Beware of the Bra
25th April 2013
Daily Telegraph recently published a warning
to keen fell walkers. This was not on 1st
April, I can assure you. It was the 12th.
headline ran "Beware of the Bra".
article reported a warning by the Mountaineering
Council of Scotland that underwired
bras could kill fell walkers.
is interesting that it did not specify lady
that because there are men who go out similarly
could it be that some ladies use them as weapons
such as slings or catapults, perhaps?
even that they might be the cause of injuries incurred
if they have been removed, for whatever reason, then
blown into dangerous places from which retrieval
no. Nothing so exciting. It is because it was
feared that the wire contained within the aforementioned
apparel could potentially be the cause of interference.
Not with the lady's body but with a magnetic compass,
thereby leading to potentially fatal navigational errors.
the same paper on the same day was another article concerning
bras, casting doubt on their long term effectiveness in preventing
mammary droop, but that is not relevant to this report.
the navigational consequence of bras is not a concern
however today was different. We had a lady with us. Naturally, I did not enquire about
her undergarments but instead made a mental note to
keep a safe distance in the unlikely event of having
to resort to a magnetic compass.
lady concerned was Margaret's cousin, Lizzie, a keen walker who often visits the Lake District
with her pals from the Selby area but they tend to go
to the northern end. She was eager to visit the
Langdales. However, the weather forecast suggested otherwise
so we opted for a late start and
a lesser objective from which, if the sun drove off
the heavy clouds, as expected in the afternoon, at least
the Langdales might be seen.
555 took us Grasmere and we headed up the trail past
Allan Bank and its strange small floral memorial. At
first I thought a beer can had been placed behind the
wire mesh covering but on closer examination, I think
it was a casket of someone's ashes.
clearing round Helm Crag
first objective was Lang Howe, one of my favourite minor
tops as it looks like a mini Matterhorn when viewed
from the unnamed tarn that shelters beneath it. Objective
achieved we returned towards the tarn for lunch. Seeing
as we hadn't set off until 11:45, it was remarkably
restrained of Tony to wait so long before demanding
his replenishment, normally demanded on the stroke of
was Silver Howe. As we made our way across the
undulations, we could see that the cloud on the Langdales
was slowly lifting and before long Lizzie could see
what her real target looked like.
and without cloud
Rydal Water, Windermere and Elterwater
in this area, Bryan made a discovery: a small plastic
case that was clearly intended to open. He, Stan
and Tony tried in turn without success. Eventually,
I am not sure how but I succeeded. For a moment I was
excited. It seemed full of folded money. Unfortunately,
on closer examination, it turned out to be a puncture
repair kit. Why that should be up there, well
away from any bridle paths or rideable terrain is anyone's
guess, but Bryan lay claim to it.
fails to do something simple
does something remarkable
little later, something remarkable happened. I
am sure that Tony would not mind me mentioning this
but normally he is not the fastest of us. So when
he suddenly started running- yes you read that right,
running- we were amazed. What was even more remarkable
was that he was running UPHILL to the top of
a rise. We looked on in amazement. Such
alacrity normally only occurs when the pub is in sight.
He told us afterwards that since his orthopaedic
insoles had been fitted, all his usual aches and pains
had vanished and he wanted to see just how mobile he
the descent to Hammerscar Plantation, a decision had
to be made: whether to carry on up and over Loughrigg
or take the lower route along Loughrigg Terrace, visiting
Rydal Cave on the way. Loughrigg is not the most
exciting of hills whereas the Cave is really interesting,
not to mention the lovely view over Grasmere to Dunmail
Raise from the Terrace.
from Loughrigg Terrace
water level in the cave was the deepest that I recall
and some of the stepping stones were a little submerged.
However, the grip on the slate slabs is remarkably
good and access to the interior was not a problem. The
seams of different coloured rock coupled with the sheer
size of the cave never fails to impress.
there was the gentle descent to the River
Rothay and the Badger Bar.
there had been no navigational problems
and therefore need to beware of the bra.
importantly, nor did we beware of the bar.
time, Lizzie- the Langdales.
10th April 2013
and Where Competition
I bought a new scanner with a good quality
slide copier attachment.
I have been digitising photos from way back.
have now reached 1974 which has thrown up
some photos that might be of interest to
(highly enlarged, hence blurred) is of the Burnmoor Inn
(right), taken on the infamous
perplex me and perhaps some dear reader can throw light
on them. Shown below are two group photos. I
have identified all of the men and two of the ladies
but can you identify them all lot? And where were they
is a photo of Ian B taking a photo of the photographer,
who is presumably me.
But where were we? And
who is peering into my tent?
the solo individual taking lunch. I thought it
was Pete McL but he denies it.
usual, clicking on the photo produces an enlargement.
small prize awaits the best effort.
25th April 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Howe, Rydal Cave
Lizzie, Stan, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1315
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For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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