Monday, 13 December 2010

Mark Smith’s Winter Bob Graham Round – 11 Dec

Last year, about this time, I met Mark at Dunmail Raise before daybreak, in sub zero temperatures, for the start of Leg 3 of his 2009  mid-Winter Bob Graham Round. Last weekend I met Mark at Dunmail Raise after sunset at the end of Leg 3 of his 2010 attempt to get back the 22 minutes that went astray in 2009. Dave Hindley was back again as were many others. Better than most, Mark’s blog, captured the essence of preparing for a long day (and night) in the hills and shared the intensity, nervousness and emotional commitment that are intrinsic parts of the preparation.

Arriving in Ambleside just before sunset I had time to watch the daylight leak away over the horizon as I wondered how the long crossing from Wasdale to Dunmail was going.

 

MS_WBGR_2010 (1 of 7)West across Lake Windermere

  MS_WBGR_2010 (2 of 7)South across Lake Windermere

MS_WBGR_2010 (3 of 7)

Towards the Langdale Pikes

MS_WBGR_2010 (4 of 7)Getting ready at Dunmail Raise

MS_WBGR_2010 (5 of 7)Tucking in at Dunmail Raise

MS_WBGR_2010 (6 of 7)Flasks of hot tea at Grisedale Tarn before the climb up Dollywagon Pike

The first three legs went well and although a few minutes had been lost since Wasdale there were plenty left for the last two legs. As we were approaching “The Post” on Dollywagon Pike, almost at the end of the three big climbs on this leg Mark tore a calf muscle, quite badly, and after 17 hours (and many months) from the start the attempt was over.  Mark’s blog has some details.

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