: A Return To Sanity?
14th October 2010
Return To Sanity was what Tony requested after
the recent relentless pursuits of Wainwrights and the
thought motivated other old friends to join us. Tony
then rather undermine his request by reminding me the
he still had quite a few of his own to complete. However,
they are all at the other side of the Lake District
and time constraints were against us at both ends, what
with Pete travelling up from Cheshire, Philip's school
run and Stan having evening commitments. Consequently,
I decided to see which of the local Wainwrights had
been least visited and come up with the surprising answer
of Angletarn Pikes. Surprising, as I have been
by Angle Tarn itself (the one near Patterdale) several
times but only once have I detoured to visit the Pike.
To my mind, this fitted ideally with the Return to Sanity
concept as it would be a rather gentler walk than some
of recent times plus Angle Tarn is one of my favourite
places and the scene of my all time favourite Lake District
photograph, taken as the ice was cracking on BB0605.
i.e. mine, was very much in question this morning, however,
as I prepared for the day. Firstly, when making
the coffee for my flask, I discovered on opening the
microwave door that I had heated the bottle of milk
that should have been put back in the fridge- the mug
of milk that should have had the treatement still stood
on the ktichen worksurface. Then, when I printed
off the maps of the intended route, I forgot that the
printer was loaded with photographic paper, so if anyone
wants high quality 4" x 6" souvenir pictures
of the OS map, let me know.
I got myself sorted out and picked up the team to take
them to Hartsop. To my surpirse, the parking area
was almost full- the hunt was on the fells. We
could hear the hounds in the distance throughout the
day but saw no more than the odd dog.
was damp in the air when we started out and it looked
as if we would be heading into the cloud. But,
as we climbed up past Hayewswater, it began to lift
and by the time we reached the top of Rest Dodd it was
a beautifully atmospheric day.
Crag and Threshwaite Cove
from the dam
from halfway up Rest Dodd
south-west from Rest Dodd
north from Rest Dodd
Tarn from Rest Dodd
Pikes from Rest Dodd
and Striding Edge from Rest Dodd
was starting to grey over when we stopped for lunch
at Brock Crags. Soon a strong wind arose and it
became quite chilly.
Crags and Hayeswater from near Brock Crags
Tarn from Brock Crags
Tarn with Helvellyn range bhind
passing round the delightful Angle Tarn, we took in
Angletarn Pikes then made our way back to Hartsop.
Water to Ullswater from Angletarn Pikes
Dodd and Brothers Water from just above Hartsop
previous occasions we have had a bit of a problem on
this path and taken too low a route in one section,
leading to a nasty little climb to rectify the error.
So when we came to what I thought was the choice point,
I led the party up the high road- a punishingly viscious
climb for that time of day- only for Stan to point out
that we had come too far up and corrective action downwards
was needed to regain the proper path.
and his speciality
boys. More lack of sanity on my part.
journey home was notable for a brilliant
example of Philip's speciality:
to fall asleep in a moving vehicle in the
shortest possible time.
is a master at it.
took him about 100 yards.
again, that is real sanity for you.
14th October 2010
the Afternote to BB1037 about The Mountain Rescue Stretcher Box,
I mentioned that Guy
was rapily approaching the completion of his Wainwrights.
I am pleased to report tht he finished them off
on Monday. He commented:
amazingly, on a good sunny day, I was, for a while,
the only person at the top of Scafell Pike. Which
was a bit unreal considering it is often quite quite
did wonder how far down I would have to go to be able
to then return to the top and claim it as the first
of the next 214!
say it was a good sunny day, and it was on the tops.
But when I drove over to Little Langdale in clear
blue skies, there was an avalanche of cloud spilling
over the top of Wrynose pass. West of the Three
Shire Stone, it was thick cloud right down to sea level.
I set off walking from Cockley Beck in poor visibility
and had to walk on compass bearings cross country to
find my way to Slight Side. It was only in the last
100 feet or so that I suddenly broke through into bright
sunshine with the cloud tops spread out like a duvet
all around with just the peaks poking through. Very
climbed in feet:
Dodd, Brock Crags, Angletarn Pikes
Don, Pete, Philip, Tony, Stan
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the route in detail by downloading BB1038
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