The Beginning Of The End
11th March 2010
imagine. You wake up early on a beautiful clear
day after a very cold night. You go downstairs,
look out the kitchen window and see that the sheets
have been left on the washing line over night. They
have been frosted but the sun is belting down on them
from a cloudless sky. What do you do?
how nice, they will soon be dry again and will have
that delightful fresh air country smell on them?
beautiful frosty morning is an invitation to a farmer
to indulge his favourite past time: muck spreading.
enough, I looked into the field and there was the spreading
machine just about to fire up. That unforgettable,
real country smell would be unleashed in no time at
all. Fortunately, even I can now identify when it is
the right time to bring in the washing in such circumstances.
As quickly as possible!
beauty of the morning lasted through our drive down
the Langdale Valley, past several farms where like minded
farmers were in action, to the Old Dungeon Ghyll car
park and continued part way up the long walk-in that
is Mickleden. Then, sadly, it started to cloud
to the left, Mickleden to the right, Crinkles and Bowfell
first objective was Angle Tarn via Rossett Gill. I
havenít been up that way since school days but have
been down it in recent times (BB0931
being the most recent) and seen many folk struggling
up what seemed a steep and arduous path.
on. Isn't that more or less what I said last week
about the Coniston Old Man tourist route?
but even truer! And longer!
the snow line on Rossett Gill
back down to Langdale
Tarn was well above the snow line. Frozen, you
could see footprints where some brave or foolish person
had ventured across the water. No chance for Graham,
had he with us today, to go skinny dipping as he did
found us a good shelter from the cold wind and just
as we settled down for lunch, the sun came out once
scenery was stunning, with Bowfell's Hanging Knotts
and Esk Pike across the tarn and Great End peeping above
Esk Hause. Bryan declared it the finest lunch
stop in BOOTboys
history. Sadly the sunshine didnít last.
Tarn, Hanging Knotts, behind
once, we had different agendas post lunch.
had been champing at the proverbial bit to get back
on the Wainwright trail so that he and I can achieve
our objective of finishing them off as soon as possible.
It is over four months since we last made
inroads into the outstanding list (BB0935),
reducing the deficit to 38, and he was anxious to take
advantage of the conditions and bag Great End.
so was I once I realised that it need not be thought
of as just the end of the Scafell Pike ridge but a mountain
in its own right. In fact, not just any old mountain,
but, at 2,986 feet, Englandís fifth highest.
End peeps over Esk Hause
and Rossett Pike from Esk Hause
has been struggling a bit this year with a leg injury
and despite the close attention of Chantelle and Tracy
to his calf and thigh muscles, he had found the going
challenging. Bryan didnít need Great End so offered
to keep Tony company whilst Stan and I did a quick up
and down of our target.
was quite hard going up in the deep crusty topped snow.
However there were splendid views over to Scafell
and also the panorama round from Gable to Skiddaw.
End from Esk Hause
and Crinkle Crags to the left, Scafells to the right
and the coast
and round to Skiddaw
down was fun- galloping down across a virgin
returning to Angle Tarn we were puzzled
to find Tony in front of us but Bryan behind.
taken Tony as far as Tongue Head, Bryan
had sent him back the way he had come whilst
he had a brief exploration of Ore Gap- a
not recommended way down from Bowfell- and
then on a bit so that he could see the Scafells
behind Esk Pike.
they had witnessed the aftermath of a small avalanche.
was just above the point where Tony and
I stopped (Tongue Head) before he turned
back and I went up Ore Gap.
came from a small corrie which has a stream
coming from it - Grid reference 238 077.
by the consistency of the snow I would think
the avalanche had probably occured 2 or
3 days ago (the top layer had melted and
frozen after settling).
behind Esk Pike from near Ore Gap
we made our way back down the long, steep drop down
Rossett Gill and the long walk-out of Mickleden. There
was an unusual view of Pike o'Blisco and Cold Pike with
a semi circle of sheep in the foreground. We reached
the Old Dungeon Gill car park rather later than we had
o'Blisco, Cold Pike and the sheep semicircle
and I are back on track at last. Great End was
not just an End in its own right. With only 37 left
to complete, it represents for us, to reverse that Churchillian
phrase, not the End, nor the End of the Beginning but
the Beginning of the End.
End is in sight.
End is nigh!
just hope that it Ends Well with All Wel!
11th March 2010
Are there any one legged men out there in need of a
crampon? Tony lost one of his near Angle Tarn
so is now in a position to offer the remainder to any
mono interested in going out on ice.
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& Stan: 10.3 Bryan: 9.6, Tony: 8.2
climbed in feet:
& Stan: 3,123 Bryan: 2,823, Tony: 2,216
Don, Stan, Tony
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our route in detail by downloading BB1010.
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meanderings but use Tracklogs or other software then your logs can be converted
using the freeware utility GPS Babel."
For the latest totals of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells
Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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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!
As most live in South Lakeland, it is no surprise that
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 but is in memory of Big
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of new BOOTboys reports.
Thursday 14th January
A Snowy Equipment Test
Thursday 21st January
Leave It To The Professionals
Thursday 28th January
That's A Lyth Record
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February
In Memory Of
Almost a Mountaineer!
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March
The Free Men on Tuesday
We'll Get Them In Singles,
The Fools on the Hill
Saturday 30th January
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anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know
and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!