that was an adventure! MWIS warned us about hail
and 55 mph winds but were we bothered? No. Did
we look bothered? You bet!
was an inauspicious start to the day with lots of talk
in the car about people getting lost and dying on the
fells. This was compounded by Tony's leggings
blowing away as we got changed. However local
knowledge did save us about 2 miles walking and over
500 feet of climbing. I would have parked at Coniston
but Tony and Bryan knew this sneaky route up the Walney
Scar road to park halfway up Coniston Old Man.
weather was kind enough as we strode out
manfully up to Levers Water- the odd shower
but nowhere near as bad as last week.
Levers Water the path started to get seriously
then it got steeper.
only thing keeping me going was the group
of youths ahead and we were slowing reeling
to show these whipper snappers that they don't make
them like they used to, I ignored what my heart was
telling me and pressed on relentlessly. Unfortunately
we didn't quite catch them and they reached Levers Hause
before us where their instructor was giving them a lesson
on the importance of taking a bearing in such conditions.
decided on a one stop strategy and had lunch on a little
crag just below the Hause. Although it rained
a bit and hailed a bit it was surprisingly pleasant
so it was a bit of a shock when we remounted the Hause
and got hit by the 55 mph winds and the stinging driving
hail. Or at least I am told there was stinging
driving hail. Bryan usually takes the proverbial
out of me for wearing my full face ski mask and ski
goggles when the weather is bad. Not today! I
was warm as toast in my little cocoon whilst others
moaned. I wish I could say that I did not notice the
wind but that would be a downright lie. It was
bad. Very bad. At times it was virtually
impossible to make progress.
Brim Fell Summit
the Old Man
fought our way to the top of Brim Fell (more appropriately
today called Grim Fell- notice in particular discomfort
of faces in photo!!) and then on towards the Old Man
when we found what Bryan believed to be
the escape route to Goat's Hause we thought
discretion was the better part of valour.
We were only about 300 yards from
the summit but the Old Man would still be
there another day and if we went today we
might see a side of it not often viewed
at close quarters and then not more than
the map out to check the route was a challenge
and it took Stan and me to hold it down
whilst Bryan confirmed we had found the
Goat's Hause we found a very comfortable
semi natural shelter but by then we had
dropped out of the worst of the wind. Still
it was a good opportunity for a team picture.
descent took us by Goat's Water and the
magnificent Dow Crag buttresses and down
to the Walney Scar road and eventually the
know that Bryan sometimes feels that he
does not get sufficient credit for his knowledge
of the hills and his navigational skill
so I will repeat what I said to him when
he got out of the car.
you did a good job up there today.
13th April 2006
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