Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Mountain Trial – 14 September

This year from Patterdale with much speculation beforehand about whether the course would restrict itself to “only the Helvellyn ridge”. In fact it did but that still left the course planner with plenty of options. I wondered if I had made a mistake entering the Medium rather than the Classic but it didn’t take long on Sunday morning to realise that if i had made a mistake it was in not entering the Short! I struggled round the Medium in just over six and a half hours covering over 20 miles and in excess of 7500 feet of climbing. The weather was kind and there were route choices galore. I think I avoided some of the worst routes, enjoyed the day and, of course, seeing old friends. No camera en route, I am afraid, so these are from before the start and after the finish.

20140914_001_LDMT-6-EditGetting Ready

20140914_002_LDMT-11-EditSurvival Bag

20140914_003_LDMT-21Tony – still smiling at the end!

20140914_005_LDMT-26-EditPost Mortem (1)

20140914_004_LDMT-23-EditPost Mortem (2)

The Mountain Trial is a long tough day out for all but the elite and it has a very special atmosphere, not least because, the route is unknown until you look at the map and decide for yourself how you are going to get to each of the successive check points. This year is, probably, the first time I have stuck to my route choices between check points and I think also it is the first time I avoided any really bad choices – probably helped by the fact that almost all of the route was over familiar ground.

Huge thanks are due to everyone involved in organising and helping with the 2014 Lake District Mountain Trial.

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