There is still something a slightly wonderful about consulting one of Wainwright’s volumes for advice on unfamiliar ground, all the more so when you find you have been there before but it was so long ago that all recollections have slipped away entirely. My handwritten notes recorded we had climbed Grey Crag from Sadgill on August 4th, 1999. Then we bypassed our first target of today, Great Howe. This marks the probably stuttering start of a campaign to complete our third round of Wainwright’s High Fells, first round of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, first round of the FRCC Lakeland Fells and our first round of the Birketts. The rounds overlap as you might expect although some of Wainwright’s Outlyers are found on no other lists but otherwise most summits should be worth more than one ‘tick’.
Today’s Birkett targets are Great Howe, Little Harter Fell and Goat Scar and today’s Wainwright’s Third Round targets are Tarn Crag and Grey Crag. The round for today is Great Howe, Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree, Adam Seat, Little Harter Fell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Goat Scar, Shipman Knotts and back to Sadgill. It is also a “not too committing” test for my right knee which is somewhat more fragile than usual.
All the desired ticks were gained and my knee stood up to the not too demanding rigours of the day which was quite pleasing because I have been resting it for a week now.