BB1437 : Getting High.  Twice!

Tuesday 15th October 2014

Two 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.

This is not a BOOTboys adventure, nor is it a jolly.  It has a much more serious intent.  
Here is what Philip has to say about
Khiraule: The Tale and the Trail.

Khiraule: 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 Kendal.

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 Nepal.

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.

Philip, 15th October 2014

To find out more about Philip's expedition, click on:

Khiraule: The Tale and the Trail

where 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 progress.

If you would like to support Philip in raising funds for Khiraule, click on MyDonation.

Now we move on to the second tale of getting high.  Terry explains:

The Famous Five Get High

OK 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!

Walking 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.

Once 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.


We 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 ? ! 

Soon 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 later.

As 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 hands!).

The 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

Although 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

High 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..

A 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.

Comitibus :   on top of High Pike

Brotherswater from High Bakestones

Red Screes and Scandale from near the Pass

Decision 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 of action.

Our way back down Scandale

A welcome pint in the Golden Rule

It 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.

Many thanks to Bryan for a well lead and well paced walk.

Terry, Tuesday 15th October 2014

For more about the Thirlmere Aqueduct see

Navvies and the local community :  The Thirlmere Aqueduct, 1888-1893

Behind the News : Thirlmere Aqueduct's 120th anniversary by Westmorland Gazette

The Thirlmere Way : A long distance walk by Tim Cappelli

Up The Pipeline : Don & pals' report on following the pipeline to the source

Finally, a further reminder that if you would like to support Philip in raising funds for Khiraule, click on MyDonation.




Tuesday 15th October 2014

Distance in miles

9.6  (Garmin)

Height climbed in feet

2,515 (Memory Map)


Low Pike, High Pike


Bryan, James, John Hn, Martin, Terry


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