Third (and wettest) Alfie
30th July 2008
strange how a short walk in the middle of summer should
prove to be one of our most challenging.
reality, the summer weather lasted three days and that was
two longer than had been forecast. Consequently
the Scafell Pike trip had to be postponed yet again.
Tony decided to take the day off to do some painting
and decorating but I phoned him late last night to explain
that firstly, that was not allowed; secondly, the weather
forecast was for the rain to be focused on the western
part of the Lake District leaving the eastern side relatively
dry, and thirdly, we had a short route planned over
Harstop above How that would complete Wainwright’s Eastern
Fells for him. With the prospect of a third Alfie,
he relented. However, as we were driving over
the Kirkstone Pass in the pouring rain, cursing the
forecasters, we very nearly turned round. All
four of us seriously contemplated exchanging today’s
outing for several hours with Tony’s paint and brush
above How with Dovedale to the left
above How is the ridge that runs above the
western side of Brothers Water and leads
on to Hart Crag.
the weather, we decided on a quick up and
down- no need for Hart Crag- been there,
done that previously.
was damp but not atrocious as we made the
steep ascent from the Cow Bridge car park
through Low Wood to get out onto the ridge.
were good views to the cloud-laden hills.
Fell in cloud
Craggs and Grey Cragg
Water comes into view
celebrates his 3rd Alfie
we got higher, the rain set in with a vengeance
and the wind picked up, gusting strongly
at times. Key decsions had to be made about
levels of protection. Tony went for the
full works. The rest of us decided
to brave it out in shorts.
the mist, each new false summit loomed hugely
but succumbed easily.
Tony's missing peak was completed as we
ran out of ridge summits. Shorts
wet by now, we decided to return the way
we had come.
that Stan pointed out that we were not far
from Hart Crag and it would be more interesting
to carry on to the top and descend by the
path to Dovedale.
was far from certain about this but I recalled it from
when Stan had taken Pete and me up that way. I
knew it was an extremely well made construction and
would make for safe descent even in poor conditions.
Bryan thought it would be more interesting to
contour round to pick up the path at a lower point,
rather than climb to the top of Hart Crag.
was very poor and there were steep drops to the valley. However
were learned from last week and, this time, the map came out with the intention
of marking our position and taking a bearing. I
was somewhat worried as water had got into the plastic
wallet in which I had put the map print-out and part
of the fells had been washed away. Fortunately,
the bit we wanted was still there. This week’s
learning point- use sealable freezer bags from Lakeland
Limited to keep the map dry.
ensured that we cleared the top of Black Crag to
more level ground
and then contoured round the valley head to try and find the
path. I found this hard going- traversing the
steep slope on very uneven ground was playing havoc
with my left ankle. We had to cross a
rocky stream but my boots (which I had forgotten to
dubbin) were already soaked so wading was no problem.
There was one anxious moment when Stan decided
to descend out of sight to where he thought the path
was. Bryan led Tony and I on a few more yards
and there it was. Fortunately Stan was waiting
for us a bit further down. It was an excellent
piece of navigation in conditions where it would be
easy to get lost and into serious trouble.
all this excitement, lunch was called for
and the steps doubled nicely as seats. We
were out of the wind and the rain had eased
off so it was almost quite pleasant.
we had company. Three men working
their way gingerly down the hill- the third
finding it extremely challenging, mainly
because on his top he just had a fleece
and, worse, he was stupidly wearing jeans
that had become sodden, heavy and cold.
He would have done better to have
taken them off. The three of us that
were bare-legged were in much better shape!
stop team photo
and up Dovedale
is a lovely curving valley and as we dropped out of
the mist we could better appreciate its charms. Near
the bottom, Tony spotted this week’s Wildlife Feature-
red coloured maggots, dead, abandoned near a gate, no
doubt by some fisherman.
here it was a pleasant stroll back along the side of
Brothers Water back to the car and the luxury (for those
in the front) of heated seats to dry very wet bottoms.
the conditions, it has to be said that it was preferable
to several hours of painting Tony's walls!
30th July 2008
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- BB0801 :
Avoiding the Graupel;
- BB0802 :
Lyth in the Old Dogs;
Tuesday 22 January
Sunday 27 January
Tony's Memory Lane;
Wednesday 30th January
Thank You Mells
The Langdale Skyline
and a Fell Race!
An Outbreak of Common Sense;
Thursday 21st February
Askham Fell and
the Lowther Estate;
Thanks to the MWIS
Wednesday 19th March
High Street and Kidsty Pike
but no Fairy
Prelude to Spring
Wednesday 2nd April
Spring in Lakeland
Wet, Wet Sleddale to Mosedale Cottage
What's It All About, Tony?
The Hidden Mountain
The Bowland CROW
High Cup Nick:
The Gurt La'al Canyon
The Northern Tip
The Bannisdale Horseshoe
Black, White or Grey Combe?
Thunder on the 555
We'll Give It Five
Thursday 10th July
Shelters from the Storm
The Big Wind-Up
Third (and wettest) Alfie
A Visit to Mud Hall
- BB0828 :
The Tale of Randy Gill
: Mosedale Cottage Revisited
- BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
23rd February - 1st March
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been done by which BOOTboy
in the "modern" era, i.e. since the advent
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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!
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