: The Mystery of the Black Cap
13th January 2016
clothes and the like have a mind of their own. Whilst
you are not looking, off they go to Lord knows where
and forget to come home for their next official outing.
Or they play hide and seek, laughing at you from their
hiding places. Last week (BB1601)
was Terry's turn to be the victim and he ended up having
to wear lady's mauve wellies.
who was there
so he should know, subsequently insisted that Terry's
boots were not mauve but lavender. Then he burst
into song about what he saw:
Boots, Terry Terry
When you are King,
I'll be your Queen
have I got that the wrong way round? Whatever,
there were more misbehaving clothes this morning. Two
very naughty hats and two wicked gloves were thinking
it was fun to make me late to pick up Stan. I gave up
and set off without them.
the other hand, a walking pole, a single glove and a
black mountain cap have all deserted their owners to
have a long, impromptu holiday with me. I know
the pole belongs to Mike, the single glove to Tony and
I was fairly sure that the cap was Stan’s. Why?
Because I remember him beating me to the last
Lowe Alpine cap at their reps' samples sale a few years
ago. And that was black.
when I showed him the cap he said it wasn’t
news, I thought, being otherwise hatless,
that’s what I will wear on this cold day.
should mention for the record that I was
also wearing my new boots. A long time coming
but now ready for action.
also for the record, these were not the
only clothes I was wearing- it was far too
cold to go commando.
were to meet Martin at Staveley but found the bridge
closed due to damage caused by the recent storms.
Stan knew a sneaky back way through the village so we
weren’t too late at the mill yard.
forecasts had been changing frequently but we knew heavy
rain was on its way, the only question was when. We
thought we should be ok until lunchtime so went on a
fairly modest route up past Potter Tarn to Gurnal Dubbs.
back to Potter Tarn
could see the storm in the distance but reckoned it
should be possible to climb Potter Fell, so we did-
bounding from heathery tussock to tussock on the way.
conquered, we thought the same about Brunt Knott and
that too succumbed. However, further heroics were
out of the question. The clouds were seriously
gathering. We headed straight back to the Brewery in
the Mill Yard. The new boots had proved comfortable
and warm as indeed had the black cap.
black and white picture
gaggle in white picture
inside, supping ale and laughing at the downpour, a
text message came through. It was from Tony. It
Mountain Cap. Anyone found one in their car?
Time for a bit of fun.
the way home I went round to see Tony. I showed
him the photos of our walk, he was particularly interested
in those of the broken bridge.
then what did he see? A photo of someone (i.e.
me) wearing a black mountain cap identical to the one
he had lost.
stonework under the bridge
his little eyes lit up. Mystery solved.
who can solve the mystery of my missing hats?
And gloves? Please?
Wednesday 13th January 2016
you identify the substances featured in these pictures
taken whilst on our walk? If you enlarge your
screen you should see a good quality image.
small prize awaits anyone sending in the correct answer.
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Need An Ice Refresh?
Anticipating winter conditions before too long, Terry
reports that this British
Mountaineering Club link
to some of the videos we saw at the winter skills talk
in Ambleside. There are also other interesting links
As the text says:
Winter rolls around and we begin to dig out the gear to cope with cold, snowy, or even icy conditions.
But while the tools are (hopefully) rust-free, have our skills with them survived the summer untarnished?
13th January 2016
climbed in feet:
Fell, Brunt Knott
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1602 .
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
from me and other BOOTboys. Likewise written comment.
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see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
may or may not be up to date!
For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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