Climbing Scafell Pike
Q. Hi there,
I'm visiting the Lakes next weekend would like to walk up Scafell Pike with a friend. This is in an attempt to do some training for a hike up Kilimanjaro in late October.
We are both relatively fit and went walking in the Isle of Wight a couple of weekends back and covered a 23 mile coastal walk in a day.
Can you recommend a fairly challenging but not ridiculously tough/unstable rocks route that could be done in a day, so say starting at 8.30, finishing at say 5.30/6pm?
Any help you can offer is much appreciated!
Sarah Johnston, London
A. Sure, see Walks
I'm sure you'll find one that suits the abilities of you and your colleagues.
Hope this helps
A. Hi Sarah, Firstly, you are going to love climbing Kili. I am fresh back from a successful trip via the Machame Route (six nights on the mountain). It is wonderful and if you are reasonably fit with a can-do attitude you should be fine (the altitude sickness resulted in a little sickness and pounding headaches and personally I cannot recommend Diamox enough to assist with this). If you have any questions or concerns, ask away.
Scafell (Pike). I would recommend walking from Seathwaite and following the Corridor route up to the peak. Should be a five to seven hour walk for you with a few short scrambles along the way. It's under ten mile but it feels like a lot more. It also avoids you going up and down exactly the same route. You'll have to check through the walk list and see if it is on here (it is see
Enjoy, I am sure your preparations are going to stand you in good stead.
Michael Love, Morecambe