Three members of the Climbers shop team headed out for a day on the hills yesterday, courtesy of Haglofs UK. Tee, Keith and Mick spent the day testing Haglofs gear along with shop staff from other Haglofs stockists from around the UK.
Under a clear blue dome sky, the group headed up Stickle Ghyll which is a fairly straightforward grade 1 scramble that winds its way up towards Stickle Tarn along the line of the Ghyll. At wetter times of year it would be termed as a ghyll scramble, but luckily water levels were low and the rock was mostly dry. It was a little slippery in places though and there was lots of jumping from boulder to boulder as we followed the stream bed, climbing steadily up towards the Tarn.
From the tarn we continued upwards, following the classic Jacks Rake (grade 1) which dissects the face of Pavey Ark. From tarn level the Rake looked steep and imposing, but once on the route it was quite enclosed and reasonably easy going, with the odd cheeky move and some dramatic exposure to add to the interest. As we climbed we were also buzzed by a curious Peregrine Falcon.
At the top of the scramble Paul, Haglofs UK's Northern Rep, gave us a quick tutorial on some the Haglofs gear we were trying out such as the Viper II Hoody, the Mid Trail Pants and the Vertigo GT shoes. All of the gear performed superbly, and everyone was praising it for its comfort and build quality. The Vertigo GT shoes came in for particular praise. Everyone rated their exceptional comfort, even though every pair was brand new - straight out of the box and out on a demanding day on the hills without any complaints. Impressive.
The descent back to the valley took us around the back of the Langdale Pikes and followed the line of Dungeon Ghyll. The weather was perfect, beautifully sunny, but still with a crisp, spring chill in the air. Ideal walking weather.