BB1029 : The Return of Uncle Jamie

Thursday 5th August 2010

The Met Office forecast was unusually precise: There will be heavy showers over Skiddaw, Blencathra and Great Gable.

Good, we thought, that means Pike o’Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell should be clear.  

Not so!

The forecast was accurate but incomplete, as we would find out!

Just the sort of weather Luca's Uncle Jamie didn't want on his summer return from Crete!

Luca with Uncle Jamie

Just like last year on BB0926: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?

In order to secure a parking place, given that it is high season, we set off early and arrived at the old Dungeon Ghyll National Trust car park before 9 a.m..  

Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and The Band

We may have avoided the crowds but the early morning drizzle was still around.  It did clear somewhat, however, as we set off up the road to Little Langdale, from which we picked up the Pike o’Blisco path.

Bryan and Stan on the Pike o'Blisco path, Langdales behind.

I do like Po’B.  It is a bit of a slog up by Redacre Gill but the path has been excellently “fixed” with properly laid stones- an example to other parts of the Lake District where they have gone berserk in building motorways with diggers.  The upper part of the hill consists of a series of short gullies that require hands and, on a day like today, a certain amount of care as the rocks were very slippery.

After completing the climb, we dropped down to Red Tarn, passing by an incongruous hut, constructed for the path fixers.

Langdales from Pike o'Blisco summitl

Path fixers' hut, Crnkles behind

Next, we started on Crinkle Crags.  I am never quite sure how many Crinkles there are (I am told seven) and whether we visited them all but there is no mistaking the bad step on what I think is Crinkle two.  This is a gully with a big chock stone that prevents a direct access forcing a wee bit of rock-climbing to the side.  On a fine day it is a bit of a challenge.  However, by now it was raining hard and it was a lot of a challenge.  

We then had our usual wander around Long Top in the mist before determining the right route to complete the Crinkles.  After the last one (another little scramble), whatever number it might be, we contemplated Bowfell.  We could see several people on the summit and the weather had cleared.  Should we press on?  On the horizon was another belt of rain so we decided to have lunch instead, sheltered behind a very comfortable slab.

Remaining Crinkles and Bowfell from Long Top

Langdale valley from the last Crinkle

Looking back to Pike o'Blisco and some Crinkles

A tiny tarnlet

Comitibus: Crinkle Crags

The rain set in again so we curtailed lunch and opted to return to the valley via the Band. There would have been no fun climbing the 600 feet in the rain, wind and cold.

Pike o'Blisco and some Crinkles from The Band

Part way down, it faired up again, so we stopped to complete lunch.  Had we gone just a few yards further we would have found a very convenient memorial bench on which to "Rest and remember the work of S H Hamer, Secretary of the National Trust, 1911 - 1934."  And eat.  As it was, we just used it for a second team photo before reaching the valley at the flower bedecked Stool End Farm.

Rest and remember Jamie, Don, Bryan and Stan

Stool End Farm

Of course, as we drove home, the sun came out.  But then, the Met Office had told us that it would!

Don, 5th August 2010




5th August 2010

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:



Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags

Other Features:


Wainwright Countdown:

Don & Stan: 6, Bryan: 7 (all unchanged)


Bryan, Don, Jamie, Stan


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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

BB1014 :
The Windmills on the Moor
Wednesday 7th April

BB1015 :
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
Sunday 11th April

BB1016 :
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
Thursday 15th April

BB1017 :
The BessyBOOT
Thursday 22nd April

BB1018 :
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April

BB1019 :
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May

BB1020 :
Red Screes and Sausages
Thursday 20th May

BB1021 :
The Mile High Club
Thursday 27th May

BB1022 :
What A Difference A Day Makes
Thursday 3rd June

BB1023 :
Something Brutal
Thursday 10th June

BB1024 :
Rendezvous on Haycock
Thursday 17th June

BB1025 :
The Men of Gragareth
Thursday 24th June

BB1026 :
The Smardale Round
Thursday 1st July

BB1027 :
Don't Shun The Shunner!
Thursday 8th July

BB1028 :
All Around the Edge
Thursday 29th July

BB1029 :
The Return of Uncle Jamie
Thursday 5th August

BB1030 :
The Examination Results
Thursday 12h August



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

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