Jack's Rake, Pavey Ark

Fri 22 Aug 2008

Route: Stickle Barn, Great Langdale - Stickle Ghyll (Mill Gill) - Stickle Tarn - Jack's Rake - Pavey Ark - Harrison Stickle - Pike Howe - Stickle Barn

Distance: 3.50 miles

Ascent: 2,200ft

Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

With: On own


Sunny, scattered cloud.

Jack's Rake is a grade 1 scramble up across the face of Pavey Ark. A lot of the climb is in a groove so there is less feeling of exposure than say Striding Edge or Sharp Edge, having said that I found it technically harder than either of them.

I last climbed Jack's Rake 20 years ago, I was leaner and more agile back then!

This walk features in Mark Richard's new walking guide 'Great Mountain Days in the Lake District'.

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Footbridge over Stickle Ghyll with Tarn Crag on the skyline right

The path up to Stickle Tarn is busy today

Looking back down Stickle Ghyll having crossed back over the beck

Looking across Stickle Tarn to Pavey Ark. Jack's Rake rises to the left across the face

Easy Gully from the large memorial cairn inscribed 'JWS 1900'

Stickle Tarn from the foot of Jack's Rake

The start of Jack's Rake

Looking back down the first section of Jack's Rake

Ascending to the 'third ash tree' approaching the worst section per AW, definitely the steepest continuous part of the rake

Looking down the lower part of Jack's Rake from next to the tree

The 'third' ash tree, Jack's Rake

Scramblers on the hardest part of the ascent, in my opinion, an awkward couple of moves just after passing Gwynne's Chimney

The groove up to Great Gully with 'The Gun' on the skyline

Looking back down on the easy terrace

A splinter of rock sometimes referred to as 'The Gun', another awkward move is needed to climb up past it

Great Gully is climbed for a short distance before traversing left and then ascending the rocky slabs to finish just to the right of the pinnacle

Looking down on Stickle Tarn from the rocky slabs at the top of Jack's Rake

Pavey Ark's summit, looking towards Harrison Stickle with the Coniston Fells beyond

Helvellyn from Pavey Ark's summit

Looking over Blea Rigg to the Fairfield Horseshoe from Pavey Ark's summit

Easterly panorama from Pavey Ark's summit

Looking back to Pavey Ark as I head for Harrison Stickle

Harrison Stickle from the path from Pavey Ark

Stickle Tarn

Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn

Thunacar Knott, High Raise and Sergeant Man (knobble on far right) from Harrison Stickle's summit

Pike o'Stickle with Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Allen Crags and Great Gable behind

Looking down on Great Langdale and Windermere from Harrison Stickle's summit

Looking across Harrison Combe to Pike o'Stickle

Zooming in on Pike o'Stickle

The top of Dungeon Ghyll

On the path above Dungeon Ghyll on the slopes of Harrison Stickle looking to Lingmoor Fell

Descending to Pike Howe

Pike Howe

Thorn Crag and Harrison Stickle from Pike Howe

Great Langdale from Pike Howe's summit

Pavey Ark and Stickle Ghyll from Pike Howe

Looking down on the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the trees and Millbeck on the left

Previous Walk: Devoke Water to Black Combe (Sun 17 Aug 2008)

Next Walk: Blencathra (Sat 23 Aug 2008)

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