Sunday, 20 December 2009

Mark Smith – Winter Bob Graham Round 18/19 December 2009

Just before eight o’clock on Friday evening Mark set off from the Moot Hall in Keswick to tackle the hardest of the Bob Graham Round variations – a mid winter round (within 14 days of the shortest day); 70 miles, 28500 feet of climbing over 42 summits. Along with Bob Wightman, Alan Lucker, Will Houghton and Dave Hindley I joined Mark at about 04:30 on Saturday morning to provide support on the Dunmail to Wasdale leg. With first light arriving as we as were were climbing Bowfell we were treated to a very special early morning on the high fells.

 

first water station first water station

Mark Smith Winter BGR (2 of 38) Will, Mark, Dave & Bob

Mark Smith Winter BGR (3 of 38)first light photo stop – Dave, Mark & Alan 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (5 of 38) happy to see daylight for the first time since setting off – Will, Bob, Mark & Dave

Mark Smith Winter BGR (6 of 38)Alan, Will (obviously enjoying himself) and Bob 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (7 of 38) Great Langdale with an inversion over Lake Winderwmere

Mark Smith Winter BGR (8 of 38)Bob with the Scafells beyond

Mark Smith Winter BGR (9 of 38) the Scafells

Mark Smith Winter BGR (10 of 38) approaching Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (11 of 38) Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (12 of 38) leaving Esk Pike

Mark Smith Winter BGR (13 of 38) Esk Pike with Great End and Great Gable beyond

Mark Smith Winter BGR (14 of 38)Ill Crag with Sca Fell beyond 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (15 of 38) Great End

Mark Smith Winter BGR (16 of 38) Allen Crags

Mark Smith Winter BGR (17 of 38)clouds beginning to roll in from the west 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (18 of 38) over Langdale Pikes

Mark Smith Winter BGR (19 of 38) Dave’s perspiration icicle, that is how cold it was!

Mark Smith Winter BGR (20 of 38) col between Great End and Ill Crag

Mark Smith Winter BGR (21 of 38) sun arrives

Mark Smith Winter BGR (22 of 38)clouds rolling towards Mosedale 

 

Mark Smith Winter BGR (24 of 38) back towards Langdale Pikes

Mark Smith Winter BGR (26 of 38) Great Gable

Mark Smith Winter BGR (27 of 38) Great End

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (29 of 38)clouds gather on Scafell Pike 

 

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (31 of 38)

Mosedale starts to fill with clouds

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (32 of 38)

behind us thick clouds engulf Eskdale

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (33 of 38)

descending Broad Crag – Will, Mark, Alan and Dave

  Mark Smith Winter BGR (35 of 38)

Alan

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (36 of 38)

Eskdale

 Mark Smith Winter BGR (37 of 38)

Eskdale again

Mark Smith Winter BGR (38 of 38) clouds about to catch us

The clag reached the summit of Scafell Pike before we did and from there until almost down to Brackenclose we saw very little.

Alan has more photos here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/ALAN.LUCKER/MarksWinterBG#

Bob has more photos here: http://bobwightman.co.uk/run/winter-bgr_slide.php

Putting in a fantastic performance Mark completed his winter Bob Graham Round, in seriously deteriorating conditions, returning to the Moot Hall in 24:18 - an awe inspiring  achievement.

 

6 comments:

  1. as expected now, fantastic photos! particularly of the 'perspiration icicle'. i kept checking and re-checking the thread on fra last night for updates. a seriously impressive 'day out'

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  2. Awesome shots on what looks like an outstanding day to be out there. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Some great pics there. Inspiring stuff. I know your face from Border League, Clwyd races, etc. Now I'll now the legend attached ;-)
    Steve (Helsby)

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  4. Absolutely stunning pictures people. Obvious respect and admiration for the winter BGR tinghed with jealousy about the quality of the weather / views! What a day - thanks for sharing.

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  5. Fantastic.... simply fatastic :-)

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  6. You make an old fellrunner very, very envious. Absolutely fantastic pictures. Where's mi coat?

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