Green and Great Gable and I have had some unfinished business for some years now. It all started with a trip that Emma Pryke, Joe Cartwright and another chap (who's name escapes me) made. We had an epic. Strong winds. Heavy packs. Rain. What had started out as a 2 day self sufficient trip over the lakes ended in my roping Emma back down to the Mountain Rescue Box. The winds were so strong she was being blown off her feet. That, fortunately, is the past. The present is somewhat different.
This path goes up the South side of Styhead Gill and the rock has been worn to a polish by the countless tread of boots. There is another path for the more adventurous of you, on the North side of the gill. This is a mere strip of gravel on a steep slope, slip on the rocks and you will end up in the gill and going over the waterfall. It was that path that we had taken on my first visit with Emma.
The sun today was baking. In fact I was too hot. Anyway I left the motorway of a path just before Styhead Tarn and cut up the slope/gill to the saddle between the two gables. It was one of those paths that just seemed to go on and on and on. Eventually I reached the pass and turned East to the summit of Green Gable. It is rather green.
which made me very happy. If I'm honest I burst out laughing, I couldn't believe it! Anyway I headed back to the pass and started up Great Gable.
The trudge up the walkers path can be avoided by picking a line up the slabby rock, which adds a greater level of interest to the walk. Again the summit has spectacular views. The trudge up the mountain is not the most interesting, but the views make the walk worth it.
Seriously I would suggest you go up it just to sit and look.
My resolve to set out on a 6-10h walk died. Instead I decided that I had covered new ground and there was no need to revisit old ground. I headed back to the van for lunch and coffee.
All in all a good 5h trip out, taking in two classic summits. Now to plan for tomorrow.