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Topped Out

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 6 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The summit at last. Top left shows the final approach. Top right, the top with altimeter to prove it. Bottom left a young deer runs for its mum. They were loitering just below the summit for some reason best known to themselves. Bottom right is a sink-hole near the summit. These were formed by soft faults in the limestone being dissolved by rainfall. There are several and this one is the deepest, 45 metres straight down. They add an extra frisson of danger to this climb particularly in snow or cloudy conditions and have claimed lives. Difficult to photograph well without being roped up. The small plaque in the top left of the picture is the Virgin Mary.