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#6226 - 20/09/06 06:22 PM Pen Y Ghent
AndyWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/02/06
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I have in the past completed the PW in bits, some bits I have covered on several occasions. I have a fear of heights and have always taken the alternative path to HIR avoiding Pen Ghent.
I am up that way next week and am going to try to climb it, part of my worry is fear of getting down again. My question is, how steep/scarly is the not so steep path, (normally the path down on the PW).

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#6227 - 20/09/06 08:48 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
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Registered: 07/09/05
Posts: 249
I am terrible with heights and exposure. I similarly avoided the steep pull up Pen-y-ghent for years, based upon a couple of stories of vertigo sufferers having to turn back. I always went up and down the long track from HIR (the usual way down from PyG on the PW). The steep approach/descent from the summit on this section is fine; it is very wide and safe, just a bit tiring.

When I did the PW in the summer, it was my first attack on the steep end of PyG, straight up from the Fountains Fell side. There was nothing to it, and I couldn't understand why anyone would have to turn back. It's just a steep stony track and a final clamber over a large rock, where you have to put your hand down just once. You wouldn't even call it a scramble, just a step. There is no exposure at all.

Go for it.

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#6228 - 20/09/06 10:31 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
tonyk Offline
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Registered: 16/02/04
Posts: 1033
Loc: UK
Provided the weather is okay you will be fine.Take it easy and enjoy the view!

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#6229 - 20/09/06 10:36 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
Journeyman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 248
Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Andy

Enjoy it - You will wonder what the worry was about. The path up to Pen Y Ghent that you refer to is extremely safe. Ths teeper route i.e. the normal route following the PW is only steep in two short sections near the top. These sections have been improved by stoned paving over the years making it a safe ascent with hardly any scrambling and I would honestly say it is also perfectly safe.

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#6230 - 21/09/06 07:03 AM Re: Pen Y Ghent
AndyWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 128
Ok, I think you guys have convinced me enough to give it a good go. Looking forward to getting up a hill for the first time in a year. (Distict lack of hills near Greay Yarmouth).

Andy

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#6231 - 21/09/06 01:07 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
Heatha Offline
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Registered: 24/07/03
Posts: 244
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
Andy - I hate to admit it but I'm abysmal with heights! I have been up Pen-Y-Ghent twice - once in low cloud - a dream (couldn't see any drops) - and once in brilliant sunshine and I coped. If I can, I'm sure you can! - Heatha.

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#6232 - 22/09/06 03:34 AM Re: Pen Y Ghent
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Registered: 28/06/06
Posts: 68
Loc: Houston, Texas
No Problem... I'd say it looks alot more itimidating than it really is. I walked it with a full kit this past summer and did'nt have any problems as well as the guy I saw coming down it with a full kit.. No problems.. Enjoy ! It's absolutely beautiful up there !!...

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#6233 - 04/10/06 01:58 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
AndyWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 128
Got back from my break on Saturday.

Climbed Pen Y Ghent no problem. I don't know what I was worried about.

Thanks for all the advice that helped me make the decision to attempt it.

Andy

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#6234 - 04/10/06 09:11 PM Re: Pen Y Ghent
Heatha Offline
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Registered: 24/07/03
Posts: 244
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
Great - Andy - told you that you could do it if I could!

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