: It's not a W!
were working under two constraints today.
Pete (yes, we had the Cheshire BOOTboys,
Pete and Ian, back with Stan and me today), advised that he felt up
for something a bit more demanding than the fells local
to the Kendal area.
Tony, who could not be with us as he is still rebuilding
his house after the fire (whilst living the merry life
in a pub), insisted that we didnít do any Ws that he
might need if heís not there.
set me thinking. If we were not to do any Ws that
he might need, which Ws could we do that he didnít need?
I was taking this literally rather than metaphorically
in the Wainwrightian sense. Anyway, there was a
short list from which one W leapt out at me- Wetherlam.
So that was my target.
fact, I have only ever been up Wetherlam once, on BB0411,
and I had found it very hard work, which I put down
to the extreme route that Bryan had chosen.
had attempted Wetherlam in the 1970s with Margaret but
when a white-out rushed across from Great Gable we opted
to shelter in a bield whilst our companions, Dave G
and Suzy S successfully reached the summit (or so they
said) and returned to tell the tale.
time we would go up the nose from Coniston. But
then another W intervened: the Weatherman, who warned
of high winds, considerable buffeting on the tops and
potential showers in the west. Better east of
in a complete volte face I proposed that we drive up
Longsleddale, climb Kentmere Pike from Sadgill and then
work our way round according to conditions and fitness.
had hoped that there would be enough snow left to merit
using my new acquisitions- a pair of proper winter mountain
boots (hard shell plastic outers with pixie boots inside-
constructed rather like skiboots) plus full crampons-
all bought on e-bay at a bargain price.
the melt had been too strong and we were unlikely to
be troubled by any ice today.
parked at Sadgill and made our way up the track over
to Kentmere, turning right to follow the wall all the
way past Shipman Knotts, Goat Scar, to Kentmere Pike
and then onto Harter Fell.
Pike from near Goat Scar
We could see Wetherlam
in the distance, its top in cloud; we had made the right
decision, even though the wind was now blowing very
hard making it difficult at times to maintain an upright
Street from Harter Fell
Pike Team Photo
time view over Haweswater
took lunch near Harter Fell Gully with a grand view
over Haweswater. The wind had dropped, the sun
came out and for a while it seemed a good place to linger.
And then conditions reverted and it wasnít.
pressed on, making a minor diversion to take in Adamís
Seat with its curious stone with H on once side and
L on the other before dropping down to the Gatesgarth
Pass. The options here were to head down the valley
to the car or continue the expedition up Branstree.
Everyone was in good form so we did the latter,
following which we contemplated going on to Mosedale
cottage but the weather was neither bad enough to warrant
visiting a bothy or sunny enough to make it an enjoyable
extension. We opted instead to follow the fence
down to the top of Mosedale and then headed over to
Longsleddale and back to the car.
the fells were fairly local to Kendal, I think Pete
found it sufficiently demanding.
Tony, there wasnít
a W you needed.
pride and joy!
In fact, although four Wainwrights,
nothing beginning with W at all! As we would have
told him had he been there when we called round to look
at the damage.
Pat, bless her, was in remarkably
good spirits amongst the wreckage. She told us
how Tony had rushed back into the flames to try and
rescue one of his bikes before calling for her to get
out of the house! And she told it with a smile
on her face.
He seems to have been forgiven!
12th March 2009
I am in Saalbach next week on BOOTskiboys
duty. As it will be St Patrick's Day whilst I
am away, I thought followers of Big
might appreciate a seasonal small snippet I found recently.
Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Branstree
you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB0909.
For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let
me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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This page describes an adventure of BOOTboys, a 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, and certainly not from any skin head associations or other
type of social group,
but is in memory of
the erstwhile landlady
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale,
who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
and other odd evenings many years ago!
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of new BOOTboys reports.
: A Gordon Day Out
: Thank You,
Wednesday 14th January
: A Wicked Hike???
: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
(but Uncle Monty Can Not)
Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
28th May - 2nd June
: Has Anyone Seen Lily?
Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
- BB0921 :
The Tebay Fell Race Walk
: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
Friday 11th September
: An Ard Day's Hike
Thursday 17th September
A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
Sunday 27th September
- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
- BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
Thursday 22nd October
: A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
: Los Chicos
y las Chicas de la Bota
11th - 14th May
: Peaked Too Soon
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download a log of which Wainwrights have
been done by which BOOTboy
in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent
click on Wainwrights.
anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!