...as it was covered in snow and ice. Most climbers were deliberating whether to go up the middle of the snow field or use the fence /wall at the right hand side for support. We chose the middle as faster progress seemed to be being made. We had to get on all fours to climb the snow field. there were some very good foot and hand holds left by previous climbers and after having completed this stage it really felt like it had been fun. It was very passable with concentration!

The scramble to the summit plateau up the rocks was slow and a bit tricky because of snow and ice...but again...no problem with care.

There was no snow on the plateau across to the trig. The long haul home was fine if a bit muddy.

Can't see the snow lasting more than another 2 weeks with current temperatures and rain forecast.

Doing this all again for charity on 18th May for Joining Jack http://www.justgiving.com/Y3P-RAMblers1 with a group of 30 people and 16 people also joining us collecting for Gravet Syndrome.

Pictures of our challenge on Saturday can be found on my Y3P Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yorkshir ... 979?ref=hl[/url] HOPE YOU ENJOY!

You can support us on: http://www.justgiving.com/Y3P-RAMblers1

One final thought for those who wonder whether they can do this....I've only got one lung...so if i can do it...so can you!

Cheers in walking....Rob

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 28 Apr 2013, 18:01
by Tourleadertasker
Just returned from walking Pen-y-ghent to Ribblehead and Whernside today Sunday 28th. It's been a very wet walk and just to say following the 3 peaks fell race yesterday it is very muddy and slippy on some of the long stretch from P too Ribblehead. You can walk round it but its as bad as I've seen it for a long time, just glad the race and in particular the Fellsmans Hike was yesterday in better weather.

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 28 Apr 2013, 21:54
by mac.hawk
Just like to point out that the 3 Peaks Fell Race held yesterday (27/04/2013) used the newly surfaced route over Whitber/Sell Gill hills and any 'mush' over 'the bog' has not been caused, enhanced or related to the 2013 race: see http://www.threepeaksrace.org.uk and view the race report. View the times at your peril and wilt in admiration!!!!!

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 05 May 2013, 22:41
by Tourleadertasker
It was the new route that we followed and it was muddy and I walk the route alot, I believe from people who ran the race that it was getting churned up on the day and as I was at the finish of the 3 peaks race to support my local friends who ran it I am aware of the times and I do admire them thats why I was there......... I was only trying to give updated information to those who might walk the route as thats is what I thought this forum was for, not attacking peoples observations.......... PS I am well aware of the web address thank you

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 06 May 2013, 21:07
by mac.hawk
Unfortunately the posting on 28/04/2013 did not indicate the newly surfaced route over Whitber & Sell Gill hills was taken & hence my comments as I (admittedly wrongly) presumed these referred to 'The Bog', the comments still stand as accurate though.

The link to the external website is provided for anyone who is vaguely interested in the report of the race and the competitors times, and not aimed at/for a specific individual.

Observations/suggestions/questions are generally what most web forums are for however it doesn't mean everyone has to agree with everything that's posted. As my initial (still accurate) post has received a response that clarifies the initial entry, the forum has served it's purpose.

We have now identified that any 'mush' over 'the bog' has not been enhanced by the 3 Peaks fell race and that the information/observation as supplied by the entry on 05/05/2013 clearly refers to the newly surfaced route over Whitber/Sell Gill hills and, presumably, the ensuing section of the Pennine Way.

Any perceived 'attack' is solely in the mind poster.

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 13 May 2013, 12:45
by grifinuk
I walked Horton to Ribblehead via Pen-y-Ghent and the new surfaced route yesterday, and it was fine until the end of the newly surfaced bit. The Pennine Way section with the wall on the left was a bit boggy, but OK. The worst bit was the small hill just after that, which was the stickiest thing I've ever walked on. The weather was mostly dry while I was walking, but persistent rain set in by the time I got to Ribblehead, so that won't have helped.

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 25 May 2013, 21:17
by mac.hawk
Walked the Ribblehead to Horton section today (Sat 25th May) and it's currently about as perfect as you could expect. Still a few muddy bits down Sulber Nick but the adjacent areas are dry and no detours are necessary - was told by a number of 3 Peakers that the route avoiding the bog is currently fine.

Very busy today and weather conditions - well, perfect really (nice sausage and bacon buttie at Philpin Snack Bar too).

Re: Current Walking Conditions?

Posted: 02 Jun 2013, 21:26
by grifinuk
Absolutely perfect yesterday. The bits that were boggy a few weeks ago have dried up more or less completely.