A Bit on the Side.....
bit on the Side Pike and a lot on Lingmoor Fell. Wind
that is, plus nasty spitty and at times driving rain
but strangely not too cold. Not ideal conditions
for our biggest turn out of the year (Bryan, John, Stan,
Tony & me) but no surprise as that is what MWIS
also predicted a moment of exposure but reassured us
with the fact that there was an alternative route that
involved removing rucksack and squeezing through a tiny
gap. I comforted my self with the unkind thought
that if John could get through, then so could I!
we parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park
and set off up the path that runs above
the road to Little Langdale, passing on
the way a group of whingeing school kids
who were finding that a holiday in the Lake
District is not quite the picnic they hoped
it might be. At the high point of
the pass we struck up left to take Side
Pike (see souvenir photo- too wild for me
to use the timer and gallop back into the
picture) and enthusiastically almost bounced
down the other side.
Mistake- it's pretty sheer cliff. Retraced
our steps and traversed round the Pike and
came across the Big Squeeze with the alternatives
of going over a rock or round the rock,
both with exposure. I don't do exposure
so the squeeze it was. Quite enjoyable
really (see photo of Stan emerging). Had
first stop on the other side and looked
back. I have to say that had we done
the route the other way round, I could not
have done it. Even the squeeze path
looked as if it had bad exposure.
off to Lingmoor Fell in worsening conditions
and, having bagged it, carried on along
the ridge to find the path down to the quarry.
After one false start we found the
path and from then on it was easy peasy
down to the Cumbria Way and back up the
Valley, even with the odd bit of sunshine
although the weather threatened to close
in again towards the end.
good little loosener although the way I feel at the
moment it seems more like a bad little stiffener.
5th April 2006
the report omits to mention is a considerable amount
of helicopter activity plus an ambulance racing up the
valley as we were driving home. Rumour had it
that there was a group of students going from Langdale
to Borrowdale dressed in light clothing and slip on
shoes pulling wheeled suitcases!. The Langdale Mountain
Rescue report stated:
group of ten people from Thailand got in to difficulties
when they tried to walk from Langdale to Borrowdale.
They became very cold and wet during heavy snow fall
in the Angle Tarn area. Eight of them were helped to
safety by passing walkers, and two of the more seriously
affected were given shelter in a tent put up by a school
party. They had become seriously hypothermic. The shelter
provided by the school probably saved their lives, and
their actions are to be commended. So to are the actions
of the people who assisted the other eight. The team
were called to assist the two in the tent, and we requested
the assistance of a search and rescue helicopter from
the RAF, and help from Kendal MRT. The two were treated
by team members then all were evacuated from the hill
by helicopter. The group were inadequately equipped
and had little by way of appropriate clothing or footwear.
Without the sound thinking of passersby and the assistance
of the helicopter, the outcome would have undoubtedly
been much worse.
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