: Not A Nice Place To Be
5th March 2015
the top of Dunmail Raise is a sight that is rare these
days- an AA sentry box in pristine condition. This
was our start point.
it been left to Tony and me, I suspect the outcome would
have been a quick trip up Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn
and back down Tongue Gill to the pub. However, having
mountain men Bryan and Stan with us plus Wainwright
chasers John and Terry, such an easy day was never going
to be on the cards.
problem was that Stan wanted to go up Helvellyn but
Bryan wanted Fairfield. We agreed to go up to
the tarn and decide. Somehow, dread of dreads,
Seat Sandal (far from being my favourite hill) got thrown
into the equation but would not, I was relieved to learn,
be by the diretissimo route suffered on BB1240.
found a track that Bryan said was not on the map and
he hadn’t seen before. He thought it would skirt
round to Raise Beck and then up to the tarn. The
path had other ideas. Yes, it turned round and
went straight up. Just like last time. Only
on this occasion time my specs vanished from my pocket.
Fortunately Bryan found them before they were missed.
descent to Grisedale Hause is steep and was covered
in softish snow.
Grisedale Tarn, St Sunday's Crag & Fairfield from
decided to get his axe out and go down diretissimo.
As I had my shiny new axe I thought this was a
good time to test it (and me) out alongside my mentor.
I soon got the hang of the descent technique.
Instead of marching, you move in waltz time. It
felt very secure but I found the going very slow. Bryan
kindly reassured me that it was because I was new to
the game and that speed would come with confidence.
The problem is that, just as I found when
learning to ski, slowness is very hard on the legs.
Short steps and long standings in deep snow really
test the muscles. Well, that is my excuse for
the difficulty I subsequently had in climbing the relatively
snow-free track up Fairfield, to which we were now committed.
with Easedale Tarn in the foreground
could blame the onset of a nasty bug picked up from
our highly efficient germ distributing agents (grandchildren)
and certainly would blame in part the near gale force
winds that at times made movement almost impossible.
But really my legs were shot.
its serious wind-chill effect, the summit was not a
nice place to be.
over to Great Rigg with Windermere and Coniston Water
in the background
a short while searching for a lunch shelter, we decided,
thankfully, to get down. Even Tony wasn’t complaining
about the delay in eating, which we did above Stone
Cove where a hungry Raven sat by John's feet hoping
for either a peck at his butty or maybe even at John.
and the Raven
from Stone Arthur
bypassed Great Rigg summit, Terry missed out on that
W but he did pick up the otherwise awkward to reach
Stone Arthur just above Grasmere.
Pipeline crossing Greenhead Gill
celebrated our survival at the Travellers Rest. This
Traveller certainly needed the rest. It was a
nice place to be.
Thursday 6th March 2015
5th March 2015
climbed in feet:
Sandal, Fairfield, Stone Arthur
John H, Stan, Terry, Tony
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