: John's Comeback
6th April 2009
far as I can recall, this must be the shortest BOOTboys
outing on record. John even suggested that it
might more properly be described as a slipper stroll.
No way. Perhaps the other John, (S), had
it right when he described the plan as BOOTboys
LITE before disappearing off to his native sod
in order to avoid having to join us. Whatever, today was a significant event and
a not insignificant climb.
those who do not know him, I need to add some background.
John L is a powerfully built man. In his
youth he played a lot of rugby at a serious level, mainly
at full back because, he says, you could hurt people
there, legitimately! However, this and other activities
took its toll on his body. John was a founder
member of BOOTboys
but became increasingly distressed with descending.
His last outing was on 6th April 2006- BB0606
A Bit on the Side......-
not long after which he went under the knife to receive
a new knee. Sadly, it went wrong, thanks to a
deep infection in the joint. After many months
of frustration and pain, the surgeons had another go-
taking the new joint apart for deep cleansing then rebuilding
it with even more titanium. This time the operation
was a success and John has diligently been following
his physiotherapy programme to regain his strength and
fitness. Regular readers may have read of his
efforts on the Comeback Trail in CBT01
: Helm, direttissimo and CBT02
: Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
time ago, John set 6th April as his target date to tackle
a real hill and his objective was Side Pike, three years
to the day from his last BOOTboys
experience and the same destination.
was not because of lack of faith in John but as a precaution
that I asked for as many support crew as possible- he
is a big lad to carry off the hill!
founder members Pete
and Stan answered the call.
Pike from Langdale
Pike from the Bela Tarn road
minimise the road slog we parked at Blea Tarn and took
the path up from the high point of the pass. After
last week’s photographic extravaganza in more or less
the same locality, I had vowed not to take any panoramic
shots today but John insisted that I record the Oxendale
and Mickleden view so how could I refuse?
short climb Side Pike might be, but there
is no doubt it is a real hill in miniature.
The terrain is often rocky and at
many points almost a scramble. For
a man with two sticks and a newly acquired
bionic knee, it was an awkward test, to
say the least.
he made steady progress and comfortably
achieved the summit. Indeed you can tell
from comparing the team photos that he was
in much better shape than three years go.
Flushed with success, he even suggested
that we carry on to Lingmoor Fell but the
rush of blood subsided and common sense
returned. One victory at a time.
powering up the hill
photo 6th April 2006
photo 6th April 2009
pioneered a new route down, rather grassier than the
ascent but, if anything, steeper. Lunch was taken at
11:55 (that will upset Tony) overlooking Blea Tarn.
We then completed the descent and circumnavigated
Tarn from lunch stop
o'Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Side Pike
accomplished, we stopped off at the Three Shires Inn
on the way back to celebrate. Welcome back, John.
6th April 2009
is it that other folk's misfortune often
provokes a reaction of laughter? It
seems an integral part of the human condition,
which goes part way to proving that, contrary
to the view of some who knew him in his
working life, Pete is human. My first
attempt at a team picture ended with me
getting tangled up with my camera strap
as I tried to dash back to get in the frame.
I quite failed to make it but did
capture the look on Pete's face!
6th April 2009
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: A Gordon Day Out
: Thank You,
Wednesday 14th January
: A Wicked Hike???
: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
(but Uncle Monty Can Not)
Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
28th May - 2nd June
: Has Anyone Seen Lily?
Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
- BB0921 :
The Tebay Fell Race Walk
: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
Friday 11th September
: An Ard Day's Hike
Thursday 17th September
A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
Sunday 27th September
- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
- BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
Thursday 22nd October
: A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
: Los Chicos
y las Chicas de la Bota
11th - 14th May
: Peaked Too Soon
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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!