: For England and St George
9th July 2009
registered disabled permits wonderful?
blue badge saved us a small fortune in parking at Grasmere,
today. We did feel a bit like cheats; after all
folk who go fell walking normally donít qualify for
such things. But, to be fair, John is in convalescent
mode from his replacement replacement knee operation
and the government, in its wisdom, has decreed that
for a period he should be allowed to park in the disabled
bays. Indeed, it could be viewed as an encouragement
to regain fitness. So, as his carers, Bryan, Stan
and I didnít
feel too guilty.
officers and two maps
amused John to see the two officers with two maps deep
in thought in the disabled bay, seeking to work out
the route when there is, allegedly, only one way up!
my amazement, John set off like a train.
I couldnít believe how strongly he
was walking compared to his last comeback
I had to step out strongly to keep up with
the hill started, that is, and then the
effects of his disability slowed him down
Crag, as reported in BB0735,
is a mountain in miniature and the climb
is quite steep.
Lion and the Lamb from Grasmere
the way up, we passed a couple from Kendal- he, a radio
equipped member of the Kendal Mountain Rescue, and she,
a nurse,- that could be a useful combination for what
ridge of Helm Crag is very rocky and we
took the high road over the Lion with the
Howitzer looming in front of us. This
is a thirty foot slab of rock that had defeated
us last time (and had defeated Wainwright).
This time, we were more aggressive
despite the threat of onset of a shower.
and Bryan set off up the face of the rock,
succesfully. I gave it a good dose
of looking at and decided that there was
a cleft in the rock that, whilst steep,
should provide adequate foot and hand holds
for a wimp and so it proved.
was a moment of potential danger when I met Bryan and
Stan on the way down but I was able to step in onto
a side ledge to let them pass. A couple of heaves
later and I sat, relatively relaxed, on the summit.
John, Bryan & Stan on the Lion.....
and Don on the Howitzer
had left a St Georgeís flag in a hollow in the summit
rocks so I proudly waved it whilst Stan took a celebratory
picture of my triumph. John took several more
photos, mostly of his left forefinger curled round the
down was more of a challenge as it was difficult to
spot the footholds but with guidance from the boys I
managed it without mishap. Thanks, lads!
a rock climber in his youth, decided, wisely, that his
knee was not yet ready for such challenges so the mountain
rescue man and the nurse were not needed.
stop, Gibson Knott where we found a ledge just below
the summit for a long and leisurely lunch in what was
now turning into a bright sunny day.
Crag from Gibson Knott
debate ensued. The ethics committee had previously
ruled in favour of the completion of the Central Fells
book without actually having summitted Helm Crag (see
The logic was that we had done what Wainwright
had done and therefore the claim was merited. But
should we now declassify the previous outing and rate
today as the first ascent? A consequence of that
would be that Tony, too, would have his previous completion
withdrawn. We concluded that the original analysis
was sound and the results stood!
continued along the ridge a little longer but John was
starting to become concerned as to how long his knee
would hold out so we dropped down into the Green Burn
valley. A boggy area had to be forded. I
ran across it, prompting John to attempt a similar manouvre,
looking for a moment as if the years had fallen away
and it was an oval ball in his hand, not a stick,
and the tryline was only a few tantalising yards away.
Crag and the Howitzer from Green Burn
was a good view of the Howitzer from the valley. We
reached civilisation by an extraordinarily old cottage:
Turn Howe, dating back to 1577.
K J Turn Howe 1577
we approached Grasmere, Johnís leg was starting
to hurt thereby proving his right to the privileged
parking but it had been a good outing for him. Not
at all bad for a registered disabled. And a triumph
of a day for the rest us, for England and St George!
9th July 2009
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Crag, Gibson Knott-
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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,
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who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
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: 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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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
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