: A Bit of an Adventure
1st October 2009
you up for a bit of an adventure?
Bryan says things like that, whatever your heart says,
your head begins to worry.
all started because there were just the two of us today.
I checked the Wainwright list and found there
was one peak that Stan had done but I had not- Allen
Crags- so I put a route together that enabled me to
tick it off without involving any other tops that we
needed, such as Glaramara. The plan was first
to go up the Crinkles via the Red Tarn path, then over
Bowfell to Esk Pike and finish with a quick up and down
of Allen Crags before the long trail back to the car.
thought that too predictable, too touristy, too boring.
He had in mind a different way onto the Crinkles.
One that he had never tried but was sure would
“go”- a more or less direct ascent from Hell Gill.
I screamed inwardly whilst meekly saying “O.K.”
day could not be bettered for the time of year but the
road to Langdale was still corrupted by the roadworks
that seem to have been going on all year. The
convoy quad bike is still in operation. How long
does it take to lay a new pipeline?
convoy quad bike
adventure started a little sooner than expected.
parked my silver car in the Old Dungeon Ghyll National
Trust car park, opened the hatch back and stood at the
rear of the car putting on boots. Shortly afterwards
another silver car parked alongside and the occupants
did likewise. I didn’t see what happened next
as I was focused on tying my laces but was vaguely aware
of some banging and screaming in broad Australian. A
reversing campervan was attempting to crush a lady to
her rear bumper. By the time I looked up, she
had wriggled out of the way but the car kept on coming.
The campervan driver finally realised that something
was amiss when he was about an inch short of collision.
He climbed out, discovered how he had just missed
being indicted for manslaughter and was profusely apologetic.
He explained that he had our car in his mirror,
thought we were the silver car that was last in the
line and was reversing into the gap beside us, oblivious
to the fact that there was another car already in the
gap and a lady filling the space between his and her
vehicles. The reaction of her man proves that,
contrary to what some might think, Australian men can
be understanding and forgiving
Crags and Bowfell
over, we set off past Middle Fell Farm
with its pot plants and up Oxendale
but rather than take the Red Tarn route
we carried on to Hell Gill and into
the Green Hole area.
had a bit of a navigational problem
as the streams shown by the Ordnance
Survey didn’t correspond with what was
on the ground.
the Harveys map proved more accurate
and enabled us to find a way round High
Bleaberry Knott and the craggy buttresses
on to the top of the Crinkle Crag ridge.
back down Langdale
proved to be a steep climb on mostly grassy ground and
perhaps less of an adventure than Bryan might have liked,
but certainly a way that few people had attempted, judging
by the lack of evidence of footsteps.
struggling up the climb
the Crinkles, it was a different matter. It was
a busy day up there and into whom should we bump at
Shelter Crags but our Australian friends, she still
somewhat shaken by the experience.
Scafell Pike and Bowfell
and Scafell Pike
the climb up the Crinkles, the ascent of Bowfell was
straightforward- follow the well trodden and not too
at the top fo the Great Slab on Bowfell
to Windermere and beyond
took lunch up there, with fine views all round but particularly
of the Scafells.
Bowfell (Scafell behind)
easier was the drop to Ore Gap and ascent of Esk Pike
from whence we dropped down to Esk Hause. Here
Bryan pointed out the real and false Esk Hauses- the
latter having a cross shelter that is often wrongly
thought to be the real Esk Hause with disastrous navigational
consequences in mist.
false Esk Hause shelter
and Green Gable
Pike looked temptingly close and easy but it was not
on today’s agenda.
temptingly close Scafell Pike (left)
we performed the quick up and down of Allen Crags and
then set off on the four mile descent back to the car.
Crags panorama from Esk Hause
Tarn was quiet today- no naked Grahams as on BB0407.
and Esk Pike from Allen Crags.
quiet Angle Tarn
rock steps were hard on the feet but apart from a short
coffee stop below Rossett Pike, we covered the ground
at commendable pace, although not quite as fast as the
4 mph that the nutters that manage the Post Office think
that postmen should achieve whilst delivering their
from the coffee stop
the back of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel was a house
with some washing so a photo was duly taken for Margaret
although she will no doubt recognise the location and,
maybe, compare the actual garments with those in CW04!
we stood at the back of the car, hatch raised, who should
arrive but our Australian friends once again. I
think we had all had a bit of an adventure but, in her
case, not one that she would want to repeat!
1st October 2009
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1st October 2009
Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Allen Crags
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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!
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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, and certainly not from any skin head associations or other
type of social group,
but is in memory of
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the erstwhile Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale,
who enlivened Saint Patrick's Day
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: Thank You,
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: 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
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- BB0921 :
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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
- 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
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: Peaked Too Soon
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