: Ulterior Motives
had an Ulterior Motive. He wanted to have a look
at the Wainwright route to Gimmer Crag.
also had a Wainwrightian Ulterior Motive. He wanted
three more ticks in the Central Fells book.
had a Ulterior Motive for his absence that would have
offended the Race Relations Board had it been written
in English but as it was in Australian it had an entirely
different meaning and was totally forgivable.
and I were just glad to be able to enjoy what promised
to be a spectacular day on the fells.
Windermere to the Langdales
the sunny Langdales
had a washing photo for some time!
set off from the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel whence Bryan's
Ulterior Motive soon nearly came adrift. AW describes
the direct path as "interesting and easy"
apart from the "abominable scree slope just above
the wall". I feared Bryan would use the word
"interesting" to described the scree itself
but it turned out that he was just as frustrated by
it as us but for a somewhat different reason.
"abominable" scree slope
over to BleaTarn
looked and climbed all the way up the scree we still
hadn't found the Wainwright path. We checked maps,
explored different directions, regrouped, checked gps
and maps once again. We knew exactly where we
were and that was exactly where the path should be but
it wasn't. We had wasted far too much time so
pressed on upwards, eventually to find a faint trail
with a split in it. Bryan went left to examine
Gimmer Crag whilst the rest of us continued up the hill,
soon to re-group at Loft Crag.
was still frustrated by the lack of evidence of the
alleged path. He did feel somewhat appeased afterwards,
however, to discover that he is not the first to have
had this problem- there is a similar story to be found
on the Wainwright
Loft Crag (which John did not need) we headed north
to two that he did- Thunacar Knott and High Raise. It
was a little hazy so the distant views were not as clear
as they might have been but it was still a magnificent
day to be up in the hills.
range round to the Gables
from High Raise
from Sergeant Man
third Ulteriorially Motived Wainwright was Sergeant
Man, an easy stroll across the moor.
to Stickle Tarn we pioneered a new route somewhat to
the west of the normal path. Bryan remarked on
the contrast from the view on his visit only 12 days
at the tarn we gave Jack's Rake a good looking at from
a sensibly safe distance before dropping down the steep,
rocky path alongside Stickle Ghyll. By the time
we reached the bottom, all had developed a common Ulterior
Motive: a well earned pint at the Old Dungeon Ghyll.
Thursday 17th March 2016
17th March 2016
climbed in feet:
(OS / Memory Map)
Crag, Thunacar Knott, High Raise, Sergeant
John Hn, Roger
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1611 .
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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