: As We Walk We Grow Our Brains
12th August 2015
we walk we grow our brains.
were the words I heard on the radio as I set off this
was so encouraging. We had a biggish day ahead
of us so I envisaged returning home much wiser.
my brain was in need of growing as I took a couple of
wrong turnings between Stan’s house and Terry’s. Eventually
we reached the National Trust car park at the Old Dungeon
Ghyll in Langdale, looking forward to our brain-growing
exercise in the sunshine.
o'Blisco and the Crinkles
o'Stickle, Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle
certainly seemed to be working. As we climbed
the hill towards Pike o’Blisco many erudite topics were
discussed, some of which I almost understood. Things
went a little quieter as we reached the scrambles where
we had to concentrate.
the first gully
on the picture if you can't see the car
is one of my favourite hills. There is a lot of
“hands-on” needed to get up the gullies. Not exposed
climbs but still capable of providing a good scraping
and a headache if you get things wrong. Fortunately
we didn’t and reached the top without incident.
Pike was the next objective. My plan was to approach
from the south ridge but Stan’s brain had grown so much
that he was able to skip down the hill and make strategic
decisions simultaneously. By the time I was able
to catch him, it was too late and we were committed
to his preferred northern approach. The only problem
with that strategy is that a return by the same route
is needed if, as we did, you plan to move onwards to
Crinkles peek out
back to Pike o'Blisco and Cold Pike
Bad Step on Crinkle 2
Crinkles are rocky but present no real problem apart
from the "Bad Step" on Crinkle 2 which
involves a very short rock climb. No more than
two small holds and a heave but still a bit of a challenge
for a non-climber like me.
points out the route up
brains were now so large that we let them rest whilst
we had lunch on Crinkle 3.
not looking down Langdale
left then Scafell Pike; Bowfell to the right
of Windermere behind Pike o'Blisco, then the Wetherlam
range + Crinkles 1& 2
Crinkles 4 ,5 and 6 wisdom told us not to think about
Bowfell which was looming invitingly before us, nor
skinny-dipping in the tarn that was looking uninvitingly
before us, but instead to drop down the Band back to
the valley. Time was a little tight.
whilst Terry thinks about skinny-dipping
path down the Band is paved, but
the vegetation is growing back and it
works well, unlike some of the motorways!
this time, we were amazed at how big
our brains now were. Indeed we
had a struggle to get ourselves into
the part of the brain that says "let's
have a pint" was still functioning
and, sad to report, the consequence
was that normal brain size soon returned.
conclusion was that walking may grow your brain but
drinking relieves the in-skull overcrowding problem.
Normal silliness has been restored.
Thursday 12th August 2015
12th August 2015
climbed in feet:
o'Blisco, Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1529 .
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- 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.
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