: Nothing to Commend it ?
19th August 2015
what Wainwright had to say about Grey Crag. "In
mist, the ascent has nothing to commend it." Mind
you, he was talking about the way up from Stockdale
so we took his advice and went up from Sadgill. However,
the same comment applies.
Sadgill tree and derelict barn
nearly didn't go up at all. The forecast was for
the mist to have cleared by now but it hadn't and didn't
look as if it would. We set off walking on an
alternative- the wimp-out of the three valleys (see BB1340).
Not in itself a bad walk but not one that would
more Ws for Terry. After a hundred yards we had
a change of mind and decided to brave the mist in the
hope that the forecast clearance had merely been delayed.
for the off
path goes diagonally left up the gully
does warn about these hills:
Very lonely territory
visitors are infrequent ..... desolation profound
an accident befalls ..... in this wilderness .....
are likely to adorn the scene until they rot and disintegrate.
goes on about peat-hags and marshes and ridges only
to be undertaken after a period of dry weather, being
best left alone during a rainy season.
as this is mid August, clearly such concerns don't apply
Yes They Do!
battled the steep brackened ground to find the gully
that is the safe way up Great Howe. I was in walking
shoes, not boots (they are cracked and I need a new
pair), and my feet were soon very wet with water coming
over the top. James, Martin and Terry all smugly declared
their boots to be dry.
the bracken path.....
and into the gully
have to thank AW, or more probably his reviser, Chris
Jesty, for marking the path so clearly on the pages
and, also, the few brave souls (soles?) who had been
that way before and left their trail on the ground.
a lot to see!
The mist was quite thick but we managed to find
our way to the summit without too much difficulty.
the way off was more of a challenge but the compass
training given by Bryan some years back has to be commended. When taking a bearing
we aimed for the safe side of the target. We had
a lead man some yards ahead whilst the compass bearer
trailed behind with a hand on the tiller.
such fashion we found our way off Grey Crag across the
very boggy area to the fence then from the fence to
Tarn Crag summit.
Crag summit. Or was it Tarn Crag?
On the return to the fence we found
some rather damp ground that wobbled when we bounced
on it. Martin feared that it could disintegrate,
opening up deep crevices into which we might be swallowed.
He suggested that we might like to consider desisting.
We did and descended to the exceedingly
wet Brownhow Bottom. By now, to my secret delight,
everybody's boots were full of water.
the trail meets the Gatescarth Pass, I thought rather
more than boots were going to be filled with water.
The three took what, to my mind, seemed a very
risky way across the fast flowing and deep stream, some
with more success than others but no disasters. They
were encouraging me to take the same route. But
when you know that the stream drops under a bridge only
fifty yards further down, what is the point of takings
such risks? To be fair to them, I had forgotten
about this until they were across and I was standing
there like a wimp.
now we were down out of the clag and the odd glimpse
of sunshine could be spotted illuminating small parts
of fields way down the valley. It was dry enough
to shelter in the lee of a wall for a late lunch. I
think even Tony would not have wanted to stop earlier.
down to Longsleddale
stroll down the valley passed without incident as did
the drive to Staveley. There I saw two sights that definitely
had something to commend them.
first of course was the Hawkshead Brewery.
I found myself financially embarrassed and unable to chip into
Then I looked across the yard and what
should I see but a mobile Nat West bank.
was just waiting
there to give me some money before it drove off to rescue
some other cashless soul.
A highly commendable
Thursday 20th August 2015
and the Corvus
case you were wondering what Bryan was doing rather
than stumbling around with us in the mist, he had been
out on the Corvus- a climb on Raven Crag, Glaramara.
This is an altogether more serious business and
he admits that he was pretty nervous when he started.
explains that “The part of the route that makes it a
classic is The Hand Traverse. This is a short
section – about 15 metres – which goes across the crag.
There is a crack going across it which provides good
handholds but the footholds, particularly towards the
end, aren’t there and you have to trust to friction.”
picture for Keswick Mountaineering Club
had been dreading this but when it was
his turn it went far better than he
thought it would and he almost enjoyed
him than me.
you want to get an idea of the climb,
have a look at the Keswick Mountaineering
Club's video A
Route For All Seasons.
Hand Traverse section starts after 9
minutes 30 seconds but I found the whole
15 minute video of interest and with
a surprise twist at the end.
20th August 2015
climbed in feet:
Crag, Tarn Crag
Don, James, Martin, Terry
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