Pavey Ark, via Easedale

The primary objective of this walk was to attempt the Jack’s Rake ascent of Pavey Ark, technically a rock-climb (albeit of the easiest level). The route was up from Easedale via Blindtarn Moss, then west along the ridge to near Blea Rigg. From there down to the foot of Pavey Ark, up the Rake in question, and back down via the North Rake, returning by the same route as on the way in. Weather not of the best, but Jack’s Rake was great fun - see Wainwright’s “Central Fells”, Pavey Ark 5 & 6 for a very entertaining and detailed description, as well as attendant warnings (the relevant section of Mark Richards’ “The Central Fells”, as published by Cicerone in 2008, is also recommended). I cannot resist including a quote from the former, as follows:
“... for much of the way the body is propelled forwards by a series of convulsions unrelated to normal walking, the knees and elbows contributing as much to progress as hands and feet. Walkers who can still put their toes in their mouths and bring their knees up to their chins may embark upon the ascent confidently; others, unable to perform these tests, will find the route arduous.”
Distance: 12.6km/7.85 miles; height: 923m/3028 ft.

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