Sunday, 27 April 2014

Recovery Run – 27 April

A recovery run, not from The Fellsman or even the Three Peaks but from a cold or virus that has been plaguing me most of the week. Finally on on Friday it peaked and by Saturday night I started to feel I might survive it. A gentle six miles or so across the fields and along the canal bank in the sunshine – the absence of hills wasn’t an accident. Hope the rest of the week will be better.


20140427-3-aspull-6Not going anywhere fast or at all

20140427-2-aspull-3Lost Ball

20140427-1-aspull-2Multiple Choice Golf?

Monday, 21 April 2014

Teenager With Altitude – 19 April

A glorious Spring day was just starting as were leaving Great Langdale for breakfast in Newlands – Pauline will be marshalling on High Spy and earns breakfast before heading for the hills with a camera (photos here).

20140419-1-lakes-108The moon above Great Langdale as the sun creeps up the valley

20140419-2-lakes-117Remains of an inversion near Elterwater

20140419-3-lakes-120Inversion near Elterwater

20140419-4-lakes-125Inversion near Elterwater (2)

By Keswick the sun was reaching into Borrowdale and we were early enough to get to the shore at Nicol End unhindered.


20140419-5-lakes-140Skiddaw and outlyers

20140419-6-lakes-147-Edit2 & 3 with Skiddaw beyond

20140419-7-lakes-159-EditJetty at Nicol End

20140419-9-lakes-165-EditJetty at Nicol End (2)

20140419-8-lakes-164-EditJetty at Nicol End (3)

20140419-1-lakes-169-EditCar Park with Attendant

20140419-2-lakes-171-EditCar Park Attendant (2)

20140419-5-lakes-180-EditChilling before the start

20140419-3-lakes-174-EditCausey Pike – the first ridge

20140419-4-lakes-177-EditMaiden Moor – the last ridge

The “Teenager” is a tough day out even in conditions as good as these with the breeze on the tops making it a real pleasure to run in warm sunshine. The results will show my slowest time ever but, more importantly, my right knee survived and although, two days later, walking downstairs is still a painful experience I am sure a run later today will sort them out – won’t it?

Huge thanks to Wynn, Steve, all the marshals and everyone involved else for the 2014 Teenager With Altitude

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dark Peak 4 County Tops – 12 April

Within the Dark Peak four counties have their high points, their County Tops, and as you might imagine the challenge of linking them in once continuous route is irresistible to ultra-distance fell runners. It is equally irresistible to The Rucksack Club and so we met before 06:00 on Saturday morning in Hayfield for Will’s Meet – the 42 mile, 7500 feet stroll round the County Tops of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Manchester. A fresh breeze was with us all day and early in the morning it was distinctly cold. Heavy clouds overhead appeared not to change and it seemed flat grey light would be the “order of the day”.

Over Kinder (Derbyshire high point) we went and passed Alport Castles on our way to High Stones (South Yorkshire) on Howden Edge.

20140412-1-DP4CT-2-Edit-2Alport Castles Farm

20140412-2-DP4CT-7-EditAlport Castles Farm from Alport Castles

North from High Stones towards Holme Moss for Black Hill was next and after a bit of heather bashing the paths along the edges were welcome.

20140412-3-DP4CT-13-EditPresident’s Toffees on Outer Edge

20140412-4-DP4CT-19-EditMap fondling on Featherbed Moss

20140412-5-DP4CT-20-EditA very welcome brew by the A628


After a stop a Rae & Katie’s van by the A628 we were off with a new spring in our step and while this lasted no longer than Dead Edge End where the clouds dropped and rain started it was pleasant while it lasted. Black Hill (West Yorkshire) was next and as we turned into the wind the rain, fortunately, began to ease. South to Black Chew Head (Manchester) and then all we had to do was get back over Bleaklow and Mill Hill to Hayfield.


20140412-6-DP4CT-25Torside Clough and the first of the sunshine

20140412-7-DP4CT-26Torside Clough going towards Bleaklow


The forecast sunshine appeared as we climbed above Torside Clough on to Bleaklow. The last few hours in the dark were much more pleasant than they might have been had the weather not improved. A thoroughly good 17 hour day in the Dark Peak – thanks to Will for organising, to Rae & Katie for the tea and buns and to Tom, Andy H, Lis, Andy L and Helen for the great company.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Not what was planned – 05 April

Usually we know what we going to be doing and where we going to go each weekend and often well in advance but not this weekend. Pauline’s plans we unaffected but mine were unravelling before I finished work on Friday although I didn’t know at the time. The toothache was just a gentle background pain that, unusually, painkillers weren’t making any impression on and it hadn’t gone away by the time I went to bed. A few hours later the dull ache was raging and further sleep was out of the question. Instead of on Winter Hill, my  morning was spent at the emergency dentist in Bolton and the remainder of the day at home with a ‘frozen face’.

This is how Winter Hill looked this weekend last year -

20130406-winterhill (19 of 35)-Edit1Winter Hill (April 2013)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Honister Hause – 30 March

A wee recce of the nearly non-existent route from Honister Hause to Dale Head Tarn. It seemed so obvious walking from the tarn to Honister but then, it would. I need to know this bit of fell side for later this summer and it might dark when I am back here looking for the barely discernable trods so I needed so big, easy to find markers and I think I found them. I’ll find out in July, for sure.


20140330-1-gt_langdale-76-EditLooking west from above the hause

20140330-2-gt_langdale-86Looking across to Grey Knotts

20140330-3-gt_langdale-91-EditTowards Borrowdale

20140330-4-gt_langdale-98-EditFleetwith Pike

20140330-5-gt_langdale-103-EditTowards Buttermere

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Great Langdale Skyline – 29 March

Pauline’s Rucksack Club Meet of 2014 was planned long ago, before she knew her sister’s birthday celebration would start the day before and end the day after and so we met at the New Dungeon Ghyll without her. The route climbed to Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark before wander through the Langdale Pikes, going on to Esk Hause via Rossett Pike. From Esk Hause Shelter, we strolled over Esk Pike, Bow Fell and the Crinkles before descending to the valley floor over Pike O’Blisco. The cool wind was an almost constant companion and as the day went on the high clouds thinned to allow some Spring sunshine to bring a little warmth to the day. A few patches of last weekend’s snow lingered but the contrast with last weekend in Buttermere could hardly have been more complete.


20140329-1-gt_langdale-16Climbing to Stickle Tarn

20140329-2-gt_langdale-25Stickle Tarn

20140329-3-gt_langdale-31Pike Of Stickle

20140329-4-gt_langdale-37-EditRossett Pike with some HRMI “Bob Graham Round” aspirants and their navigator

20140329-5-gt_langdale-40-EditIll Crag and more above Upper Eskdale

20140329-6-gt_langdale-42-EditOn Esk Pike

20140329-7-gt_langdale-50-EditThe Scafells Massif

20140329-9-gt_langdale-58-EditLooking down Mosedale towards Cockley Beck

20140329-11-gt_langdale-67-EditThe Crinkles and Bow Fell

20140329-12-gt_langdale-71-EditThe Coniston Fells

20140329-13-gt_langdale-72-EditGreat Langdale

Thanks to Pauline for a great route with weather to match and also to everyone else who came along and provided very fine company on a superb day above Great Langdale