: In the Navy ?
wondered what Bryan was going on about. Why did he keep
saying to me "In the navy; in the navy"?
he been seduced by the Village People?
he become their recruiting sergeant?
want you. We want you. We want you as a
it dawned on me. He wasn't referring to the navy
at all. It was the Névé
that he was telling me about.
to join us himself, he was very kindly trying to inform
me about the kind of conditions that we might encounter
on the top of Red Screes today.
is the name given to
a young, granular type of snow which has been partially
melted, refrozen and compacted, yet precedes the forming
hurts to park at Ambleside- the charges are outrageous
Not exactly encouraging people to visit mid-winter
and support the Lake District post-floods.
Screes was the target because, with John away, it was
a chance for Terry to do a bit of catch-up on the Wainwright
ascent via the Struggle is unrelenting
it's worth it for the views
we had an unexpected reason to stop when we met a couple
of mountain rescue guys and their search dog. Someone
had gone missing from near the Kirkstone Inn and whilst
they didn't expect the individual to be on our route,
they had to check it out just the same.
with his new friends
fact they were right. We saw the helicopter buzzing
around and the message came through that the search
was over. Just what had happened we didn't find
out but Tony did discover that one of the searchers
had been on a search & rescue dog course in
Scotland run by Tony's niece. Small world.
round to Langdales plus Rydal water
was a surprisingly long time before we hit frozen ground
and so donned the microspikes. As we neared the
summit the snow got deeper, typically up to 6 inches
and with a crusty top. Is that Névé?
It seemed young
and granular that had been partially melted, refrozen
and compacted, so
I guess it was.
tries his new microspikes
the weather closed in and it almost started to snow.
In fact I think one tiny flake did hit me.
final stretch, looking back across from the Red Screes
summit, cloud forming on the hills opposite
had been our intention to take in another Wainwright-
Middle Dodd. However, it disappeared so we decided
it would be more prudent to retreat. But as we
reached the stone wall, the mist vanished and the Dodd
reappeared so we reverted to the original plan.
Dodd before it vanished
view from Middle Dodd after it reappeared
was slightly frustrating. The area to the north,
including Brothers Water and the distant Ullswater,
was in sunshine whilst we were just on the edge of the
Screes sparkles from Middle Dodd
dropped down to Scandale pass which was clear of snow.
On the way down, Tony decided to try a different
shape of walking pole. He strategically threw
his weight on it and constructed a dog-legged version.
However, he didn't think it a design worth patenting
so a convenient rock was used in order that he could
lever it back to its original shape. Approximately.
soon to be hidden by trees
is one of those valleys where some authority has decided
to take it on itself to plant thousands of trees on
the argument that they were returning the land to
what it was like centuries ago. I am far from
convinced that it is appropriate, especially if it is
being done with taxpayer's money- i.e. mine!
reaching Ambleside we asked ourselves had we really
been in the Névé? We weren't absolutely
sure but we did know that we had not been in the navy
but that the Ethic of Responsibility had led us unerringly
into The Golden Rule.
Thursday 11th February 2016
If you want to know more about The Golden Rule and the
Ethic of Reciprocity, see BB1433.
11th February 2016
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Screes, Middle Dodd
Robin, Terry, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1606 .
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