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Sca Fell


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
964 m (3162 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill with bare summit

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Sca Fell (3000ft+) , in the Lake District (England), forms the northern end of a 1.5km ridge running S to Slight Side (762m) with steep grassy slopes W and crags E. It lies 1km SW of Scafell Pike (3000ft+) , from which it is separated by the Mickledore col.

The N face of Sca Fell comprises fine crags preventing the ascent from Mickledore by walkers, who must detour down on the Wasdale (NW) side to Lord’s Rake (beginning with a steep stone-filled gully), or lower on the Eskdale (SE) side, in order to bag both fells in one outing. Sca Fell can be ascended directly from Wasdale and upper Eskdale, or by the long S ridge from the Eskdale road.

The ascent from Wasdale via Lord’s Rake, which best reveals the fine topography of the mountain, is a classic for adventurous walkers which became controversial in 2003 when a rock fall left a giant boulder lodged at the top of the first section of the rake. The rake is straight, runs WSW and has 2 cols and 2 dips before reaching safety after 3rd rise.

The landowners (National Trust) posted notices declaring the route unsafe, which walking clubs rebuked as symptomatic of the ‘nanny state’. Clearly the boulder will fall down the gully one day, and there is a risk of further rock slippage. Walkers must be aware of the relative risks involved in using the route, and exercise all necessary caution.

Hazards you may encounter on Sca Fell include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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Cumbrian Fells
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Lake District
by Met Office
Sca Fell
by Metcheck
Sca Fell Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sca Fell.

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 Routes that include Sca Fell
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 890 m 6.97 km 3 hrs Sca Fell  Classic ascent through crags for experienced walkers via Lord’s Rake: see Mountain Description for cautions. Do NOT attempt route in reverse unless familiar with Lord’s Rake from uphill end.  
2 1120 m 9.51 km 4 hrs Scafell Pike and Sca Fell  Moderate route, from Wasdale, to reach two 3000ft+ peaks with no scrambling involved, but steep scree slopes to negotiate between the two peaks.  

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Me at summit Sca Fell 14/06/08

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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