: This Is The Way The
7th October 2010
last. A favourable weather forecast for us to
finish off the Wainwrights. Just Lingmell and
Scafell Pike needed. Actually, Stan had climbed
Scafell Pike not that long ago with his son but had
kindly chosen not to register the fact so that we could
finish the Wainwrights together. Bryan, fresh
from his own completion epic (BB1035) was keeping
was a lovely morning in Kendal but we were expecting
morning cloud and strong winds. As usual, I had
a dilemma as to what to wear. As usual, I decided
to take more than I needed. And then to stick
an extra fleece in, just in case.
down into Borrowdale we could see the cloud over the
higher tops. It was no better when we parked at
Seathwaite. But we had every confidence that this
was the day.
on the tops beyond Seathwaite
plan was to go up the right hand side of Taylorgill
Force- thatís the slightly scary side- to Sty Head Tarn
then pick up the Corridor Route up to Lingmell Fell.
As we passed Sty Head Tarn, I wondered if that
was where Jamie and I had camped along with Mike and
Sam on our previous assault on the Pike, twenty years
ago? It was either there or Sprinkling Tarn. Or
just possibly Angle Tarn. What I do remember is
having to put our little Westie, Biggles, into the rucksac
as we returned via the Corridor Route, fearful that
otherwise he might be lost down a ravine.
back at Sty Head Tarn
Rescue Stretcher Box
passed the Mountain Rescue stretcher box and then
made our way over to the Corridor Route. Bryan
seemed to have recovered from his ankle stain incurred
whilst running. Stan,
having started slowly, as is the norm, was going like
stink. Or was I just going slowly? I certainly
didnít feel on top climbing form. We could see
Lingmell clearly cloud free but the Pike remained covered.
corridor route climbs left to right to Lingmell Col
Gable from near the top of Greta Gill
Gable across tarn at Middleboots Knotts
across the col
duly reached the col and turned right for the brief
climb to the summit of Lingmell. This was a poignant
moment for me for it was here that Margaretís cousin
Ian had his tragic accident. I donít know exactly
where it happened but the cliffs are sheer and anyone
going over has no chance. I kept well away from
the edge, even though it is an exellent viewpoint.
Gable round to Scafell Pike from Lingmell
Gill Head round to Great Gable from Lingmell
our steps we returned to the col and started the final
assault. As the forecasters had promised, the
cloud was clearing. I didnít exactly find it hard
going, but I could not keep up with the flying Stanley.
The steepness was just beyond my optimum pitch
and even though I tried a blast of Cwm Rhondda and my
other climbing songs, today I was not the relentless
climbing machine that I sometimes feel myself to be.
It was only when the gradient eased and I realised
that the top that I could see must be the real and not
a false summit, that I found an extra spurt of energy.
the top, congratulations were exchanged and I couldnít
help thinking of a plagiarisation of T S Elliotís The
is the way the Wainwrights end
is the way the Wainwrights end
is the was the Wainwrights end
with a bang
with a Whymper (!)
then, with what?
actually, with a Wainwright.
be more precise, with a bottle of Thwaiteís ďexquisitely lovelyĒ Wainwright
golden ale that Bryan had thoughtfully carried in his
rucksac to present to us to mark our achievement. And
whatís more, he had remembered his Swiss Army Knife
with which to open it.
I must say, it did taste
from the Pike
befits Englandís highest point, it was quite busy up
there, despite being cold, albeit now sunny, and there
was a ferocious wind blowing. We were comfortable
in the shelter where we took lunch but on emerging felt
the full blast. Visibility, however, was very
area is littered with millions of boulders of all size
and you have to be careful to avoid spraining an ankle.
the boulder field
What afflicted me was rather different. On
our way over to Broad Crag, I suddenly seized with cramp
in the front and back of my upper thigh. Not too
painful until I tried to walk. I must admit I
was half worried and half looking forward to travelling
in a helicopter but Bryan, whose motto is that no matter
what happens you should get yourself off the mountain,
taught me a cramp relieving technique that was counter
intuitive but actually worked- one he had worked out
for himself when similarly afflicted on a mountain marathon
fell run. To my amazement, five minutes later,
I was going better than at anytime in the day.
Gable and Great End from Broad Crag
Pike and Broad Crag from Ill Crag
took in the minor summit of Ill Crag and then, in conditions
rather different to our previous visit, BB1010,
when we were knee deep in snow, added
another Wainwright- Great End.
To some, the name
could signify a logical place to conclude their cycle.
To us, it
presents a dilemma.
Should it be the
first of a new round (only 213 more to go)?
should it just be regarded as having visited an interesting
viewpoint after the main event?
Time will tell!
Pike, Bowfell and the Crinkles from near Great End
Crag, Scafell Pike, and Lingmell from Great End
way back was down Ruddy Gill in glorious afternoon sun.
Gable and Sprinkling Tarn from Esk Hause
Gill with Skiddaw behind
I was going well but could feel a tightening in my left
calf. I was confident it would not materialise
into anything more serious. But then I leapt from
a bridge up onto a rock and realised I was wrong. Another
Fortunately it quickly cleared and
I could once again set off at a decent pace, too fast
according to Stan, back down to the rather fine Stockley
back up Stockley Beck
at Seathwaite there
was a present for Margaret- a fine display of washing.
had been a superb way to finish our mission.
what now for the BOOTboys?
7th October 2010
The Mountain Rescue Stretcher Box
or maybe it was Bryan, mentioned as we approached the
box that he had seen people bivouacing underneath it.
who lives in the village and is rapidly approaching
his completion of the Wainwrights, related a story told
to him by a friend that goes rather further:
members of Ambleside Mountain Rescue team were, allegedly,
out walking one wild and stormy evening and as the weather
rapidly worsened they decided to climb into the Sty
Head box for shelter. In those days the box just
had the words "Mountain Rescue" on the side..
Snug inside their box they slept fitfully until
5 a.m. when there was a loud banging on the lid. Outside,
two bedraggled walkers had been struggling through atrocious
conditions all night until coming on the box labelled
Mountain Rescue they hoped to find some food, torches
and emergency blankets inside. Instead, the lid was
opened up just a wee crack and a voice from the dark
inside said "Go away, the Mountain Rescue doesn't
open 'til 9am!"
climbed in feet:
Scafell Pike, Great End-
& Stan: 0
& Stan: 213!
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