: Training For The Himalayas
map to take with us today? The OS 1:25k map? The
Harveys map with its simplified features as used by
fell runners? Or the new map based on "the
iconic work of Alfred Wainwright and Harry Beck, the draughtsman
for London Underground"?
of the Wainwrights are featured, plus three
long distance walks: the Coast to Coast,
the Dales Way and the Cumbria Way.
please don't use this as your only means
of finding your way round the fells. It
is designed to resemble the iconic London
Underground map with each "line"
corresponding to a Wainwright book. You
might have to wait a while for a train going
in your direction!
find out more, visit Tubular
the Wainwright Tube map would have been of no use at
all today as we were on a different network altogether!
Ingleborough was our destination and the only
detailed map I had for that area was the Harveys 1:25k
were in short supply this week and in the end, after
Tony dropped out in favour of his motor-bike, there was
only Bryan and me available on the Wednesday.
a result, I was
expecting to be pushed rather harder than
has generally been the case this year because Bryan is now in serious training
for his Himalayan expedition. This is not
his first visit to the Himalayas- he climbed to the
Everest base camp back in the 1970s. He is not
the only BOOTboy
to have visited Everest. Graham was there some thirteen years
ago and took these photos of a plane arriving at Lukla
and the view of Everest itself from just above Base
on the photos to help see things in better perspective!
will be aware of Lukla's reputation although I
think the runway has improved a little since 1998.
This is when being a Buddhist and believing in re-incarnation
can be an advantage! When I did it, I was sat
immediately behind one of the pilots, looking right
over his shoulder and couldn't believe what I was seeing
and where we were going to land.
you now know, I lived to tell the tale and to send you
trip, this time to the Annupurna region, starts in a few weeks, hopefully
after the monsoon season.
am pleased to report that our weather forecast for
did not include monsoons. Indeed it
was rather more promising than
on our previous four Ingleborough visits:
in mist and severe cold
in very thick mist (after going down the cave)
in a biting cold wind
in deep, almost Himalayan, snow
contrast to past experiences, we were led to expect
an unseasonal 25°
in the valleys and 18° C for the tops albeit with
sudden gusts of wind that could reach 55 mph!!!!
was a day and a route designed for photography and as
Bryan was experimenting with his new camera, lots of
photos were taken as the haze gradually cleared and
the sun shone more intensely.
parked by the Community Centre in Ingleton and set off
up the direct route to Ingleborough, passing the 500
miles waymarker to La
Chapell des Marais
and a curious carving on the corner of a house.
is this carving?
back over Ingleton
Bottom with Ingleborough behind
bottom power supply
Crina Bottom house now has its own, rather
noisy, power supply via a small wind turbine.
we approached the steeper parts, we could see some people
in the distance ahead of us and I am pleased to report
that old habits resurfaced. They had to be reeled
First two men; then one on his own. Finally,
another that I had initially thought was too far in
front but as soon as I saw him stop for a breather on
the final climb, I knew I could take him.
alarmed me was that, just before the top, I saw what
I thought was the fourth man moving quickly on my tail.
Efforts were redoubled and I arrived at the summit
well before anyone else. In fact the fourth man turned
out to be a much younger fifth man with two nice dogs.
was blowing a warm gale on the summit but very busy with
a short break we resumed activities and headed for the
steep descent to the north, pausing briefly for team
and other photos before the actual drop off the plateau.
to Carlisle line viaduct from Ingleborough
the way down there were more photo opportunities and
the intriguingly named Braithwaite Wife Hole.
back up Ingleborough
different interpretation of Ingleborough
in action, again!
Just before reaching the valley bottom we decided
it was time for lunch so we found a pleasant spot, in
the sun but out of the wind, to take in the view, the
sun, the butties and the sheep.
we passed Souther Scales, an old farmhouse with an interesting
description although the building is very plain. After
crossing the main road, we dropped into Chapel-le-Dale
where (you might find this hard to believe but it was
true) I was taken by surprise to find a chapel!
paid our respects to St
then ascended by the track at its rear.
On the way we
passed a strange sculpture the work of Charles
I'Anson which had been vandalised and thrown down Hurtle
Pot. Divers had recovered it and re-erected. Carrying
on up to Ellerbeck, we were first distracted by a party
of about thirty cyclists coming down off the moor (one
on a road bike) and then we were so intent on looking
at the goats that we missed the path to the left. Consequently
we went a little too high on the moor than, at that
time, strictly necessary but the proper track rejoined
us before long.
sheep and the goats
posse of cyclists
in action yet again
Moor contains quite a lot of standing stones that look,
from a distance, as it they might have been placed in
position for a purpose but on closer examination suggest
no such thing, being simply the aftermath of the ice
age on the limestone terrain.
behind Twisleton Cairns
in strong bright sunshine, we eventually dropped down
over Twisleton Scar End to Twisleton Hall, then past
the huge quarry and back
back to Twisleton Scar End
final look at Ingleborough, with the quarry in the foreground
This outing being rather longer and
with more climbing than anything we have done for a
while (and at a faster pace) I was getting a little
weary by the time we reached Ingleton and it was a bit
of bind to discover that we were at the bottom of the
town whereas the car was at the top.
the River Greta in Ingleton
was an unexpected
and unwelcome climb to finish the day. However, I ought
not moan, it had been a splendid outing and perfect
training for the Himalayas. I just wish I was
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as I was getting rather pleased with what we had done
to day, Bryan told me of the achievements of another
Kendalian, Paul Clavey, who in July had swan the length
of Windermere, 10.5 miles, cycled the Fred Whitton Challenge,
112 miles around all the Lakeland Passes than ran 72
miles on the 42 peaks Bob Graham Round. All in
44 hours and 50 minutes. Respect! Anyone
fancy it next week? I should add that I am away!
climbed in feet:
(Walks in Limestone Country)
routes ares now being put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading BB1129.
see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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A Promenade of
The B Team
A Little Bit Of
Home From The
Taking The Brunt
Up The Spout
Not The Royal Wedding
Kentmere Parts 1 & 2
5th, Saturday 7th May
Five Unknown Tarns
Gurnal Dubbs Revisited
A March Through The Mist
Wednesday 15th June
All The Way From Barrow
Suitable For The Guests!
Graylings In Flagrante
First Indecision Outing
The Tale of Tony's Triumph
The Gunpowder Trail
Wednesday 7th September
Four Lords a-Leaping
Thursday 15th September
Heversham Head and Mhor
Training For The Himalayas
Turn Again, Whittington
Way Of The Roses
- 14th September
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