: Can I Have Your Sausage Roll, Please?
14th October 2015
the memory plays tricks. I have the distinct recollection
of climbing Skiddaw from the north via Ullock Pike in
icy conditions in the early days of BOOTboys.
particularly strong memory is of Stan helping Tony put on his
instep crampons who then romped up the hill leaving
poor Stan with hands so cold he couldn't get his gloves
also recall climbing to the summit on a track that I thought
rather exposed to a sharp drop to the left.
should have read the reports. It turns out
that I had conflated two visits and that we hadn't actually
climbed Skiddaw in the snow. We had taken the
sensible decision to abort BB0907
at Carl Side. The nasty track must have been on BB0408.
to avoid any nasty track problems, we opted to make
the approach from the north, first taking in Bakestall.
At least we didn't have to worry about snow, the
remarkable Indian Summer is still lingering on.
into the sunshine
is a nice, easy way to climb the mountain. It
kicks off with a gentle track up by Dash Beck to reach
the Whitewater Dash falls which, not surprisingly given
the recent dry spell, were not as spectacular as they
must be at other times of year.
Mike didn't make it that far. Lower down, he had
turned round quickly to take a photo and something went
twang in his leg. Sensibly he decided not to risk
it further and returned back to the car. It is
a good job he did otherwise, later on, it would have
been seriously tested.
was full of sympathy for him. His farewell to
Mike was, I quote, "I am sorry you are leaving us,
Mike, but can I have your sausage roll please?"
gives Tony his sausage roll
climb up Birkett Edge, alongside the fence, is nothing
like the vicious equivalent on Steel Fell and it provides
increasingly fine views with the gain in altitude. It
seems a little used route and we only saw one
person on the whole ascent (and he was going down).
down Dash Beck
across the Solway from Bakestall
was a different story on the top. Very busy. Nevertheless
we found a cairn behind which to shelter in the sun,
protected from the very cold breeze. Lunch was
taken, Tony particularly enjoying his - no, Mike's -
panorama looking south west to north west over Long
to Derwent Water
Fearful that they
might have strayed into unfortunate territory, we set
off cautiously down the scree. Once over the
lip we found them there, patiently waiting for us (and
I suspect wondering if they had gone wrong as the slope
was very stoney with no clear path).
Fortunately, a little
lower, a narrow snaking trail did appear although at
times I found it easier on the scree itself as the path
was covered in small stones providing a ball bearing
effect. Whichever route you took it was quite demanding
on the legs.
descent was nearly a right cock-up before it started.
wanting me to take his photo. Terry waited
for us but James and John had pressed on and were out
We were quite unsure in which direction
they had headed.
Mobile phones were of no avail.
traffic was on the tourist route down by Little Man
but I couldn't see them there.
the bottom of the scree is the tiny Carlside Tarn. Looking
back up the hill was quite a surprise. It looked
far steeper than it had seemed whilst on the descent.
The serpentine track we had used could be seen
but much clearer was the path that had bothered me all
those years ago and probably would have done again had
we taken it today. Although much more distinct,
it seemed too close for my liking to the drop down
into Southerndale (which paradoxically runs to the north).
tracks down from Skiddaw
descent over Long Side and Ullock Pike was very bumpy.
Safe but with frequent rocky sections to climb
down (and occasionally up). I found myself wondering
how it was that, all those years ago, I had cheerfully
climbed that route in the icy conditions using just
instep crampons, not microspikes. On a dry sunny
day in early autumn, it still seemed a tough route to
go up the mountain. How people get either up or
down on mountain bikes escapes me but the tyre marks
were there to be seen
back up Southerndale to Skiddaw
At the Sun
Inn we celebrated John's achievement of
having now completed half the Wainwrights. "Sausage
Rolls all round," demanded Tony but he had to make
do with Pork Scratchings with his beer instead.
Wednesday 14th October 2015
14th October 2015
climbed in feet:
Skiddaw, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock
Don, James. John Hn, Mike, Terry,
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1535 .
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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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