Poor Little Bo Peep
2nd April 2013
Little Bo Peep. She really has lost
her sheep over the last week or two.
time, she does know where to find them-
they are under several feet of drifted snow.
Not that many of them will be wagging
their tails on the way home.
came in like the proverbial lion but, on
its departure, a sorry number of lambs are
of the frozen variety.
on the lower fells, conditions in this part
of the lake district have not been quite
that bad for the poor lambs. However,
higher up, April remains Siberian.
other words, a further opportunity to get the crampons
you might expect, Bryan, now recovered, has lost no
opportunity to get into the snow, as you can see from
his report below about his trips up Fairfield and the
west side of Kentmere. Our objective today was
to accompany him round the eastern side of the valley.
of the potential conditions, Tony became the latest
member of the Kahtoola Klub, seen here proudly showing
off his acquisition.
the proud Kahtoolarer
spikes were not needed as we climbed up the valley.
Indeed, even after we reached the snow line, they
might have been a hindrance rather than an aid as initially
the snow, although deep in places, was too soft. All
that changed shortly after stepping over a well-buried
gate. Bo Beep would have had good reason to worry up
vehicle did this?
underfoot conditions were becoming icy. As we
were donning our spikes, two highly equipped men approached
us. They turned out to be from the Lake District
National Park and were surveying the pass as once a
month, being a "white road", it is open to
designated motor vehicles. Good luck to the drivers
in these conditions!
it was a spectacularly clear day, a bitter east wind
was making difficult the choice of venue for the lunch
stop. Fortunately, below Little Harter Fell, Bryan
found a rocky outcrop that provided some shelter and
an opportunity for a team picture with Tony looking
like he had accomplished a significant challenge.
back down Longsleddale
Little Harter Fell
was not much further to the Harter Fell summit with
spectacular views of the snow clad hills.
Street with Blea Water
Small Water just visible to left
the summit we turned south and, for the first time this
year, those with good eyesight could just espy Blackpool
view to Morecambe bay and beyond
Ill Bell & Froswick
We followed the snowy ridge to Kentmere
Pike and Shipman Knotts.
back up Kentmere valley
Another rest stop in
full sun and out of the breeze had the inevitable effect
on at least three of us!
the top of the pass linking Longsleddale and Kentmere
work was taking place on the track. For what,
we could not tell. This pass has no name shown
on the maps but, down near the cars, we did find a sign
suggesting what it is called. Disappointingly,
it was a very unremarkable short name that has not lasting
long enough in the memory to report!
vane in the valley
Bo Peep's poor lambs, I am pleased to report that the
were able to come home and, aided by a couple of jars
in the Duke of Cumberland, get down to the serious business
of wagging their tales.
3rd April 2013
who had been poorly the day we went out last week, was
sufficiently recovered by Friday to tackle the west
side of Kentmere. On Sunday he tackled Fairfield. He
day out on Friday. Hills in superb condition.
suspect there will be a few Easter accidents
judging by my experiences. I passed
a number of couples and groups without crampons
/ axes, or even poles.
going varied from thigh-deep trail-breaking
to hard packed snow on steepish ground which
would be extremely difficult to cross without
descent into Nan Bield was particularly interesting
as I was a bit off line and on steepish ground that
was about on the limit for microspikes. The ice axe
proved to be invaluable protection and saved me having
to climb back up and find the easier line.
to sneak another day out yesterday [Sunday]. Caught
the bus to Dunmail and went over Fairfield / Hart Crag
and down to Ambleside via High Pike.
busy from Fairfield onwards and, as the other day, plenty
of people without crampons / axes. Came across a bloke
and his lad who had spent the night in a snow hole!
1st April 2013
I heard, last week, about the death of Uncle
Monty, a.k.a. Richard
of Withnail & I fame, I did think about
a memorial visit to Crow Crag, a.k.a. Sleddale
would also be an opportunity to see how
Tim Ellis was getting on with the restoration
since our BB1219
this week was not convenient for Tim but
we hope to report on his progress in the
2nd April 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts
Martin C, Tony
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