: CU on the C2C
7th May 2013
you have climbed Kilimanjaro and reached Everest base
camp, what do you do for your next great challenge?
in Tim's case you do Wainwright's Coast to Coast expedition
from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.
you may recall, is an old university friend of mine
who has occasionally ventured north from Dorset to join
in our much more modest adventures.
weeks ago, he contacted me to let me know what they
were doing and I said that we would see them on the
was his (and ten companions') third day- a relatively
short hop from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale to Grasmere.
the need for an uncommonly early start, Bryan and I
arranged to meet the party at Greenup Edge and accompany
them down to their day's destination.
we had established the route they planned to take (basically
up Greenup Gill to Greenup Edge then down Far Easedale
Gill) we could plan which way to go to meet them. We
discounted the Easedale / Codale Tarns route as taking
too long. The
Gibson Knott ridge route was rejected as we might be
able to persuade them that this valid alternative was
rather more interesting than the valley route. I
favoured starting from Wythburn and climbing up the
burn especially as when I had been there previously
on BB0705 the mist was so bad that we saw little
of the scenery .
Then Bryan dropped the bombshell
that I had been dreading.
"Let's go from Dunmail
Raise via Steel Fell" he suggested.
has the merit of being a wee bit shorter and a wee bit
less climbing. On the other hand, the climbing
that has to be done is of the severely steep kind. Just
see the BB1222
title picture above and you will immediately understand.
enough, once you have completed the first half mile,
the rest of the day is relatively easy.
Bryan took the hint and suggested, and I rapidly accepted, the alternative of
the Green Burn valley.
this was the route that we took out of Grasmere, spotting
a red squirrel on the Ghyll Foot bridge before climbing
onto Calf Crag, across Flour Gill and up to Greenup
Edge. The forecast had improved from the weekend's
prediction of a dire day to that of a warm sunny day
and so it proved to be.
were well ahead of the anticipated meeting time so were
a little surprised to see what I presumed was Tim's
group approaching over the lip of Lining Crag.
Initially I thought that the man with the
flag was Tim's team leader, requiring that
his group follow this identifier as if they
were exploring the sights of a crowded London
then we noticed that his three colleagues
were also carrying flags.
explained that they were doing the Coast
to Coast as a sponsored walk for the Stroke
on you, Steve, Mike, Alison and Martin.
I hope you make lots of money.
C2C group passed but no Tim although they had met a
Tim but not the right one.
got out his stove and settled down for a brew. However,
I could see a large group having a breather on Lining
Crag so climbed down to see if Tim were amongst them.
It turned out to be two groups, both Timless.
I hadn't realised that the Coast to Coast was
afterwards, Tim and his cohorts did appear
and, having climbed up from Rosthwaite,
decided that this would be a good place
to stop. I thought they meant for
lunch so I devoured most of my sandwiches
which was rather a mistake. It was only
eleven o'clock. Yes, Tony, lunch at
eleven, not way after noon. But then
we had been up since some unearthly hour.
I was lining (geddit?) everyone up for the
Comitibus picture, Tim insisted that,
for a group of this size, it should be retitled
all climbed up to Greenup Edge then debated whether
to go down Far Easedale, which was their plan, or to
take the legitimate alternative that Bryan and I recommended
of the ridge from Calf Crag to Gibson Knott and Helm
Crag. It was such a lovely day that it would be
a shame to be locked in the valley. Fortunately
they all agreed.
the way we saw something that none of us had ever seen
on the fells: the naked rambler. Naked swimmers
we have seen, e.g. Graham on BB0407.
a naked rambler? That is certainly different.
sight, coupled with the name of the charity the earlier
walkers were supporting, brought to mind the joke with
which Morecambe & Wise used, unfinished, to round
off their show. There were two old ladies sitting
in a deck chair when a naked man walked by. They
were so shocked that one of them had a stroke. The
other couldn't reach.
funny thing was that, later in the pub, when the various
photos were being examined at maximum enlargement, the
main item of discussion was the very practical one of
whether or not he had anything on his feet. Regular
readers may recall that earlier this year ( BB1302
) we met the barefoot rambler. However I can confirm
that the naked rambler cheated. He was beshodded.
amused me was the fact that his bum was not suntanned
which obviously means that sometimes he puts it away.
Wouldn't you have thought that he would rub in
some tanning lotion to complete the illusion?
Helm Crag was a small group of people watching a man,
encouraged by his son (of adult age), trying to outdo
Wainwright and reach the summit of Helm Crag. The is
the more northerly of the two features each generally
known as the Lion and the Lamb, although, when seen
from the ridge, this one is also known as the Howitzer
It is quite a challenge, requiring some rock
climbing ability, and we thought he was not tackling
it from the most sensible side. Somewhat to our
relief he gave up but then his son proved us wrong;
he agilely and confidently climbed the Crag by the route
that had defeated his father.
of Tim's group, felt that a gauntlet had been thrown
down and immediately set off climbing the crag by the
"sensible" route. The real challenge,
however, is the descent which is quite tricky. Fortunately
Bryan was on hand to provide guidance.
defeats the Lion
Comiticoach returned to the valley and the Traveller's
Rest without further incident.
to the Travellers Rest
Little Tongue Gill
had been a great day to be out on the hills. I
am just glad that I was returning to a nice warm house
in which I can remain through day four whilst some evil
weather passes by. I don't envy them passing
over to Patterdale. In those conditions, they
certainly won't be seeing me on the C2C.
Four- up the gill to Grisedale Tarn
& co- it was good to meet up with you and we wish
you well for the rest of your expedition.
7th May 2013
Day 4 to Patterdale - I'm sure the
St Sunday Crag or even the Helvellyn alternative would have been better, but we
have no evidence that they even existed, the weather was that bad (wind and rain
and low cloud).
Off to Shap tomorrow and I'm not expecting much
improvement in the weather!
8th May 2013
thought we had tracked down the identity
of the naked rambler.
looks remarkably like Stephen
as featured on the BBC website on 22nd April.
puzzling aspect is that Gough was reportedly
remanded in custody in Winchester until
seems a rather extreme measure to bang somebody
up for going nude in public places.
Click on picture for link to
that the jails are full to bursting, this strikes me
as unnecessary expense falling upon us poor taxpayers.
he appealed and was released, although it is a long
naked ramble from Winchester! Or maybe he has
started a trend and now has his emulators.
aeronautic correspondent, James, advises
that the plane we saw hiding in a shed on
Rotax engine 100 hp,
speed of about 100 mph,
fuel consumption 6 litres
LSP light sports.
Unfortunately he says that there
are too many makers of this type to identify it from
However, my brother Alan has
discovered references to this very plane on a website
. It is an Ikarus C42.
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Crag (twice) Gibson Knott, Helm Crag
Tim and his ten pals
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