: One Hundred and Onesfell
29th December 2009
only one hundred and forty two feet needed to achieve
my hundred thousand feet ambition for the BOOTboys
year and two outings left to get them, things were looking
then the erstwhile penultimate expedition had to be
cancelled due to the biggest snowfall in many years
causing chaos on the streets of Kendal and elsewhere
in the Lake District. For a photo record of the
snow locally see Natland.info
was the last chance. The snow remained compacted
on the side roads. Tony and Stan were still more
or less blocked in and opted out. Bryan and Martin
could just about get out. Ian had come up from
Cheshire to stay with his in-laws in Windermere but,
without his Landrover, might not have made it.
had been glorious. Very cold and hardly a cloud
in the sky. We had a dream, were the day to be
repeated, of a snowfest on Helvellyn, repeating much
of the route of BB0908.
Sadly, however, the forecast deteriorated and there
were predictions of gales exceeding 65 mph on the fell
tops and warnings of extreme difficulty in walking on
frozen ice in such conditions.
prevailed and we sought a lower and less exposed target.
We contemplated the Kentmere hills but doubted
that we would be able to drive up the valley so selected
Wansfell. The road to Ambleside would be open
and a short walk could be rewarded with an end of year
had a bit of luck in the car park. There was a
man opening the ticket machine (seemingly legitimately
as he had a key) and although I had five shiny one pound
coins in my hand, he said parking was free today. Donít
know why but I wasnít going to argue.
we set, up the back roads of Ambleside and out into
the snow covered fields. It was a grey day but not too
cold and good visibility.
back to Silver How and beyond
ground became steeper and icier and we decided to stop
to put on crampons- Martin and Ian were using the wonderful
Grivel Spider instep crampons. Bryan and I had
opted for full crampons- indeed I was giving the first
outing to the winter boots and crampons I had bought
on e-bay as reported back in BB0909.
fits his Grivel Spiders
something of an experiment, I was full of confidence
that I would romp up the hill.
can't blame the crampons. They worked fine. I
donít know what was the matter but my performance on
the climb was the worst of the year. I expected
Bryan to go well and I knew that Martin was very fit
from his mountain biking but I was confident that I
would leave Ian in my wake. After all, I was at
least ninety thousand feet ahead of him this year. But
the sneaky man had been in training on a rowing machine
and he showed none of the lack of fitness that we had
seen last time he was out.
the other had, I was struggling. It felt like
the hundred thousand feet had been climbed just this
morning and I was out of energy and suffering from altitude
sickness. In reality, I think it was the combination
of Wansfell being quite a steep little hill (see BB0703
for previous comments on its steepness), the effort
of kicking steps in snow plus the after-effects of Christmas.
I least I hope that is what it was.
one else seemed to have any problems. The hill
was busy with lots of folk making a quick ascent and
then returning back down to the pub for lunch. But
they were young!!
didnít get much better on top. Whilst the day
trippers were retreating directly to Ambleside, we were
on a mission and left the crowds in order carry on along
the ridge. Good King Wenceslas would not have liked
it. Deep it was, but not crisp and even. One step
would hold firm. The next might sink three or
four inches and the one after - you could be in up to
your knee. Add to this the evidence that the forecast
65 mph gales was not inaccurate- a very cold and strong
north easterly head wind whipping up snow- and making
progress, or at least my progress, became very difficult.
I was relieved when Bryan called a very early
lunch stop, partially sheltered in a dip and by a wall.
stop view of Windermere
to the southeast was also a challenge, due to the uneven
texture of the snow on steep ground but eventually we
reached the relative evenness of the Hundreds Road.
We rejoined the human race at Robin Lane and followed
the crowds along the bridle path that traverses the
hill, stopping for a coffee break at the Jenkins Crag
from near Jenkins Crag
removed perhaps a tad too early, we picked our way through
the ice down to Ambleside and the car park. I
was relieved to see that there was no parking ticket
on the car. Thank you Ambleside for a freebie!
last part of our objective was achieved at the Sun Inn
at Troutbeck Bridge. I had some doubts as to whether
it would be open as an overflowing beck had invaded
it during the recent floods. However, normal service
had been resumed and we ended the year in traditional
style. I was celebrating my 101,428 feet even
though part of me was still distressed by my worst physical
performance for a long time. Must get back into
shape for next year!
29th December 2009
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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
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: 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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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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