: How Many Ways?
26th March 2015
is said that when the Cistercian Monks made their way
from their Abbey at Barrow in Furness their route to
the west was via a treacherous crossing of the Leven
Estuary on foot.
is now commemorated in one of Britain's long distance
days another type of Way, the railway, follows, rather more
safely, the same route.
the other hand, contrary to its name, the Cumbria
takes walkers on a more sensible inland route.
three types of Way had relevance to today's adventure.
start point was a railway, although a somewhat different one
to that crossing the River Leven:
and Haverthwaite Railway
and, in particular, its station at Haverthwaite.
presumably as part of the Beeching cuts in the mid 1960s,
the line re-opened in 1973 as a private railway from
Haverthwaite to Lakeside at the bottom end of Windermere.
route had been chosen to fit in with James' arrangements
as he had a meeting in Grange-over-Sands early that morning. However,
at the last minute he cried off with manflu leaving
us with a dilemma. Well, not really, we just carried
on as planned and caught the bus from Grange-over-Sands
to Haverthwaite Railway Station.
it been raining we would have called in at this station
for a cuppa whilst it cleared. The weather had
other ideas and obeyed the forecast so the rain stopped
just as we alighted. Sorry, Haverthwaite, you
will have to wait for our custom.
steep climb from Low Wood was rewarded with an encounter
with Bigland Tarn.
Wood Gunpowder Mills
were following the Cumbria
south, enjoying pleasant countryside and open views
across the Leven estuary.
was a minor navigational hiccup on Speel Bank where
the farmer had done his best to disguise a stile over
a wall causing us to press on by for a while before
realising the error. Was he also responsible for
the seemingly cynical removal of the Way signpost arms?
That apart, it was an uneventful
but pleasant stroll down to Howbarrow. Here
we turned east and very shortly joined the Cistercian
Way which soon led us across the racecourse and into Cartmel.
doubt the monks would have made merry in the local hostelries.
Instead, we opted, somewhat to our surprise, for the
Priory Hotel and, even more to our surprise, we all
ordered coffee, not beer. Plus, not such a surprise,
would have liked a look round Cartmel Priory but as
it was Augustinian, not Cistercian, it didn't seem appropariate.
Only joking- we
didn't have sufficient time in hand on the parking ticket
back at Grange.
we reached the Hampsfell Hospice, that remarkable structure
on the summit (see BB1120),
the wind had risen to almost the same velocity as we
had experienced on Fairfield on BB1508 recently. It
became virtually impossible to stand whilst on the roof so,
after the team picture was taken inside (beneath the inscriptions recorded
we continued over the limestone fell and back down to
the monks used to undertake another treacherous estuary
crossing, this time of the River Kent.
the other hand, made a much less hazardous way to the
Strickland Arms where we drank to James' speedy recovery.
Poor man, he had missed a bracingly enjoyable
outing that would have sent his manflu on its way.
also wished Bryan well on his Way- his assault on Mera
Thursday 26th March 2015
La- Bryan's on his Way
a busy Himalayan time for BOOTboys.
Philip was out there in November, Terry set off this
week and Bryan is due to go out on Sunday 29th March.
he describes why:
first went to Nepal in 1977 with Liz and we did the
trek from Lukla to Everest base camp.
I climbed a 5,643m
peak called Kala Patthar which Terry is hoping to do
on his trip.
reality it’s only a spur of a bigger mountain so doesn’t
require a ‘climbing permit’.
But it does give stunning
views to Everest
on top of Kala Patthar, Everest behind
was just getting started back then so life in the villages
we passed through were much like Philip will have found
on his Khiraule
trip. Edmund Hillary had just completed building
the second school in the Khumbu region.
had great memories from the trek (sleeping in a tent
at 5,000m in a 3-season sleeping bag was Liz’s particular
‘highlight’!) but most outstanding was the cheerfulness
of the people.
recent years the Adventure Travel industry has taken
off and means people such as myself can now tackle things
that were previously beyond my technical capability.
high point- 5,350 metres
in November 2011 I went back to Nepal, this time to
the Annapurna region to try and climb a 5,663m mountain
called Tharp u Chuli.
is what is called a Cat B trekking peak. All summits
over 5,000m in Nepal require a ‘climbing permit’.
peaks are summits that can be reached with some climbing
experience (using axe and crampons; rock scrambling;
moving roped on glaciers etc), but do not require a
full blown expedition.
outcome of this trip was documented in BB1136.
a great trip, the failure to climb a proper Himalayan
summit still gnawed at me. A temporary lull in child-minding
duties presented the opportunity to return this Spring.
settled on an attempt at the 6,476m (21,247ft) high Mera
Peak, mainly because it takes much less time to become
climbable after snowfall and so has a greater chance
down-side is that it’s almost a 1,000m higher than I’ve
ever been previously. Oxygen concentration is 45% of
that at sea level so I will be blowing hard – possibly
worse than Tony on Scafell Pike!
This is one month into
the pre-monsoon season so should be OK weather-wise.
But with climate change being like it is there is no
real guarantees these days.
fly in to Lukla, the start point for the Everest trail,
but we go East rather than North and cross the 4,600m
Zatrwa La pass on the 2nd day. A further 5 days trek
will get us to our Base Camp at 5,000m by the side of
the Dig Glacier.
camp is then established at 5,415m on the Mera La; the
next one on a spectacular rocky outcrop at 5,800m (see
photo Mera La 1 above, left) from where we make our summit attempt
(see photo Mera La 2 above, right) on the 11th or 12th day after leaving
this is a BIG mountain - almost 6,000ft higher than
Mont Blanc - so weather, snow conditions, altitude etc
can all conspire to prevent us getting up. But then
to some extent that's the point. If it were guaranteed,
it wouldn't be so 'interesting'!
is now in Nepal (see BB1510)
on his way to Everest Base Camp.
Even though Terry might not be able to add to his
blog for a few days, it is still worth checking it out,
if you have not already done so.
Here you will
find a flavour of a very different culture to ours.
The good news is the trek is going well and I'm really
thankful for all the BOOTboys outings.
The bad news is that my mobile Blogger app has frozen
and it will not let me make any further posts.
Hopefully I can sort it out, but in the meantime
here is our first view of Everest.
26th March 2015
climbed in feet:
Coastal Way, Bigland Tarn
Don, Mike, Stan, Tony
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our route in detail by downloading bb1511 .
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