Winter Skills on St Sunday

Recently my time has been heavily focussed on a new place we are living, this has unfortunately meant all my time was poured into that. In fact I hadn’t been walking in months, but I am hoping to keep getting out in the near future and to push more up onto my blog. I don’t know if anyone really reads this, but I will keep on going if for no other reason than to motivate myself. The next few post will be posted as of Aug 16 but retrospectively tagged with dates reflecting the hike date.

Another weekend day, another winter walk. Another opportunity to try out winter skills in the quickly vanishing snow.

The day’s walk covered Arnison Crag, Birks and St Sunday Crag, followed by a long walk back through the valley to the car.

Some of the Wainwrights are much less walked than others, as such paths require some creative thinking. Often you will arrive with a rough idea of where will be walkable, but finding a path is not always necessary if the map is read correctly.

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, I was making the most of the fantastic weather enjoying the scenery as I ascended.



The Arnison Crag trail was no exception to this from the direction of the climb I had taken, but once at the top a defined trail opened up and you could easily see the track ahead. Looking back it was plain to see and the small hint of Ullswater peaking out in the distance looked fantastic reflecting blue.


In stark contrast in the opposite direction stood the snow covered St Sunday crag. I was very happy to see this, it was going to be a good day…



Taking a break near the top after some fun crampon skills practise. Practising basic traverse work with crampons in frozen snow, plus front pointing, and the energy conserving alternate of flat footing with a front point, which helped massively.


Summiting was pretty uneventful, flowing over the top, removing my crampons and starting my descent. The final section of the walk was fantastic. A walk toward Fairfield and the view for miles with mountain ranges scattering the distance is always a good end to the day.