BB1007 : Can You See Clearly Now?

Thursday 18th February 2010

  • Is you computer screen as clean as it was when you bought it?  
  • Have you cleaned the inside of the screen as well as the outside?  

No?  I thought not.  

In that case, I recommend you try this program. When you launch it, a new window will open. Make sure that the window is maximised, wait a minute or so and be amazed at the results. Once satisfied, close the window and carry with this report.  

To start the procedure, click on Please Clean My Screen.

Finished?  Hopefully, you can now see clearly, which is more than we could at the top of Harter Fell today.

We parked at Sadgill, at the end of the Longsleddale road, and headed up the valley.  

Sadgill Bridge


As Pete observed, Longsleddale is aptly named.  The path climbs steadily but the scenery changes only slowly.

Looking back down the valley

We were prepared, equipped and, indeed, hoping for snow and ice (although Stan seemed to be using his ice axe as an aerial) but we hadnít expected the extent of mist that we encountered.

Wren Gill

Ice Axe or Radio Mast?

It was clear enough in the valley.  

It was still clear when we went through the gate into Brownhowe Bottom- the place where you think the hard work is behind you only to find that you are entering a desolate area and the path just keeps on climbing, now in snow.  

Brownhowe Bottom

Looking back over Brownhowe Bottom

As soon as we left the Gatesgarth Pass for the ascent of Little Harter Fell, the visibility fell to not very much!

Still, navigation is simple up there.

Even in the worst of weathers, you just follow the wall.  

On the other hand, if you plan to go down the Nan Bield pass, you need to be careful not to head off west at the cairn with the twisted metal.

It would be a swift descent.

The summit of Harter Fell is marked by a less notable cairn.  However, today it didnít matter as we were heading back south along the ridge.

The first, non summit, cairn

The summit cairn

As we approached Kentmere Pike, we were looking for somewhere to shelter from the cold wind in order to take lunch.  Our search was in vain, so I took out the emergency tent and used it like a windbreak on Blackpool beach.  It was reasonably effective.  Of course, had we continued only a short distance further to the summit, we would have found a neat little hole, protected by walls and rocks.  Or maybe not, as it was occupied by a rather elderly couple.

Comitibus: Kentmere Pike lunch time

The mist starts to lift

Coming down the other side of Kentmere Pike, the mist began to lift and at last we could actually see something.  It remained a grey day, however.  

Kentmere Pike with Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick to the left.

The photograph of Kentmere Pike, above, disguises the amount of snow that had been underfoot- the foreshortening effect on the tufts of grass sticking though makes it look far less snowy than it actually was.

After Shipman Knotts, we had a coffee stop when we reached the bridle path that joins Sadgill to Green Quarter in Kentmere and then returned to the car.

On the way back, Bryan asked had we seen him on the tele last night?

Longsleddale regained

Do you remember that his excuse for not turning out on BB0935 in November was that he had gone to Crinkley Bottom to see Noel Edmonds?  Well, it was shown last night.  

Noel, Bryan and Clive

What, you missed it?  

Donít you watch Deal or No Deal?  

Now that you can see clearly, you donít have to miss our BOOTboy star of television.  

Here he is, between Noel and Clive, just above the telephone.  

Click on Deal or No Deal to watch the replay.  Donít delay, though, it might not be kept on line for very long.  

And if you feel you need the inside of your screen cleaning to remove all traces of the aforementioned Mr Edmonds, simply repeat the procedure described above- click on Please Clean My Screen. 

Don, 18th February 2010


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18th February


7.9 miles

Height climbed:

2,122 feet


Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts

Other Key Features:



Bryan, Don, Pete, Stan

If you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow our route in detail by downloading BB1007.

Steve G advises: "For those who like to look at your meanderings but use Tracklogs or other software then your logs can be converted using the freeware utility GPS Babel."

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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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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2010 Outings

BB1001 :
The Most Perfect
 Winter Day
Thursday 7th January

BB1002 :
 Potter Fell
Thursday 14th January

BB1003 :
A Snowy Equipment Test

Thursday 21st January

BB1004 :
Leave It To The Professionals

Thursday 28th January

BB1005 :
That's A Lyth Record
Sunday 31st January 

BB1006 :
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February

BB1007 :
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February

BB1008 :
In Memory Of
Thomas Williamson
Thursday 25th February

BB1009 :
Almost a Mountaineer!
Wednessday 3rd March

BB1010 :
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March

BB1011 :
The Free Men on Tuesday
Tuesday 16th March

BB1012 :
We'll Get Them In Singles,
Thursday 25th March

BB1013 :
The Fools on the Hill
Thursday 1st April




BSB2010 :
boys in Zillertal
Saturday 30th January
to Saturday 6th February





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To download a log of which Wainwrights have been done by which BOOTboy in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent of BOOTboys click on Wainwrights

If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!