BB0731 Another Gray Day

Thursday 18th October 2007

It didnít start out a gray day.  In fact it was arguably the best morning of the BB year so far.  Overnight frost on the car and a sparkling sun in a virtually clear sky.

Bryan and I met up at Kendal Green with Ian and Sam, who were making guest appearances. We had a somewhat delayed start as Samís car first had to be taken to a remarkable garage hidden away at Hall House Industrial Estate on the way to Sedbergh. I remember there used to be someone there who collected tanks.  However whilst there were some military vehicles to be seen, there were no tanks to be seen today!

Consequently, it was nearing 11 a.m. before we left the Hartsop car park with GrAy Crag as our initial objective (as I needed it for my collection).  No sooner had we set off, than we were overtaken by a slip of a girl, running.  Bryan had his Walshs on so we detailed him to catch her.  However he declined, suggesting that it was me who didnít like to be overtaken.  I explained that I was much more mature these days and perhaps it would have been a job for Stan had he been with us but as it wasnít, we let the opportunity pass.


Fairfield and Helvellyn from Gray Crag

Team picture on Gray Crag

We tackled Gray Crag by the nose.  It was steep going, with Ian and I making frequent use of JPL devices- photos, consulting maps, changing clothes, adjusting poles etc.- to keep the other two fitties in check.

The views were superb and extensive. Once on the top, it is a pleasant ridge walk to the summit and from there to Thornthwaite Crag.  

We had a good view of Hayeswater and then Gardiner's Grind (see BB0603) as we approached!

Thornthwaite Crag with Gardiner's Grind to the left and Windermere in the distance

At the Beacon, just before one oíclock, we had lunch.  So did a surprisingly large number of others.  The sun was shining and when the breeze dropped it was quite warm. It was almost hot enough for a snooze- a novel experience this year.  Even when the sun has shone there has normally been a cold, strong wind.  However it started to cloud over, becoming increasingly gray, so we decided to press on.

Thornthwiate Beacon with Great Gable in the Gap

The view back to Hayeswater

We chose the Roman Road, thereby by-passing the summit of High Street, and then branched left to take the summit of The Knott.  We looked long and hard at The Nab- it was tempting to knock it off plus Beda Fell so I could collect my first AW badge but decided to leave them for a book-completing team event via a cunning route that Bryan is plotting.  This may yet prove to be controversial as The Nab is a protected deer park and it was possible to hear them calling, perhaps issuing us with a challenge?

Rest Dodd and the Nab

Fairfield and Helvellyn from a Brock Crag mini tarn

Angle Tarn and Pikes

Gray Crag nose

From The Knott we took the long traverse to Brock Crags and then a fast direttissimo descent towards the valley.  Two thirds of the way down, the sun reappeared so we had a coffee stop looking across to Hartsop Dodd and up the valley to Gray Crag.  I could not help thinking that one of the consequences of working our way through the Ws was the thought "Thank goodness I don't have to go up there again!"

On restarting, we picked up the track that leads down through woodland then goes disconcertingly away from Hartsop towards Patterdale before doubling back to the car. As Bryan observed, we had our customary evening sunshine.  'Twas a gray day no more.

Don, 18th October 2007

Distance: 8.4 miles  (Garmin / Memory Map)

Height climbed: 2,887 feet (Anquet)

Wainwrights:  Gray Crag, The Knott, Brock Crags

For the latest totals of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fell Book Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.

If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!




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Bryan has kindly produced a log of which Wainwrights have been done by which Bootboy in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent of Bootboys.  

To download the Excel file click on Wainwrights.  

If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!


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This page describes a 2007 adventure of BOOTboys, a loose group of friends of mature years who enjoy defying the aging 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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