The Comeback Trail
: Helm, direttissimo!
22nd September 2008
This may not have been the longest ever BOOTboys walk.
In fact it is probably the shortest. But its significance is considerable.
Those who have followed BOOTboys for some time will know
that John L was one of the early stalwarts but had to pack it in as his knee
A new knee was installed last
sadly went horribly wrong as the joint was infected internally. Earlier this year John went under the knife
again for a replacement new knee.
Happily the second attempt has been successful and he has been building
up strength in the gym.
in his dancing days: BB0506
This evening was the date for the
knee's first rough and steep terrain
test. Unfortunately the sunshine
promised by the met office was stuck out over Barrow way so, although dry, there
was not the prospect of a stunning sunset.
was also a comeback of sorts for Stan, although comedown
might be a more appropriate word in more than one sense.
He has spent the last two weeks on the world's
largest cruise liner. Not just, as you might think,
wallowing in luxury, but also taking advantage of its
remarkable sporting facilities including an artificial
wave for surfing and a two hundred foot climbing wall
on the outside of the vessel. How Stan managed
to tackle, succesfully, its most severe route when the
ship was rocking on the high seas quite escapes me.
Stan and me in support in case we had to carry John
back, we parked on the A65 layby to tackle Helm, not
by the gentle route but direttissimo. John made
excellent progress up the short but steep climb, reaching
the top in 18 minutes. We then followed the ridge
along then down to the Station Inn arriving 43 minutes
from the car.
picture on Helm
couple of drinks later, it was dark as we made our way
back along the Helm road, reaching the car in 20 minutes.
tomorrow will tell, but on tonightís evidence, excellent
progress is being made and we look forward to John joining
us on progressively more testing routes.
lesson for other erstwhile BOOTboys
is not to be put off by the longer and stiffer walks
that we sometimes inflict on ourselves. We will
tailor the outing to the abilities of those participating.
Hopefully, others will now be encouraged to join
us on Johnís comeback trail. Let me know!
22nd September 2008
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: Helm, direttissimo
: Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
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The Comeback Trail records the efforts of John in returning from one unsuccessful
and one successful knee replacement, accompanied by
others either providing Sherpa support or simply trying
to regain their fitness with the possible intention
of progressing to full BOOTboys status in due course!
BOOTboys is loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the aging process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an
item of footwear but is in memory of Big
Josie, the erstwhile landlady of
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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