: Little To Be Said In Favour?
6th August 2009
can be said in favour of the obvious route along the
what AW said about the ascent of Harter Fell from the top
of Hardknott Pass, conveniently ignoring the fact that
it saves you about 1,000 feet of climbing from the valley
a normal day that might not have mattered but these
things are important when one of your number has been
laid low with food poisoning, another has been rendered
less efficient than usual in the energy department due
to a change in his medication that has not yet stabilised
and two others have had knee problems.
Fell from Cockley Beck
And I haven’t
even mentioned yet that the fifth member of the quintet
was making his comeback following the implantation of
stents; so severe had his angina been on his previous
that, not mentioned in these reports, we had not been
confident of getting him off the hills alive.
it was Tony’s comeback walk and we had promised him
a not too strenuous outing with options but with the
added merit of completing one or more Wainwrights that
we had not previously conquered.
Fell to the right, the Coniston range to the left, swampy
ridge in the foreground
assails the unassailable
old man was right about the swampiness but the climb
up Harter Fell was otherwise unchallenging and good
progress was made by all. The challenge lay at
the summit. Although not as formidable as the Howitzer
the true top, as opposed to the trig-pointed top, is
a miniature rock fortress.
went for the supposedly “unassailable” ascent whereas
I led the approach hinted at by AW using the “breach”
on the eastern side. In fact, that way was an
easy scramble. Not content with having also descended
by the same unassailable route, Stan then found an even
harder direct route to overcome. He invited Bryan,
who has been taking climbing lessons in the local gymnasium,
to join him but Bryan explained that he was not yet
licensed to climb outdoors. I wish I had thought
of that line!
looking down to Mediobogdum,
the Roman Fort on Hardknott Pass, we
took a long and very early lunch out of the breeze just
below the summit and then offered Tony options. To
cut and run or to press on and add Green Crag, which
we could see in the distance, to our achievements. He
chose the latter.
Crag across the swamp, Dow Crag to the right
were two possible lines of attack. The direct
route across what looked a huge boggy area or what we
hoped would be a firmer albeit slightly longer route
up the slopes to the right. We chose the latter.
first we had to get down Harter Fell. The latter
stages took us knee deep in bracken on steep and very
rocky terrain. Good breeding ground for tics but
fortunately we escaped tic-free and all bones intact.
Fell with Scawfells behind from Dow Crag
the ascent of Dow Crag (not THE Dow Crag of last week’s
which we could see on the other side of Dunnerdale)
was not through somewhat damp underfoot conditions in
which the frogs were croaking with joy, it was via deep
heather. Hard going requiring feet to be picked
up high like a Lippizaner Horse. This led us just
below the ridge line to another boggy area, on the other
side of which lay the Green Crag summit.
Crag across the swamp
ligging in the sun
with success, we lingered a long while here. Probably
too long. There were superb views in all directions.
The sun was shining, and, as they say in Westmorland,
we ligged out to take full advantage. It was an
idyllic three quarters of an hour!.
panorama from Green Crag
We anticipated an easy return to the car. Wrong!
we had to cross the huge swampy plain to reach the forestry
way back across the swamp to the plantation
Next, we had to negotiate the plantation
itself, which was in the process of conversion from
coniferous to deciduous trees and as such there was
much old fir debris to clamber over between the new
plantings until we found the path. Then the path
climbed rather more than we had anticipated before turning
into an easy track that led us down to just above the
welcome easy track....
then back to coniferous debris!
Things turned nasty again with a steep climb part way
up the hill. By now, Tony was really starting
to feel the pain but, thank goodness, in his knees not
his chest. That’s ok, it is just lack of match
fitness. I don’t think he totally enjoyed the
last couple of miles as we made our way back over to
the car at the top of Hardknott Pass. It had been
a rather more strenuous outing than we had envisaged
due to the poor conditions under foot but he had passed
the test magnificently.
triumphant return to the car
ancestor woz 'ere
was a long, albeit spectacular, drive home down Harknott
Pass, over Wrynose Pass and through Little Langdale.
The roads are very narrow and winding, often extremely steep
and there was a remarkable amount of traffic coming
the other way causing regular pullings-in and occasional
reverses. We passed the Three Shires Inn where
Tony's wife Pat's ancestor had been the first publican,
his initials having been engraved in a commemorative stone.
It was too late to call in to pay our respects.
In fact, for
a relatively short walk, it was a very late return to
Kendal but a grand, if surprisingly arduous, day out
with a lot to be said in its favour, Alfred.
6th August 2009
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Fell, Green Crag
Pete, Stan, Tony
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: A Wicked Hike???
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: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
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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
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: 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
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: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
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: 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
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