We got wrapped up nice and warm and with head torches at the ready we set off. We started our ascent by skirting around Scales Fell and walking above the River Glendaramackin towards Scales Beck. Further along the path, we had to don the microspikes as there was quite a bit of snow on the ground. After 1 hour 15 mins of walking, we eventually reached Scales Tarn at around 7.15 am. By this point, it was getting light. We'd planned to get on Sharp Edge for 7.30 am so we could see the sunrise, so we made really good timing.
We had a quick snack stop here before moving on. I wasn't too worried as Richard led me to the start of Sharp Edge as it didn't look too daunting at this point. As we got further along it started to get really tricky with the snow. It was just before the crux where I started getting really scared and the fear started setting in. I kept making the mistake of looking down which was making the fear worse.
|'Living life on the edge'|
As we were talking about doing this walk only days ago I kept joking with Richard and saying "I laugh in the face of danger". I can tell you I was not laughing today. There were a couple of points where I was frozen in fear. I've never been so scared.
|Richard and Frankie|
|On the summit|