: The Book of the Month,
5th April 2012
all need a challenge to keep us motivated.
It was very noticeable how, after
Stan and I completed the Wainwrights, we
drifted because we had no specific target
in mind. We talked about various possibilities
but for some time there was no overriding
goal in our subsequent outings.
to overcome this problem and partly as a
training exercise for Mont Blanc later in
the year, Bryan has set himself the target
of completing all of Wainwright's Eastern
Fells in April.
Book of the Month.
was his first part: the Fairfield Horseshoe.
I have, of course, visited all the
tops involved but I have never previously
done them as part of this classic circuit.
was time to put that right.
webpage about the Fairfield Horseshoe seems to talk
about its fell race and the best time of 75 minutes.
Bryan might have been able to do something
close to that once upon a time but not me so no more
i.e. Bryan, decided we should do the route anti-clockwise
which suited me as I remembered the climb up Nab Scar
to be hard work. It was a superb day as we parked
by Rydal Mount. I switched on my GPS and we followed
the track by the Hall and then south. Here we met our
first obstacle. Yesterday's gales had brought
down a tree that was presenting an almost impenetrable
barrier. Almost. Fortunately we found a
negotiates a way through
reaching Scandale Beck we turned north and attacked
our first objective Low Pike.
Conistons and round from Low Pike
Pike with Dove Crag behind
far so good. The next was more exciting. There
was a rocky cliff in the way and people struggling to
get up. Bryan decided that we should take the
direct route by the wall. Once there I could see why
others had opted for a more central route.
back over Low Pike to Windermere
about one giant step for mankind. I was
so intent on trying to figure out how to
overcome the challenge that I quite forgot
to get my camera out.
just about managed it. I then took
a vertical leap for a minuscule toehold
I managed to get my knee onto a shelf and
pull myself up, not knowing whether to be
ashamed at my lack of technique or proud
of my stumbling triumph.
I did know was that my knee hurt!
pressed on up the steepish climb at too great a speed.
I had to slow down to keep my heart from bursting.
Once past these slopes, however, we made good
progress over up to Dove Crag and a coffee stop.
distant view of Great Gable
Above How and Ullswater
with Striding and Swirral Edges
decided to pull out my GPS to see how well we were going
and, disaster, found it was no longer in my pocket.
Nor my rucksac. It must have fallen out
lower down on one of the several occasions when I pulled
my map out of the pocket. Why, oh why had I not
kept it in my rucksac as I normally do? Or put
it in a more secure pocket? Foolish BOOTboy.
A present from some very good pals. Sorry lads.
direct consequence is that today's statistics are estimated
by plotting the route manually from memory so should
be treated as no more than a reasonable approximation.
looking for a route up
round to Cofa Pike ....
and on to St Sunday Crag
made our way round to Hart Crag and the Fairfield summit
taking several minor detours to look down into the gullies
that lead down eventually to Brothers Water. Lunch
and stunning views were consumed just past the summit.
Is there a better vantage point in the Lake District
to see the panorama from Coniston Old Man right round
past Bowfell, Scafell, Gable, Skiddaw, Helvellyn to
High Street, with Ingleborough in the distance to the
south and the Scottish Solway hills to the north west?
If so, where is it?
way back, Windermere and Coniston Water in the distance
back at the horseshoe
rounding the top we began the return, first to Great
Rigg. Bryan wanted to take in a detour to Stone Arthur;
not normally part of the horseshoe, but if this were
included it would make the rest of his month's challenge
just a little easier, logistically. I think he
had been worried about overstretching me but I have
to say that other than being puffed on the steepest
parts, I was going well and keen to add to the day.
Stone Arthur was therefore duly knocked off and
we traversed round the head of Greenhead Gill to rejoin
the main path to Heron Pike.
on a mission
lass behind the bar did not object to
what is becoming the norm of photographing
the bar person (male or female, in case
you were beginning to wonder my motives)
provided we described her as the best
barmaid in the best pub of the day.
I gladly do.
that was left was the steepish drop
down to Nab Scar and similar continuation
to the Badgers Bar at the bottom where
we agreed on how lucky we had been to
be out on such a magnificent day. And
how, despite our advanced age, no one
had been allowed to remain in front
of us on the round. Silly old
The best barmaid in the best pub of
thought my legs might start to protest after sitting
supping in the sun but am pleased to report that they
made it safely back to the car. I am not sure
that there would have been enough life left in them
to drive home, however. It's a good job that Bryan
is a lot fitter than me. He needs to be if he
is to do all the Easterns this month!
5th April 2012
Call of Nature
if anyone was offended by last week's rear view of Tony
apparently responding to a call of nature but it was
included by specific request. I shall refrain
from saying from whom came that plea but an examination
of the Comitibus
from either today or last week might give a clue!
the Hair Turns Grey
when you think there is nothing more to be added to
the Big Josie story, another tale crops up on the internet.
This time the wheel goes full circle as the posting
refers back to the BOOTboys
Provided you are not put off your beer or otherwise
easily offended, see When
the Hair Turns Grey.
the Hair Turns Green
seems to be sprouting big green hair. We shall
see more when he is home soon.
5th April 2012
climbed in feet:
Pike, High Pike, Hart Crag, Fairfield,
Great Rigg, Stone Arthur
routes are normally put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. But not today.
Route estimated by hand.
see which Wainwright top (excluding Outlying Fells)
was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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