: The Return of Uncle
5th August 2010
Met Office forecast was unusually precise:
There will be heavy showers over Skiddaw,
Blencathra and Great Gable.
we thought, that means Pike o’Blisco, Crinkle
Crags and Bowfell should be clear.
forecast was accurate but incomplete, as
we would find out!
the sort of weather Luca's Uncle Jamie didn't
want on his summer return from Crete!
with Uncle Jamie
like last year on BB0926:
Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
order to secure a parking place, given that it is high
season, we set off early and arrived at the old Dungeon
Ghyll National Trust car park before 9 a.m..
o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and The Band
may have avoided the crowds but the early morning drizzle
was still around. It did clear somewhat, however,
as we set off up the road to Little Langdale, from which
we picked up the Pike o’Blisco path.
and Stan on the Pike o'Blisco path, Langdales behind.
do like Po’B. It is a bit of a slog up by Redacre
Gill but the path has been excellently “fixed” with
properly laid stones- an example to other parts of the
Lake District where they have gone berserk in building
motorways with diggers. The upper part of the
hill consists of a series of short gullies that require
hands and, on a day like today, a certain amount of
care as the rocks were very slippery.
completing the climb, we dropped down to Red Tarn, passing
by an incongruous hut, constructed for the path fixers.
from Pike o'Blisco summitl
fixers' hut, Crnkles behind
we started on Crinkle Crags. I am never quite
sure how many Crinkles there are (I am told seven) and
whether we visited them all but there is no mistaking
the bad step on what I think is Crinkle two. This
is a gully with a big chock stone that prevents a direct
access forcing a wee bit of rock-climbing to the side.
On a fine day it is a bit of a challenge. However,
by now it was raining hard and it was a lot of a challenge.
then had our usual wander around Long Top in the mist
before determining the right route to complete the Crinkles.
After the last one (another little scramble),
whatever number it might be, we contemplated Bowfell.
We could see several people on the summit and
the weather had cleared. Should we press on? On
the horizon was another belt of rain so we decided to
have lunch instead, sheltered behind a very comfortable
Crinkles and Bowfell from Long Top
valley from the last Crinkle
back to Pike o'Blisco and some Crinkles
rain set in again so we curtailed lunch and opted to
return to the valley via the Band. There would have
been no fun climbing the 600 feet in the rain, wind
o'Blisco and some Crinkles from The Band
way down, it faired up again, so we stopped to complete
lunch. Had we gone just a few yards further we
would have found a very convenient memorial bench on
which to "Rest and remember the work of S H Hamer,
Secretary of the National Trust, 1911 - 1934."
And eat. As it was, we just used it for
a second team photo before reaching the valley at the
flower bedecked Stool End Farm.
and remember Jamie, Don, Bryan and Stan
course, as we drove home, the sun came out. But
then, the Met Office had told us that it would!
5th August 2010
climbed in feet:
o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags
& Stan: 6, Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Don, Jamie, Stan
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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
The Windmills on the Moor
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May
Red Screes and Sausages
The Mile High Club
What A Difference A Day Makes
Rendezvous on Haycock
The Men of Gragareth
The Smardale Round
Don't Shun The Shunner!
All Around the Edge
The Return of
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