Cancelled Day plus High Altitude Report
25th January 2007
Don, Philip and Robert away on high altitude training
in the Alps plus Stan and Tony allegedly prevented by car and
dogs respectively, Bryan was left to go solo. He reports:
The forecast was too good to miss (80% chance
of sunshine!), and with fresh snow on the tops and the potential for it all to
disappear again pretty quickly I decided to go for it.
The IT in question turned out to be a walk up the
Kirkstone Road for a mile then on the path up to the top of Red Screes. The road
proved to be the most difficult part of the day with frozen water on the steep
bits making forward progress without crampons pretty difficult at one
From the top of Red Screes I dropped down the ridge
to Middle Dodd (a Wainwright I hadn't done) and sat in the sunshine having lunch
photo at Middle Dodd Summit
from near Dove Crag
Then I decided to contour straight into Scandale
pass rather than re-ascend Red Screes which proved
to be interesting. It was pretty icy, particularly on the boulder patches, so a
bit of care was needed.
From Scandale I went up and around Little Hart Crag
and descended again, this time to High Hartsop Dodd (another Wainwright I
needed). The 500 feet of descent had to then be reversed and a further 500 feet
of climb had to be done to get me on to the Dove Crag ridge. Then it was a
pleasant descent down the High Pike / Low Pike side of the Fairfield Horseshoe
back to the car with the snow already beginning to melt quite
The GPS route tells me it was 11.8 miles and 4,245
feet of ascent.
25th January 2007
from the High Altitude Training Camp, Obergurgl
much snow and poor visibility, followed by masses of
snow and poor visibility, followed by an unexpectedly
good day and culminating with an exceptional day in
covering the Big
3 Rally circuit of 50 kms and 10,000 metres in
less than 4 hours!
28th January 2007
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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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