: Two Left Gloves and Too Small Boots
28th December 2014
anyone got a spare pair of size thirteen boots and a
right hand ski glove?
forecast was for a bright sunny day, little wind, good
visibility and snow above 400 metres. The objective
was to take advantage of the snow and finish reasonably
early. The dilemma was that to hit the snow (and inevitably
ice) we would need crampons or at least Grivel Spiders.
Unfortunately, although Ian's son George was organised
and had brought his, son Harry couldn't find his Grivels,
and Ian had forgotten to look. Don sadly bailed out
at the eleventh hour with a nasty stomach bug (but sensitively
spared us the detail), came to the rescue, and left
two sets outside his back door.
fully equipped, or so we thought (it turned out that
Harry had brought two left ski gloves but no right glove!),
we set off for Dunmail with the aim of reaching Grizedale
Tarn and then making a decision on which route to take.
Fell from Dunmail Raise
Tarn with Fairfield behind
was a fantastic day as we climbed Raise Beck, with super
visibility and sun streaming from behind Fairfield.
By the time we reached the Tarn we were in bright
sunshine and decided to take the to path to Dollywagon
day sun (or probably earlier)
after this, George stopped to examine his ankle and
announced that he'd twisted it during a drinking session
the week before Christmas (he's a first year student
at Newcastle University) but that was the extent of
the explanation. George said he was OK and would
soldier on so we slowly plodded to the top of Dollywagon
and continued along the ridge to Nethermost Pike.
photographs were taken, neither they nor words are adequate
for the stunning scenery all around us. However,
when we reached the col above Nethermost Cove mist was
descending rapidly around the summit of Helvellyn and
our slow progress meant that we were behind schedule.
To add to this, George announced that it
wasn't his ankle that was bothering him after all but
his boots, new this summer, which at size twelve and
a half were too small!
leads the descent
we headed down the path towards Comb Crag and Wythburn,
which was noticeably more icy, being northern facing,
than the previous paths. When we reached the woods
we followed the forest track back to Dunmail.
traffic was gridlocked back to Ambleside and beyond
so we were considerably later than planned but this
didn't detract from a super day on the fells to finish
Sunday 28th December 2014
Afternote: If anyone does have a pair of size thirteen
boots and a right hand ski glove surplus to requirements,
do let George know.
of Year Report
been an eventful year with a joint record number of
outings: 46 and a record number of participants: 24
miles covered, 441, is back up with the "glory"
years of 2007 / 2010 and the average, at 9.4, was the
fourth highest since records began.
height climbed just fell short of 100,000 feet, again
placing the year in fourth place. Average height climbed
was also in fourth place at 2,119.
average number of participants per outing was a record
4.63 and the total BOYdays was
also a record at 214 .
can find the index page for this year's adventures at
BOOTboys 2014 .
hoping that 2015 is kind to all BOOTboys and
members of The
New Year !
vanished under temerature inversion cloud on Monday-
sadly only phone camera available
28th December 2014
climbed in feet
Pike, Nethermost Pike
George, Harry, Martin(Sam), Stan
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1446 .
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.
have been gleaned from many sources although mostly
Likewise written comment.
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