: Introducing the new WAGs
you remember the WAGs?
Wives and Girl Friends who arguably adversely affected
the success of England football teams, particularly
in the Sven era?
remains to be seen whether the Woy wegime will be WAGfwee
or not but we are assuming that he will retain his predecessor's
policy of restricting any such involvement in respect
of on or near pitch activity, thereby leaving the acronym
free for new usage.
has lain claim to it.
the new WAGs:
Wainwright Assistance Guys
is to help those seeking
achieve their objective
we were out with our first client, Steve G- a long time
follower (and Big Josie contributor, see Roll
Up, Roll Up, Come and see the Fat
- who was supported by his pal, Richard, from Hawes.
and I have a lot in common. Both of us hail from
an unfashionable area of Greater Manchester- he from
Gorton, me from nearby Reddish. Both of us (and
Richard) went to Leeds University albeit not at the
same time- they as engineers, me a little earlier and
as a maths-and-statistician. Both of us support
he hasn’t finished the Wainwrights, whereas I have (he
fact, Steve is bidding for the record of the longest
period over which to complete them, forty four years
so far and still counting. A bit like City, really!
To be fair, as he now lives dahn sarf in Norfhampton,
he has found it difficult to arrange the time to get
up here and knock off the rather disparate remaining
on the WAGs.
challenge was to help Steve (and Richard) conquer Shipman
Knotts- the last peak of the Kentmere round when undertaken
WAGs selected for the mission were Stan and Bryan- navigational
experts in their contrasting styles, Tony with a dual
role: firstly to act as Mr Motivator and ensure that
clients of lesser ability can be made to feel athletic
on the hills and, secondly, selecting the appropriate
venue in which to celebrate the day's achievements .
Plus, of course, Yours Truly to act as chief witness
and scribe of the event.
weather was just about perfect for the attempt; a whisper
of cloud reducing the heat of the sun and a gentle if
at times slightly chilly, northerly breeze blowing.
Good long distance views. No danger of rain
or other impediments to success.
initial idea was to park at Sadgill and approach the
target from the south via the pass over to Longsleddale.
Bryan, however, had a different plan to test out
our clients’ mettle. As we began to climb gently
up the pass, near Sadgill Wood he instructed that we
should take the more direct route up the fell to Wray
Crag- clearly he was trying to assess the capabilities
of our clients before reaching the potentially serious
passed the test.
route to Shipman Knotts
gently by the side of the ridge wall, we came across
a fenced off hole. More like a small, water filled pit,
really. When Tony explored its depth with his pole,
you could understand the need for the fencing. Falling
in on a misty day would be something of a calamity!
and the pit
long Shipman Knotts succumbed. Mission accomplished.
other side of the Kentmere horseshoe
Steve’s outstanding objectives were well out of reach
for today, we decided to escort them along the tops,
arriving at Kentmere Pike just on the stroke of twelve.
This fact was confirmed by the contiguous chiming of
Tony's body clock demanding food and then rest.
distant Great Gable
a decent break, we continued along to Harter Fell. There
was an ulterior motive, we had to admit to our clients
but first we admired the views over Small Water to Mardale
Ill Bell plus the length of Haweswater
Water and Mardale Ill Bell
objective was to explore the remains of the Wrengill
Quarry. Accordingly we descended by the gill to discover
a remarkably large area of defunct quarries surrounding
(and making exciting) the stream with a combination
of man made and natural gorges and caverns.
there was a mass of slate all around, we were not sure
whether it had been a slate quarry or the source of
something rarer. However, it seems the former
was the case. The Cumbria
confirms the fact.
a detailed examination of the various excavations and
some old machinery that excited Tony, we continued to
the long Sadgill track and back to the car.
research had concluded that the most appropriate place
for the day’s debrief was the Hawkshead Beer Hall at
Staveley, to which our clients, real ale addicts, did
not object. There we were greeted by the lass who, on
the last visit, did not want her photo taken so on this
occasion, respectful of her wish for privacy, I did
not embarrass her by repeating the request. The
camera was kept securely out of sight.
beer passed the test and as we were such good and loyal
clients, we were awarded a bonus pint. For the purpose
of clarity I mean one pint to be shared between the
six of us, not one each- that would be too much to expect!
summary, the first assignment of the WAGs was concluded
to the satisfaction of our clients. One down, seven
to go. Thank you, gentlemen, for the commission
and we hope you accomplish your mission in the
near future- with or with our help although we look
forward to new assignments from you in the future.
we are now in the market for new clients. Satisfaction
3rd May 2012
subsequently reported that the following day they knocked
off Birkhouse Moor - without any assitance from us so
we must have trained them well!
only six left now.
3rd May 2012
climbed in feet:
Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell
Don, Stan, Tony + Steve & Richard
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 BB1217.
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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