: Calling All BOOTboys
2nd January 2014
you Secret Santa.
present this Christmas was a pair of Walkie-Talkies for use on the hills.
I know we all have mobile phones these days
but the reception on the Lake District Fells
is patchy at best and often non-existent.
could be a life saver.
at least a way of telling the advance party
to line up the beers.
some strange reason, typing the above brought to mind
an incident many years ago.
article had been produced for an in-house staff newspaper
in which I had been asked to list my hobbies. On
reading it, a member of staff asked her colleague: "Why
is he telling us that he fell walking? Was he
must have been when I was in Liverpool where they don't
have hills but horizontal drinkers are not unknown.
if I had fell walking today, then I would have had the
means to contact someone to let them know. If
I were conscious of course. And the Gizmo switched
on. And similarly that of someone else on the
it happens, I didn't fall today but Stan and I were
equipped with a Gizmo each in order to give them a field
trial. Before we set off, we double checked that
we were both switched on and on the same wavelength.
Then we did the same with the walkie-talkies.
constraints meant that only a short but fast walk would
be appropriate which generally is a euphemism for a
trip round the Scars. Accordingly, we parked by
the radio mast on the Kendal to Crosthwaite road and
tore off to Cunswick Scar.
Scar from Cunswick Scar
Object one achieved,
we hared back past the car to the Mushroom to stop for
a team picture, communication from one side of the Mushroom
to the other by Gizmo, of course!
at Cunswick Scar summit
further along the scar, along by the wall out of the
wind. Here we saw fields of what looked like large,
grassed-over mole-hills but I am informed that they
are actually centuries old ant hills.
see the odd one has been disturbed, apparently by badgers
digging for food.
Kent Estuary and Whitbarrow Scar
Scar edge near the Mushroom
past the Mushroom we strode and on to the car where we decided that we
hadn't gone far enough.
Stan suggested we should go
back up towards Cunswick Scar then drop down to the
Off he raced downhill
at ramming speed.
He is much faster
than me in descent and was soon out of sight.
is he?" I thought to myself.
Then I remembered.
I had the Gizmo.
Don to Stan, Where are you? Over. >>
came the reply:
Stan to Don, at the gate at the bottom. >>
there I soon found him. Now it was time for revenge.
On a good day, I am a little faster than Stan
on moderate ascents so off I charged up the road, soon
becoming out of sight. Then the Gizmo buzzed.
Stan to Don, where are you? Over.
Don to Stan, Back at the car. Over and out.
thanks again, Secret Santa; the Gizmos really do work.
Don and Stan calling all BOOTboys:
Let's make this a record year. Over!
Thursday 2nd January 2014
2nd January 2014
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
miles per hour
Scar, Scout Scar
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1401 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
have been gleaned from many sources although mostly
Likewise written comment.
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if you wish.
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