BB0813 :  What's It All About, Tony?

Wednesday 16th April 2008        

BOOTboys fame is slowly spreading!  

Two folk have contacted me in the last week. Steve, an exiled Lancastrian in Northampton, read the BB0812 Wet Wet Wet report about ten seconds after I had uploaded it and sent me some interesting information about Sleddale Hall being used as Monty's Holiday Home.  To find out more see Sleddale Hall.  

Steve was able to provide another Big Josie story:
Roll Up, Roll Up, Come and see the Fat Girl!

He also reminded me of the delights of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls. Further research revealed that Uncle Joe now has his own dedicated website, complete with lyrics.

Keep you all aglow!

Then Ann from Keswick contacted me, not in connection with BOOTboys but in relation to an article on about Natlanders accept the Wainwright Challenge to which Ann had put a link on her website Mad About Mountains following her ascent of Potter Fell.  I sent her the links to the two BOOTboys blogs of Potter Fell, BB0510 and BB0633

Ann's website contains many splendid photos and an admirably catalogued cross reference of her Wainwright walks and much, much more.  This motivated me to cross reference the Ws on our Wainwrights spreadsheet to the BOOTboys outings, a process which I started and then managed to lose all my input! I have now completed it for the 214 peaks in the main listings (being utterly confused in the process by Wansfell having been listed under its other name of Baystones) and will, in due course, cross reference our other outings.

I can now announce that the total number of Wainwrights not yet visited by BOOTboys is:


And the name of the BOOTboys most visited peak.

In joint second place, with four visits each are:  

Fairfield, Hart Crag, Harter Fell and Thornthwaite Crag.  

But the clear winner, with six visits is.......

Click to find out!  































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2008 Outings

BB0801 : Avoiding the Graupel;  
16 January

BB0802 : Lyth in the Old Dogs; 22 January

BB0803 : That's Lyth;
27 January

BB0804 : Tony's Memory Lane;
30th January

BB0805 : Fell's Belles!  Thank You Mells?  
6th February

BB0806 : The Langdale Skyline and a Fell Race!
13th February

BB0807a: An Outbreak of Common Sense;
21st February 2008

BB0807b: Askham Fell and  the Lowther Estate;   
13th March 2008

BB0808 : Thanks to the MWIS
19th March 2008

BB0809 :  High Street and Kidsty Pike but no Fairy
28th March 2008

BB0810 :  Prelude to Spring
2nd April 2008

BB0811 :  Spring in Lakeland
6th April 2008

BB0812 :  Wet, Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
Thursday 10th April 2008 

BB0813 :  What's It All About, Tony?
Thursday 17th April 2008 

BB0814 :  The Hidden Mountain
Tuesday 22nd April 2008 

BB0815 :  The Bowland CROW
Thursday 1st May 2008

BB0816 :  High Cup Nick:
The Gurt La'al Canyon
Wednesday 7th May 2008

BB0817 :  Travelling Light
Wednesday 14th May 2008


BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda  
23rd February - 1st March



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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!


BOOT boys

This page describes an 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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