Pike or the Stockghyll picnic.
19th January 2007
an awful weather 2007 has delivered
so far. The only decent day was
Tuesday 16th but a BOOTboys
outing could not be arranged. However
I had a spare hour and managed to take
advantage of the rare glimpse of sun
to go up Helm which was quite splendid.
On the right is the team picture
of me with my identical twin brother
at the summit.
Donny twinson Helm
below is a 360 degree reminder of what a decent
day looks like! Click for an enlargement.
You will probably need to click on the new
picture a second time to see it properly.
the weather then reverted to type and e-mail chicken
resumed. Stan won this week as he was the
keenest to go out in yesterday's 100 mph gales-
perhaps he was just the last to read the forecast
properly. Today, Friday, was hoped to be rather
day dawned with an unusual moment of doubt. Would
Bryan be fit enough to make it? Shock ran through
the camp at the realisation that he was human after
all! However, fit enough indeed he was and relishing
the fact that, today, Stan was leading, not him.
had felt for some time that BB0617,
Queen's Head to Queen's Head, represented unfinished
business and that if we really wanted to consider that
we had done the length of the Roman version of High
Street, Troutbeck to Ambleside, sorry- Galava, needed
to be performed. Fortunately that was eminently
suitable for a day which was blustery in the morning
but with serious rain threatening to come in during
parked at Troutbeck and headed for Ambleside via Robin
Lane and Jenkins Crag with Bryan taking every opportunity
to wind Stan up about his map reading, especially when
we took a minor detour to visit a strange cairn just
off the path and when we failed to find the path down
to Galava. We decided it was not worth visiting
as it looked mostly underwater so we headed into Ambleside
instead. It was a most peculiar feeling being
in civilisation at 11:30 in the morning in mid walk.
Tony seemed to know every nook and cranny, either
from his drinking days or his courting days, and half
the residents. Stan, on the other hand, was having
some trouble locating the right path out of Ambleside,
much to Bryan's amusement.
eventually found the route up Stockghyll Force, past
the waterfall, when another dispute arose as to how
to escape from the ghyll. Stan rescued a potentially
embarrassing detour by announcing that picnic table
to which he had led us could be used for lunch and,
as it was just about noon, Tony was not going to refuse.
the picnic, the right path was found and the ascent
of Wansfell Pike began. It's actually rather steep
and longer than you might think, especially for after
lunch. Half way up we were mortified to be overtaken
by an old geyser travelling much quicker. I stood
back to let him past. I thought about tripping
him but instead I accused him of showing us up. "Ah,
but I am used to it" he kindly said. Hope he doesn't
read our web site and realise that we are not exactly
strangers to the fells.
made a nice change from BB0612
actually to be able to see on the top of
the clouds were looming and we deemed it
sensible to crack on to pick up Nanny Lane
and get back to Troutbeck before the rains
is little more to report really.
than Stan and Tony are now plotting how
to keep Bryan under control next week!
19th January 2007
miles (with detours)
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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature
years who enjoy defying the ageing process by getting out into the hills as
often as possible!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
our focus is on the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
As for the name, BOOTboys, it does not primarily derive from an
item of footwear but is in memory of Big
Josie, the erstwhile landlady of
the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
1973 and other odd evenings many years ago!
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