Saturday, 1 July 2000

Scafell (Sca Fell)

The mighty Scafell from it's marginally higher neighbour
Height: 964m (3,163ft)
Prominence: 133m (436ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Summit feature: Cairn
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Times climbed: 3
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An Eskdale Round - 06/08/2016
Scafell & Slight Side via Lord's Rake and the West Wall Traverse - 26/05/2015
Scafell via Lord's Rake - 15/06/2013
Scafell's summit looking towards Scafell Pike
What Wainwright said:

"When men first named the mountain, the whole of the high mass south of Sty Head was known as Scaw Fell; later they applied the name to the mountain that seemed to them the greatest. Many folk today, even with the added knowledge that the main Pike is higher, share the old opinion that Scaw Fell is the superior mountain of the group".

Scafell (Sca Fell) is the second highest mountain in England, separated from Scafell Pike by the col of Mickledore.

Interestingly, it was thought that Scafell was in fact higher than the three peaks to the north (Scafell Pike, Broad Crag and Ill Crag) with them being collectively known as 'The Pikes of Scafell'. The name Scafell referred to the entire massif until more recently where it has been used to refer just to the fell south of Mickledore.

Scafell is generally more difficult to ascend than Scafell Pike thanks to a series of steep crags the surround much of the summit.

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