Froswick from Harter Fell

Froswick from Harter Fell

Height: 2359 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th April 2010 (walk 12). Second visit: 5th August 2016 (walk 115).

Bagged as number: First round: 40 of 330. [ << Ill Bell (39)  (41) Thornthwaite Crag >> ].

Second round: 59 of 330. [ << Thornthwaite Crag (58)  (60) Ill Bell >> ]

Froswick and Ill Bell

Froswick (left) and Ill Bell, approaching from the north

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from Ill Bell and left for Thornthwaite Crag. Second visit: Reversed this. (There are not really any other practical ways of doing it.)

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Sheltering in the shadow of Ill Bell on High Street’s south ridge is the lesser height of Froswick. It takes its pattern from Ill Bell in remarkable degree, almost humorously seeming to ape its bigger neighbour…. Easy slopes link the summit with Thornthwaite Crag and Ill Bell; this is the finest part of the ridge.”

What I say: Froswick is one of several fells allocated only 4 pages in Wainwright’s guides, the fewest number he gives any fell: this despite its substantial height (only just below that of Harrison Stickle, say). As he says (elsewhere on p. 2) it is hard to imagine anyone climbing it as the sole objective of an expedition. However, it certainly plays its part within what is one of the finest ridge-walks in the district, the Ill Bell ridge (from Yoke to Thornthwaite Crag).

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