: The Rotary Ramble Red Route Revisited
25th April 2015
of us admitted that had it not been for fear of opprobrium
from the others, we would have wimped out today. A forecast
of persistent and at times heavy rain coupled with strong
winds is not exactly the favourite way to spend a spring
Saturday. Especially with a chill factor of -12ºC.
the power of a Comitibus
for you and why a four man BOOTboys team
gathered at the Staveley Mill Yard prepared to undertake
the Red Route of the Rotary Ramble around Kentmere.
is not the first time we have supported this event.
Indeed it seems to have been the fifth, following
on from BB1413,
year's team comprised the welcome return of Ian who
had travelled up from Cheshire this morning, his old
school chum and now Kendal based Martin plus James and
me. The charity chosen by Rotary on this occasion
being the Motor
Neurone Disease Association.
the weather seemed to have ignored the forecasts and
continued to do so all day. It was a bit blowy
at times and the odd drop of wet stuff but nothing to
get worried about.
route was the familiar one, starting from the Mill Yard
in Staveley and heading up the west side of the Kentmere
Valley, pausing as ever for the team picture at Ullthwaite
passing contrasting buildings, we climbed the old trail
up Kentmere Park to the old quarry and then skirting
the Sallows summit across to the Garburn Pass checkpoint.
Coniston range from Sallows
were surprised as we descended the Pass to Kentmere
village to discover several groups of people heading
in the same direction. All became clear when we
reached the village hall. Normally this is just
the Rotary lunch stop and nothing much else happening.
Today, it turned out that there were two other
organisations holding their own events and each
had its checkpoint in its own tent outside. One
was a national Round Table event which seemed quite
challenging especially as they seemed to be repeating
it the following day on bikes. I am not sure what
the other was but NewGen appears to be involved with
wind trubines (which I trust are not going to be installed
Table check point
surveys the upper Kentmere valley
return was the normal route up the Tetherer
tuning south at its apex checkpoint for the climb to
Green Quarter and Skeggles Water.
old ice house
we returned to the Mill Yard to collect our certificates
and undertake the mandatory celebration in the Brewery.
26th April 2015
disaster in Nepal has particular resonance for several
all of whom have very fond memories of the country and
especially its people.
just back from Kathmandu:
week ago I was a tourist in the delightfully chaotic city of Kathmandu. I had
just spent three weeks in the high mountains supported by the wonderful people of
Nepal, who have so little yet remain so cheerful.
I'm safely at home whilst they try and cope with yet another natural disaster.
Thankfully I've had word that all those Sherpas and porters that helped us are
the appeals for help start coming, please support them. These people really
whose blog can be found at Everest Base Camp and Much More,
returned a few days earlier:
terrible news over the last 36 hours has filled me with
a profound sadness. I have had many texts, email and
messages from friends all over the world expressing
how lucky I am to have left Kathmandu 18 days ago and
that I'm safely home; unfortunately I don't feel lucky.
During my visits to Nepal in 2007, 2014 and earlier
this month, the Nepali people and culture have won my
heart and I can only feel heartbroken and desperately
have emailed Prem, my guide this year and Sherpa Ang
Neema who guided me last year, however I have not heard
back from either of them. Hopefully this is to be expected,
as all regular communications are interrupted and I
pray that they and their families are together and safe.
country is one of the poorest in the world, but as I
have consistently observed, the Nepalis are one of the
happiest. This year I heard it expressed that "their
expectations are low but their thinking is encouraged
to be high".
many of the locations in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pattan
are designated World Heritage, their condition required
urgent repair and maintenance, regrettably it is now
too late and most are reduced to rubble.
sincerely hope that there is sufficient support from
the rest of the world to ease the pain and suffering
of the Nepali people.
photo is of the son of the owners of a tea
house in Namche where I stayed at last year.
didn't have a computer, bike, iPod or any
of the playthings of children in the West,
but was content to help his Mum & Dad
look after their guests.
his smile be one for the future.
was particularly concerned about the people of Khiraule
and the impact of the earthquake on the Khiraule
with which he has been so closely involved and which
he visited in November last year:
have just spoken to Pat Steel. In a nutshell: Lhakpa
[Pat's Nepalese husband] is okay and in Kathmandu
helping with the rescue operations.
is unscathed but two Sherpas from the village have died
are no flights out of Nepal currently. It is therefore
unclear when I will next be meeting with Lhakpa who
will obviously be fully employed in Nepal for some time.
will email Ashok, as my Rotary contact, shortly to see
if I can get more general news of the priorities Rotary
have set in Nepal.
who visited Nepal three times in the 1990s:
a tradegy for the wonderfully friendly and generous
people of Nepal and the Kathmandu valley in particular
who deserve better fortune in life. They didn’t stand
a chance, given how the vast majority of buildings were
never built to withstand earthquakes and would have
tumbled like packs of cards.
hope global relief agencies respond adequately, both
in the affected towns and in the more difficult higher
mountain areas where life for many, not just tourists
but sherpas as well, may be hanging in the balance.
Those above the Khumbu Icefall may be in a particularly
precarious position. My thoughts go out to all caught
up in this disaster.
Earthquake Appeals include those of Oxfam and
25th April 2015
climbed in feet:
Don, Ian, James, Martin
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1514 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
can navigate to the required report via the Home
have been gleaned from many sources
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see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
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