The walk starts pleasantly enough from Wasdale. We attempted it on a cool July morning. As an early start is advised we set off at 6am at a steady pace. Do take a walkers stick or two because you will need it (them) especially on the downward trail back home. It takes an average 3 hours up if you are fit and don't stop but for me it was 5 hours, but well worth it. As you near the top the camaraderie from other walkers is wonderful as everyone spurs you on. The walk is relentless, challenging and very steep but Oh! the reward on reaching the summit is sublime. The views are superb and the sense of achievement is overpowering, as is the wind factor. Wear layers as your body temperature will change throughout the walk as the weather changes dramatically. I wore walking boots but here were others wearing sandals. I can't imagine how they coped with the boulders near the summit because I was glad of the extra protection my boots afforded my ankles but trainers would be fine too. I would thoroughly recommend you to do this climb. Add it to your bucket list and enjoy it.
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