Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

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mac.hawk
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Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by mac.hawk » 19 May 2015, 19:38

I've had a recent email from a contact (thanks Marnie) who reports that the initial 'scramble' bit up Pen y Ghent (in Section 03 of the route guide from Horton) now has a trail of Hi-Vis yellow paint to indicate the way.

Can't get up there till early June myself so if anyone could provide a photo between now and then that would be great.

The Moth
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by The Moth » 20 May 2015, 09:25

Seems a bit of an extreme measure - it's hardly unclear up there!!

mac.hawk
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by mac.hawk » 20 May 2015, 20:22

Well, until I get up there and have a look for myself I'll refrain from making too much of a comment but I suppose if you were unfamiliar with the route and in a heavy mist some sort of indication where to head might be useful (I may be over-egging it with 'a trail of') - I just don't know until I get up there - so watch this space and maybe some kind soul will upload a photo.

Now, on Ingleborough summit I've long since thought some sort of waymarking has been needed to/from the trig point to the various exits.

Over the years there have been many people unfamiliar with the summit plateau that have become disorientated in the mist/low cloud and ended up taking an exit they hadn't planned or expected and the Mountain Rescue team have been needed. Indeed on my last visit in late April (in a VERY heavy mist) I had to redirect a couple at the top of the Ingleborough staircase who had intended to take the route to Clapham. I also escorted a group, who had summited the plateau from Swine Tail (I was about to descend at the time) to/from the trig point as they were new to the area and I thought it prudent to lead them there and back as the visibility was so poor.

The Moth
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by The Moth » 15 Jun 2015, 13:32

Was up there yesterday and there's a few yellow arrows painted on some of the rocks. good for those who have never been before but if everyone follows them it could lead to queues at busy times and the rocks becoming polished and perhaps too slippery for comfort?

mac.hawk
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by mac.hawk » 03 Jul 2015, 19:17

These are the two Hi-Vis paint direction markers at the top of the upper section of the 'scrambley' bit on the ascent of Pen y Ghent. To be honest once you reach the first direction marker you could go left or right really. (Click on the picture to see it full frame).
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The Hi-Vis paint direction
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marto
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by marto » 15 Jul 2015, 21:47

Heavy mist or not surely this is graffiti and should not be encouraged in any way.

mac.hawk
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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by mac.hawk » 15 Jul 2015, 22:26

Well, I'd probably agree with you (and as 'The Moth' says, 'it's hardly unclear up there') but I suppose one man's graffiti is another man's waymarker.

Mind you, I've never heard of anyone 'getting lost' on the ascent/descent of Pen y ghent!

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Re: Hi-Vis Paint on Pen y Ghent

Post by The Moth » 16 Jul 2015, 13:43

On an ascent like that everyone should be comfortable enough to make their own choice as to how they get up there. My major concern would be on one of these charity walks where PYG is generally tackled first when everyone is fresh - if they see the arrows it could form HORRENDOUS queues!!

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