Sunday, 28 April 2013

Blencathra, Skiddaw and some bits in between – 27 April

The overnight snow was a bit more of a surprise than the heavy showers of rain sweeping over Blencathra when we reached Threlkeld. Originally we intended to go up over Knott Halloo but we have gone up Gategill Fell in snow before and, even with ice axes, struggled to get off the ridge and on to the plateau. With the top of the ridge plastered in fresh wet snow and without axes we would have struggled so Blease Fell first, it was.

20130427_001_northern_fells-103-EditGategill Fell on the right with Knowe Crags ahead

20130427_002_northern_fells-107-EditPauline leaving Blease Fell summit

20130427_003_northern_fells-8-EditHalls Fell Top beyond Gategill Fell Top

20130427_004_northern_fells-10-EditPauline approaching Gategill Fell Top

20130427_005_northern_fells-21-EditGategill Fell

20130427_006_northern_fells-23-Edit-2Gategill Fell with Skiddaw in the distance

20130427_007_northern_fells-122-EditLooking between Blease Fell and Lonscale Fell to Derwent Water

20130427_008_northern_fells-30-EditSkiddaw House

20130427_009_northern_fells-52-EditBack O’Skiddaw with Blencathra in sunshine

20130427_010_northern_fells-54-EditOn Skiddaw

After Blencathra we jogged over Mungrisedale Common, up passed Skiddaw House on to Skiddaw where most of the snow had melted. Lonscale Fell provided the way back to track for the Blencathra Centre and Threlkeld. A brilliant day out on what will surely be the last day of this prolonged winter.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Teenager With Altitude – 20 April

This is the start of what makes all the winter’s training worthwhile – the first of the long Lakeland fell races, the “Teenager With Altitude”. This is an extended version of the “Anniversary Waltz” that celebrates Wynn and Steve’s wedding and this year was the 17th Waltz and the 4th Teenager. 16 miles and 7000 feet over the North Western Fells but almost all the climbing is crammed into the first 12 miles and there are a couple of big descents that are as demanding as any of the climbs. All in all a brilliant day out on the fells, in good weather and yesterday the conditions were about perfect.


20130420_001_TWA-2Sun breaking through above Grasmere


20130420_003_TWA-13Catbells and the final descent


20130420_005_TWA-100-EditNewlands Fells from Causey Pike

20130420_006_TWA-102-EditNewlands Hause

20130420_007_TWA-103-Edit-2Derwent Water and the Northern Fells

20130420_008_TWA-21-EditAfter flirting with the Teenager

20130420_009_TWA-23Some of the marshals enjoying a brew at the end of the day

I need to get some proper running done this year instead of just running between photographs so there are fewer taken during the race than usual. This also seems to mean that, while I finished with a quicker time than the last two years, my legs hurt even more than the last two years – or so it seems.

Pauline was marshalling on High Spy and has some photos here.

Huge thanks to Steve, Wynn and everyone else who helps make this wonderful pair of races happen.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Great Langdale – 13 April

Colin and I didn’t have a plan – we had or had had several plans, all of which required better weather than we were going to get after leaving the valley floor in Great Langdale. True, we did climb out of the low clouds on Pike O’Stickle briefly and eventually the low cloud did lift as did the wind strength, described as “pesky” by the time we reached Great End. So pesky that it was impossible to get out of or find any shelter from and we were forced to seek shelter lower down.

The descent back to the valley floor meant a change of season – still, mild and damp – in complete contrast to the cold and bitter wind blowing across the fell tops. Between Rossett Pike and Great End there is still a very significant amount of deep, wet snow which makes the going slow and your feet cold – ah, the joys of Spring 2013.


20130413_001_gtlangdale-4-EditPike O’Sickle before the low clouds returned

20130413_002_gtlangdale-5-EditDown the Stone Chute

20130413_003_gtlangdale-14-EditLangdale Pikes between clouds

20130413_004_gtlangdale-37-Edit-2Esk Pike and Bowfell


20130413_005_gtlangdale-44-EditScafell Pike and Lingmell


20130413_006_gtlangdale-50-EditWind carved snow

20130413_007_gtlangdale-58-EditBowfell and (frozen) Angle Tarn

20130413_008_gtlangdale-64-EditHaving a buttie above Great Langdale


20130413_009_gtlangdale-65-EditRossett Pike with the Langdale Pikes beyond

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Winter Hill – 06 April

Long run this morning over Winter Hill: 5 ascents, 20 miles and just under 4500 feet of climbing, Spring may have arrived later in the day but it was still pretty wintery when the sun was low in the sky. This week it has been a real pleasure to run over Winter Hill after work, without a head torch.

Winter Hill 06 April (7 of 7)Climbing out of Horwich

Winter Hill 06 April (3 of 7)Light in Arcon Village

Winter Hill 06 April (5 of 7)Near Gilligant’s Farm

Winter Hill 06 April (6 of 7)Half frozen Smithills reservoir

Winter Hill 06 April (1 of 7)Winter Hill summit and mast

Winter Hill 06 April (2 of 7)Winter Hill from The Knoll

Winter Hill 06 April (4 of 7)George’s Lane below Noon Hill