Me n Craig done a Pass Storming.
Sunday 19th May, Cloudy didn't cover it.
We started in Kentmere and rode out over to Sadgill. The track had been re-laid up top and that gave us an opportunity to get the hammer down. Unfortunately, Craig's hammer worked a little too well and he took down half a tree and finished in the base of the adjacent stream.
After Craig's 'off' we (a little more gingerly) cleaned the rest of the un sanitised part of the descent and found ourselves at the base of the Gatescarth climb.
We attacked the pass with gusto:
Then stopped for a bit to take photos of waterfalls:
And then attacked again:
And then stopped, and attacked, and stopped a bit more, etc.
Then the fun bit!
Gatescarth was one of the best descents either of us had ever attempted. Fast and flowy in places, steep and switchy in others, and we both felt like we had ridden it well. We were shot, but grinning!
Then the final pair of climbs. Haweswater to Small Water wasn't exactly riding territory (not for us anyway) but there were spots to session and Craig showed his prowess by ascending onto this brow:
Small Water met us halfway up, and it was beautiful:
And the odd nutter:
This guy started the climb at the same time as us. He was wearing hiking boots and had just got out of his car in the car park at the bottom. His fresh legs took him to the top about an hour quicker than us, and he flew down the mountain in a matter of minutes. He served us a nice reminder that by no stretch were we going to be kings of this mountain! He was great to watch. This photo was taken just after he had cleared a waterfall section that I wouldn't have attempted in a monster truck!
The climb out of Small Water was a steep one:
But the view of the descent made up for all of that:
This is possibly the techiest descent either of us have ever managed. I personally don't think I did the switchbacks justice, but the section visible here that disappears over the moor is a joyful collection of rocky outcrops and sinuous singletrack that I can't wait to get out on again!
Until next time Nan Bield. I will conquer you yet!