: Getting High. Twice!
15th October 2014
items today, both about getting high. Let's
kick off with Philip's trip to the Everest region of
Nepal, you can't get much higher than that.
is not a BOOTboys
adventure, nor is it a jolly. It has a much more
Here is what Philip has to say about
The Tale and the Trail.
The Tale and the Trail
In November, I will be trekking to the village of
Khiraule in Nepal to raise funds for the recent flooding
disaster in that country which has caused significant
loss of life and a great deal of homelessness.
Khiraule is in the Solu Khumbu / Everest Region of
Nepal, near the regional town of Bung, four days trek east
from the airport at Phaplu.
The trek will be led by Lhakpa Sherpa, a native of
Khiraule, who is now resident for part of each year,
with his wife Pat, in the village of Barbon close to
The Rotary Club of Kendal (of which I am a member),
working with other clubs in North West England, has
raised significant funds for a major redevelopment project
at the School in Khiraule.
I will be able to see this
project realised during my visit and take photographs
to complete a report to the Rotary Foundation in the
USA which has kindly provided a significant proportion
of the funding by means of a ‘Matching Grant’.
I have been working with Ashok Shrestha of the Rotary
Club of Dhulikel in connection with the Khiraule School
Project and I will be meeting him during my visit to
Ashok has advised me of a recent major flooding disaster
in Nepal which has caused significant loss of life and
the destruction of many homes.
The Rotary Clubs
in Nepal have been working tirelessly to alleviate this
disaster and have appealed for funds.
I am happy to
support their appeal because, like all funds raised
by Rotary, they will be put to good use and spent entirely
for the purpose which they have been raised.
I would like to express my gratitude in advance to
everyone who sponsors my trek to Khiraule. I intend
to send a report to all of them following my return
from Nepal at the end of November.
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find out more about Philip's expedition, click on:
Khiraule: The Tale and the Trail
you will find two pages. One tells you more about
the Tale of the village school and also about
the floods. The other describes Philip's Trail
and will be updated regularly so you can follow his
If you would like to support Philip in raising funds for
Khiraule, click on MyDonation.
we move on to the second tale of getting high. Terry
Famous Five Get High
maybe the five are not that famous, however Bryan, John,
Martin, James and Terry set off from Ambleside to climb
High Pike, so not the ‘high’ you were thinking of!
through the town at 10:15 a.m. and without the benefit
of a Linthwaite sausage, the first test was to resist
the temptation of breakfast fare at the various cafes,
then turn off the main street and up Nook lane.
again the weather was dry for the start of a BB outing,
with a reasonable chance that waterproofs would not
be needed. Climbing out of the town the first landmark
we encountered was a Thirlmere Aqueduct Gate; noteworthy
since last Sunday, 12th October, was the 120 year anniversary
of the opening of the 95 mile aqueduct.
pondered the remarkable achievement of Victorian engineering
that created the Manchester water supply entirely fed
by gravity and flowing at 2 to 3 miles per hour. How
many computers and consultants would it take to replicate
that today ? !
after, Bryan suggested that it might be a good time
"to take off a layer" since it was going to
be uphill. Psychologically it was good that he didn’t
say when the uphill would end, which was over two hours
usual the conversation covered a wide range of topics;
however when discussing the current Ebola crisis, the
realisation that John had spent a few days in Madrid
only a couple of weeks previously, ensured that there
would be no further bodily contact with him (as in shaking
route up to Low Pike was rewarded with fine views looking
back over the head of Windermere to the left and Loughrigg
and Rydal Water to the right.
Ambleside from the lower slopes
The slope steepens!
Low Pike and High Pike come into view
Terry finds a good viewpoint
quite still at the start of the walk, the higher the
ground the windier it got and by the time High Pike
was reached it needed a dry stone wall to shelter from
a very stiff and cool wind. Unanimously agreed, at 1:15
p.m. it was time for lunch and also adding a few layers
to keep warm.
Our route onwards from Low Pike
View back to Low Pike and Windermere
Pike is sometimes referred to as Scandale Fell, although
this name only applies to the high ground at the head
of Scandale and is 2,152ft. / 656m..
relatively level path lead to the next landmark, which
was the cairn at High Bakestones with good views over
to Scandale Tarn and Brotherswater beyond.
: on top of High Pike
Brotherswater from High Bakestones
Red Screes and Scandale from near the Pass
time: should we go on to Red Screes or start the descent
back into Ambleside? Looking to the northern skies the
weather threatened to deteriorate, so an hours walk
down to the nearest inn seemed the most prudent course
Our way back down Scandale
A welcome pint in the Golden Rule
was surprising how the wind abated the lower we descended
and after passing Sweden Bridge we arrived to a mild
afternoon in Ambleside and a very welcome refreshment
at the Golden Rule.
thanks to Bryan for a well lead and well paced walk.
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more about the Thirlmere Aqueduct see
and the local community
Thirlmere Aqueduct, 1888-1893
: Thirlmere Aqueduct's 120th anniversary by Westmorland
Thirlmere Way :
A long distance walk by Tim Cappelli
: Don & pals' report on following the pipeline to
a further reminder that if you would like to support Philip in raising funds for
Khiraule, click on MyDonation.
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climbed in feet
Pike, High Pike
James, John Hn, Martin, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1437 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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