Silecroft - Grasmere, a really nice and challenging hike with Ryan, celebrating the longest night.
Day was dry and nice, with strong back wind (no efforts needed for running). We went to Black Combe, and then along the ridge to Eskdale, where we visited Stanley Force (exciting place!) and the railway station, and had a stop in a pub.
Darkness came during ascend to Scafell, drizzle started. Cloud and water droplets were limiting visibility to ~3m. We failed to find way through Lord's Rake (my fault, I did not remember a scree descend in the middle, and did not see trail there), and we escaped back to Scafell via West Wall Traverse. Then we had troubles finding trail below Foxes tarn, scrambled parallel to it, and lost lots of time.
The rest of the way was under heavy rain and wind. Surprisingly, clouds become higher and thinner, it was possible to see mountains around and even full Moon sometimes. The hardest part of the hike was between High Raise and Sergeant Man, mostly because of wind and tiredness. Then we had some more troubles losing the huge trail to Easedale tarn on most steep parts, but finally arrived to warm and quite Grasmere village.
Everything was closed, the hostel did not let us in without reservation, but some man near a closed pub offered us a lift to Ambleside, where we finally found a nice place in the hostel.
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52km, 2740m, 11:56 (10:04-22:00)