Sunday, 30 June 2013

Old County Tops from High Moss

Ian and Tom completed this 42 mile route over Coniston Old Man, Hellvellyn and Scafell Pike in slightly less than perfect conditions.  Keith and I joined them at Wythburn for the final 17 miles over Scafell Pike, back to High Moss, the Rucksack Club hut in the Duddon Valley,

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Arriving in the Duddon Valley, Friday night

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At High Moss

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25 miles down – 17 to go!

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Keith and Tom – about to set off from Wythburn – leg 2 for Tom

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At the head of Wythburn

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Heading up to the last summit

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Job Done – Scafell Pike, well almost a few more miles back to Duddon!

Full set of pics here

Leaving High Moss

After the constant drizzle of yesterday the clouds promised more of the same – a leisurely breakfast and packing of stuff before the drive back to Thirlmere to pick up a car en route for home.  A few snaps from outside the door of High Moss.

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The back gate

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Garden Wall

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Garden feature!

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Front gate

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Good Men and True…

even they have to bow to the power of nature.  And this was the case on Saturday for Albert’s attempt at a Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge.  Ian has posted a bit more on his blog about the day.  I think the pictures tell the story.  Hugely disappointing for Albert who was running very strong – another day!

A brief glimmer of hope at Pooley Bridge when a rainbow appeared.

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It’s all about the time

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Setting off from Pooley Bridge

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but this was the reality – they’re up there somewhere

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Looking down Ullswater

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Lake shore

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Mark trying to batten down the hatches at Kirkstone

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Waiting

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Dunmail

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A splash of sunshine before the torrential rain appeared again

The conditions on the day will always determine the outcome of these extreme challenges.  We will all be back to support Albert’s attempt next time Smile

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Ian’s Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge

Ian decided to spend his big Birthday completing a JNC.  Fantastic day on the fells for all concerned.  Here’s a link to the full set of images from the day.  This involves climbing 30 tops, crossing some 48 miles of mountain terrain and ascending nearly 17000 feet.  The route starts in Pooley Bridge, Ullswater and finishes at Greendale Bridge, Wasdale.  Ian had eighteen hours to complete and came in just over two hours under at 15hrs 57mins – well done that man!

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Dawn on the way up to Kirkstone Pass

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Waiting at Dunmail Raise

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Second leg runners Richard (L) and Karl (R) with Keith doing a stirling job centre  Karl also did the first leg with Leigh

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Third leg runners Penny and Rhiannon

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Karl and Ian at Dunmail

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Joss setting off from Wasdale

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Joss at Sty Head

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Monica, Colin and Josie -  Monica was the second runner after Joss to complete the Challenge and will always be the first lady

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Heading up onto Great Gable

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Emerging from Red Gully

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Looking back to Great Gable

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Still smiling

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Joss leading the way

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Josie (behind) with Albert and Bill – look closely to see the Bob Graham team on their way out to the summit of Steeple

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Ian approaching the summit of Seatallan where the team are waiting

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The last climb onto Middle Fell

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In the sunshine on Middle Fell – job done

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Just the final run in to the tiny hamlet Greendale Bridge

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Line ‘em up – Birthday celebrations on Greendale Bridge

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Joss, Ian, Bill and Albert

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Cheers everybody!

David, Pauline (me), Joss, Ian, Tony, Josie, Bill, Albert and Keith (kneeling)

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… and finally Red heart

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Winter Hill – Saturday

Lovely morning on the moors with Julie, Ed and Gordon.  Cleared a fallen tree from one of the paths in the Chinese Gardens – good deed done.  On and up over Rivington Pike, over to Two Lads and up to the trigpoint on Winter Hill.  From the summit down to Horderns Stoop where the marshalls were setting up the checkpoint for the White Bear Way LDWA event.  Up onto Spitler’s Edge before heading out to find the summit of Old Adam before returning over Spitler’s and down to the ruins of Hempshaws farm before heading back via Dangerous corner to the Lower Barn. 

The highlight of the run was getting a shot of a Meadow Pipit chick – obviously been watching too much Springwatch!

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Winter Hill summit from Rivington Pike

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Meadow Pipit chick – snack for the kestrel we saw close by

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Winter Hill Mast

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A rare sight Darwen Tower in sunshine

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Great skies today

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Heading out to Old Adam

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Anglezarke Reservoir from Old Adam

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The ruined farmstead of Hempshaws below Winter Hill

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White Bear Way runners catching up with some of the walkers