: Come All Ye Tramps And Hawkers
20th September 2013
said Stan. I thought I had misheard him. In
fact I had.
he explained. "Not sloes"
gave him a quizzical look, then it dawned on me. It
was the fruit
we had seen last week ( BB1331
I knew he was right. I had looked it
up. The clues are whether there are thorns on the bushes
and whether the fruit is spherical. No thorns
and spherical equals Bullace. Otherwise Sloes.
tree was Bullace.
that dispute settled we set off on our mission to take
Tony to the top of Scafell Pike. At least that had been
the intention. The trouble was that Tony was exhausted
from several days away decorating and was facing an
exhausting weekend stagging. He was banking on
unfavourable weather and the forecast came to his aid.
Fog and mist in the morning with cloud on the
summit. Not the conditions in which we wanted
to take him.
Bryan, Stan and I went for a tramp over and around
Loughrigg. We have been there often so we took
such a random route that there is little point in describing
our journey, especially when we have something much more
interesting to read. So I will reduce the report
to a few bullet points;
blocking the way outside Bryan's (not for him))
at Lowwood Hotel
pulled to park
at busy Brathay Trust
a lot of people on hills
of drizzle early on but cleared and could see
Scafell but not Pike
slow worm of the year ( BB1324
- Two Tornado
jets flying up to and over Dunmail Raise
challenge for Tony
to you, Tony
Tarn, Wetherlam and round Langdales behind
& Lily Tarns
(Common Hawker Male?)
that's it! Except ........
Tarn, Langdales behind
look at my watch. It’s 4:30 a.m..
I have another 30
minutes before I have to get out of my nice warm sleeping
bag so I snuggle back down.
days ago I was getting on a train to London.
ago my flight from Moscow landed in Ulaanbaatar.
I’m laid in a sleeping bag on a hard-packed mud and
rock floor, inside a Mongolian ger which has gaps in
it through which a cold draught creeps, making me sleep
with a woolly hat on.
The ground outside is frosty.
I am at least 80 miles away, in any direction, from
any place that could be described as a village or town,
with no means of communication except the group’s emergency
In 30 minutes time I’m going to have
to leave this luxury, pack my sack, and head up for
2 nights at 3,600 metres camped on a glacier.
you will have realised, this has nothing to do with
or other gaitherers o' bla', nor our tramp to see
the hawker today, other than Bryan was with us.
the start of Part 2 of his epic adventure, coming soon
to a screen near you.
Friday 20th September 2013
20th September 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Loughrigg & Lily Tarns
Bryan, Don, Stan
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1332 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be quite up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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