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 Sca Fell, Eskdale
Sca Fell: ascent 1855
site name:-   Sca Fell
civil parish:-   Eskdale (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   hill
locality type:-   historic ascent
coordinates:-   NY20680651 (?) 
1Km square:-   NY2006
10Km square:-   NY20
altitude:-   3163 feet
altitude:-   964m

evidence:-   old text:- Martineau 1855
placename:-  Scawfell
source data:-   Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-76.
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"The ascent of Scawfell is sometimes made from the Sty Head Pass; sometimes from Lingmell; and sometimes from Langdale, whence the path meets that from Sty Head on Esk Hause. From Esk Hause the summit of the Pike is visible; but still, care is necessary not to ascend the wrong summit. ... there are strangers, almost every season, who attempt the ascent without a guide. These last usually pay the penalty of their rashness in hours of uneasy wandering and excessive fatigue. When they think they see their way clearly enough, they are pretty sure to find themselves brought up on the verge of a chasm, and com-"
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Page 158:-  "[com]pelled to "try round" many times before they succeed. If darkness comes on, there is nothing to be done but to wait for daylight where they are. Another reason for having a guide is that the mountains around are not recognisable by their forms,- so great is the change caused by their being looked at from above. By map and compass they may be made out: but the summit is usually windy: and much time and trouble are saved by the information needed being ready at one's elbow."

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