Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Quarterly do - Equinox

I know that EtU is unavailable until well into October but the Equinox does fall around Sept 22nd. As my better half has taken the evening off from Guide Dogs we shall be going out to celebrate a non-signifiant birthday on Friday 22nd. We are happy to go the the Black Horse at Limbrick. If any others would like to join us, it will be wonderful. If the numbers need us to book some tables, we can do so. We could go somewhere else but have always enjoyed the Black Horse. I'll also email as the blog is not as frequently used as once upon a time.
BTW, is anyone, else apart from TM and I, taking part in the Red Rose 50 this coming Saturday?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Another day in the Lakes

The TF has almost finished her Wainwrights and following last month's very successful outing to the Far Eastern fells, she decided to arrange another trip. There were two options, four peaks in the Northern fells if the weather was good, or six in the Western fells if it wasn't.
The forecast was dire and the whole trip was in doubt until late Monday when it was decided to risk the Western option and so I picked EtU up at our Jn 36 rendezvous, and we met up with the TF in Keswick about an hour later. Last month we travelled by boat to the start of our run, this time it was by bus, which I would highly recommend; scenic and relaxing.
We arrived in Buttermere and set off round Crummock Water in "that rain what gets you wet." Conditions underfoot were no better and within half a mile we had all given up trying to avoid the wet sections as we were already soaked. A long and slightly tedious slog up to Floutern Pass ( which can only be described as a morass) was followed by an enjoyable climb to Hen Comb, our first summit. We then had to find our way in very poor visibility to Gavel Fell and were temporarily confused by a small hill called Floutern Cap, but the TF is an excellent navigator and she soon had us on the right path to Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell. The weather had improved by this stage but we had fallen behind schedule due to the weather and the conditions underfoot, and a decision was taken to abandon the last two peaks (Fellbarrow and Low Fell) and head for the Kirkstile Inn instead.
A much needed cup of tea and a warm by an open fire revived our spirits and we jogged the last 1.5 miles to catch the bus back to Keswick. The TF is now down to 4 Wainwrights left to climb, and EtU and I are looking forward to joining her when she completes them.
Watch this space.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A Grand Day in the Lakes

Despite living within an hour of the Lakes, I have hardly visited it since my return north, so I was well keen to join the TF on her day out last Friday. EtU kindly picked me up at jn 36 and we met the TF at Glenridding in good time for a cuppa before our boat trip. We had a very pleasant 35min cruise along Ullswater to Howtown before setting of up the steep climb to our first summit of Steel Knotts. There then followed some desperate manoeuvres in the waist high bracken before a steady climb on to Roman road just south of Wether Hill.
At this point the weather was most unAugustlike and we put on our spare clothes for a food break at which both EtU and the TF tried to poison me by eating bananas. Perhaps they were trying to tell me something! A long steady run brought us to High Raise, then Rampsgill Head ( I also "bagged" Kidsty Pike in order to avoid the bananas), then The Knott and Rest Dodd.
At this point EtU confirmed what I have known for years: that he is a very sensible chap indeed. The TF wanted to add The Nab to her Wainwright summits which involved an out and back run of just over 2 miles, but EtU said he would give it a miss. A very wise choice as to say it was damp underfoot would be an understatement. We ran/swam our way to The Nab but avoided the worst of the morass by taking a wider line on our return.
The TF is a superb navigator and found a grassy trod to Angletarn Pikes and down to Boardale Hause where we reunited with EtU before the descent to Patterdale and then along the road to Glenridding for tea and cakes.
Thanks to Julie for the idea and the route planning,  to Ed for the lift, and to both for making it a grand day out.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Outing Friday 4th August

I'm planning a summer outing for Friday 4th August with a little twist.

I have a few Wainwrights to tick off, namely Steel Knotts, Rest Dodd, The Nab and Brock Crags.

The starting point for the route will be at the pier in Glenridding. So perhaps the astute ones will realise that the little twist involves a trip on the Ullswater Steamer across to Howtown where we'll swap water for Fell and return to Glenridding via the aforementioned tops. The boat leaves at 9:45am (first one, cost £6:80) gets in Howtown about 10:20am and the Fell route is approx 12m, ft of climb will depend on route taken, but I'm guessing about 4-5hrs at a steady pace.

The definitive Fell route will depend on weather conditions on the day, ideally taking a higher route via Rampsgill Head and a little out'n'back to nab The Nab. Poorer conditions may dictate a drop to the valley from Steel Knotts. Last 1-2m may have to be along the road unless you fancy a swim back to the pier.

Expressions of interest will do for now, as firm numbers won't be required until nearer the time when weather conditions will be more certain.

EtU and TLoB have shown their hand, with EtU prepared to help with co-ordinating the car-share as I'm planning to stay up for the weekend and will be there early to get the tickets for the boat.

Will keep you posted for any further info

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Coope's Dozen Sat 29th July 2017

This year's round will be, as per established tradition, on the Saturday before the Borrowdale race; that is, on Saturday 29th July.

I will publicise this run on other forums, but please also publicise by word of mouth if you get the opportunity.

I have another running commitment later that day, so won't be doing much of the round, but I will be at the start to help get things under way.

There will be a small group of us 'running' a low key Dozen on Saturday 22nd July but the 29th will be the main event. Anyone planning to do both?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Quarterly 'Do'

I have booked us into the Black Horse at Limbrick for a week on Friday - 21st of July.

That is just one calendar month after the due date.

I was asked how many of us will there be, and I had to say there'd be anything between 3 and 20. If you plan to come please let me know, then the pub can fine tune our seating arrangements.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 (= Half Ironman)

No, I have not suddenly become a triathlete  but thought it worthy to post up a link to my daughter Diane's posting of the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 held last weekend. She originally entered the Ironman UK which will be held in these parts the weekend after next but decided that she wouldn't have the time for the training so switched to the easier option of half distance, or so she thought! Read on ...