: He Who Shall Not Be Named
9th November 2016
he who shall not be named won. In a state of shock
and fatigue (some of us had been up half the night)
we met and agreed. He shall not be discussed nor
shall his name pass our lips. Except to note that
John was not with us and the suspicion was that he had
to go down to the bookies with his wheelbarrow to collect
the late start, Bryan’s suggestion was that we
head up the Kentmere Valley to the Nan Bield Pass then
make a decision on what next. We (Terry, Robin,
Martin and I) agreed.
was very overcast as we headed up the Valley but not
precipitating. We took a wide berth but we were
definitely not worrying the rams who were far more interested
in food than butting us.
snouts in trough
soon hit the snow. Having fallen in the night
(unlike He Who), it was still very soft and progressively
deep underfoot. A good 6 inches must have come
down and drifting had made deeper pits.
Reservoir and the surrounding hills looked like something
straight out of a Wainwright sketch book.
this is a genuine photo taken today. Honest.
passes the fell ponies
we neared the top of the Nan Bield Pass, the clouds
began to clear.
the top of the Nan Bield Pass
reached the Nan Bield shelter and were surprised to
find it occupied. Not that it mattered as it faces north
and the weather was clearing from the south. We
scrorped off the snow to make a ledge on which to sit
and take lunch.
Bield shelter, Harter Fell behind
the big decision. This is a four way junction.
There was no question of carrying on north to
Haweswater. Climbing round the west side of the
valley to Froswick and its pals was ruled out as taking
too long. Retreating south was for wimps. So
we girded loins to venture east up Harter Fell. The scene
was alpine. The snow was deep and it was hard
Pike and Small Water
Harter Fell summit
we topped out, we followed the fence line to Kentmere
Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick range looked spectacular in
the swirling clouds and the temperature inversion.
Ill Bell, Froswick
than continue along the ridge to Shipman
Knots and the Titherer Pass, we pioneered
a new route.
to have descended between the two paths
that Bryan knew but were totally obscured
was tricky- not frighteningly steep but
riddled with hidden holes and sneakily slippery
rocks to attack your slithering bottom.
we reached the valley road just as the moon was rising-
apparently in four days time it will be a Perigree Moon-
the largest since 1948.
at Kentmere Church
was getting dark when we reached the cars
parked by the Kentmere Church and drove
down to the Brewery in Staveley. We had
done well. A whole day with no mention
of "He Who".
the way home I put the CD player on.
had one of the grandchildren's songs on
be more accurate, it had one of my childhood
favourites that I had recorded for the grandchildren
was Mandy Miller.
she was singing Nellie
the Elephant packed her trunk
and said goodbye to
on, isn't the Elephant the symbol of the friends of
"He Who Shall Not Be Named"?
she went with a ......
No! No! That's He Who Shall Not Be Named!
(definitely not Don$$$)
Wednesday 9th November
My thanks to Bryan for using my camera to
take several of the photos because my hands were too
cold to click the button.
An interesting aspect of Nellie the Elephant is
that the rhythm and tempo of the song is often used
to teach people the rhythm of cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
requiring a beat of 100 compressions per minute. Apparently
it is important to make sure you give a good strong
push on each mention of "Nellie".
9th November 2016
climbed in feet:
Bield, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike
Martin, Robin, Terry
shown: Anquet Harveys 1:25k
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should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1639 .
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