Monday, 25 April 2011

Teenager With Altitude – 23 April

The forecast promised “sunny intervals giving way to thundery showers” and as we drove over from Borrowdale the first part looked as though it would be correct.

Teenager-002Derwent Water with some of the Central Fells behind

Teenager-003A sunny interval over Derwent Water

Teenager-007Breakfast for the marshals

Teenager-010Dragging the drinking water pipe up the field to the Finish

Pauline would be marshalling on Outerside so we were in Stair early enough for breakfast and to enjoy the morning sun. By the time the race started the sun sunny intervals were about over and beyond Causey Pike all the summits, by the time I reached them, were in wreathed in thick clouds which made for interesting route finding.

Teenager-024At the Start

Teenager-025Final Instructions

Teenager-031Approaching Outerside summit

Teenager-028Out of the clouds after Grasmoor long enough to see Crummock Water

Teenager-029Approaching Whiteless Pike

Teenager-030Whiteless Pike descents with High Snockrigg and Robinson beyond

Teenager-034Final descent

Teenager-036Sarah & Huw on the final descent

Having spent a day reccing the route and having run the inaugural race in 2010 I felt happier about the route, until seeing how restricted the visibility was. A safe but not optimum line to Grasmoor cost a few minutes and a less than optimum crossing of Buttermere Moss in very poor visibility cost a few more minutes but going wrong, horribly wrong (repeating an error made on the recce and then compounding it), on Maiden Moor on very difficult ground cost almost 15 minutes. Overall I was about 19 minutes slower than last year but it was still great fun and a great day on the fells. Thanks to Steve, Wynn and everyone else who makes it happen.

 

Teenager-018Clouds lifting from Maiden Moor in the late afternoon

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