Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sketch of Scafell Pike

This is a recent sketch I have made of Scafell Pike.  It shows the western flank of Scafell Pike from the perspective of Wasdale.  You can see the impressive rock face of  Pikes Crag above Hollow Stones, below the main summit.

Sketch of Scafell Pike
When I did a fell walk on Scafell Pike in August 2006, I followed the path down from the summit to the ridge of Mickledore on the far right of this sketch.  I then climbed down the steep section of scree to the right of the impressive rock face featured in the centre of the picture.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Pavey Ark

Here's a sketch that I have recently done of Pavey Ark.  It's taken from the walk I did in November 2009.  The route I took that day started from the car park next to the Stickle Barn in Great Langdale, up to the Stickle Tarn, and then made the ascent to Park Ark via Jack's Rake.  The view of Pavey Ark in this Sketch is taken from across Stickle Tarn where I took a brief rest after making the steep ascent up from the valley below.  You can see the diagonal line of Jack's Rake going up the cliff face from the bottom right of the sketch, up to the pinnacle towards the top left of the cliff face.

Friday, 17 May 2013

The Howitzer, Helm Crag

I have had the pleasure of climbing Helm Crag on three separate occasions.  The first was circa 1983 when I went camping with a small group from School.  We were based in a farmers field on the lowers slopes of Seat Sandal, and had a fantastic view from across the valley.

The second walk we did that week took us up the quiet Greenburn Bottom valley between Steel Fell and the Gibson Knott ridge.  We ascended Calf Crag at the top of the valley before walking back via Gibson Knott.  The last fell we came that day was Helm Crag which stood at the end of the ridge that we had walked along.  I remember being impressed by the rock formations, although none of our party climbed the summit rocks often referred to as The Howitzer.

It wasn't until  2007 and then again in 2010 that I ascended Helm Crag alone, and went on to do the short scramble to the top of the Howitzer.  This sketch is taken from a photograph I took on the 2010 ascent.  It is viewing the Howitzer from the western flank, the side most people see when they arrive at the summit.

Sketch of The Howitzer, Helm Crag.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Sketch of Ill Bell from Red Screes

This sketch is taken from a short walk I did from the top of the Kirkstone Pass to the summit of Red Screes. You can see some of the photographs and a description of this walk here.  The view is taken towards the top of the ascent above the Kirkstone Pass.  St Raven's Edge can be seen directly across the pass, with the Ill Bell Ridge behind.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Pencil Sketch of Great Gable

This is a sketch of I made of Great Gable within the last few days.  I had the pleasure of doing a walk on this fell back in Easter 2006.  It was a sunny clear day, which offered some amazing views along the route which I took from Seathwaite in Borrowdale.  You can read a full account of the this Great Gable Walk here.

This sketch shows Great Gable from the perspective of Kirk Fell.  It is actually taken from a photograph by Ann Bowker which I particularly like (I didn't own a camera back in those days!). You can see Great Gable standing majestically in the centre, with Green Gable and Great End in the background to it's left and right respectively.