Month: July 2008

All July 2008 Posts

Walks

Staggering up Scafell Pike

Probably the toughest walk of the year for me yesterday (Sunday), what with the heat and the choice of route. I’d elected to walk-in through Eskdale and then ascend via

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Walk Report: Scafell Pike

Date: 27th Jul 2008 Stats: 11.5 miles, 3400 feet Weather: Low lying mist to begin, then bright, hot and sunny, clouding over later Trig Points: 1: TP5828 – Sca Fell

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Burnt on Great Gable

The hottest day of the year so far saw Tex, his friend Mark and I on Great Gable today. We walked up from the Slate Mine at Honister, over the little visited

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Walk Report: Great Gable

Date: 25th Jul 2008 Stats: 6.0 miles, 2400 feet Weather: Sunny and hot all day, windy is places Trig Points: 0 Wainwrights: 4: Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable

General

Death on Jack’s Rake

I noticed the BBC announced the death of a walker on Jack’s Rake last week. Having done the scramble only recently it makes me wonder just what he was doing

General

The Real Monarch…

I don’t know if anyone has been watching the BBC Scotland series called “The Real Monarch of The Glen”? One of the beauties of digital TV (certainly Sky), is the

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Snowdon?…. Where?

Tex Gore and I battled our way onto the summit of Wales’ highest peak yesterday, through 35 mph winds (accurately measured with the new toy) and 10 yard visibility to

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Walk Report: Snowdon

Date: 19th Jul 2008 Stats: 8.0 miles, 3000 feet Weather: Overcast all day, warm in valley, but cold and windy on top, rain later Trig Points: 1: TP6043 – Snowdon

Gear

My new toy

My birthday present arrived this morning and although it’s not been properly field tested yet, I’m very impressed with it. It’s wonderfully light and tiny and fits easily into one

Gear

My birthday present

When you get to my age it’s nearly impossible for loved ones to know what to get you for your birthday. Let’s face it in today’s modern consumer age, when

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Walk Report: Helvellyn via Striding Edge

Date: 12th Jul 2008 Stats: 10.0 miles, 3400 feet Weather: Cloudy to begin, clearing steadily, cold on top and warm in valley Trig Points: 1: TP3724 – Helvellyn Wainwrights: 4:

Long Distance Paths

WHW & GGW Journal

For those interested, the journal is coming along slowly. I’ve written up the first 5 days so far and that took almost no time at all. I was in the

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Walk Report: Ben Lawers

Date: 8th Jul 2008 Stats: 7.0 miles, 3000 feet Weather: Overcast and grey to begin, but warming gradually and sunny towards the end Trig Points: 1: TP1281 – Ben Lawers

Gear

End of an era

It’s always a sad moment when something comes to the end of it’s life and so it was on Saturday afternoon as I arrived back at the car following a

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Gragareth & Great Coum

As I expected, today’s weather was pretty foul and Metcheck had it almost right. The wind was much stonger than predicted and the rain didn’t start until about 2 hours

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Walk Report: Gragareth

Date: 5th Jul 2008 Stats: 14.5 miles, 2000 feet Weather: Overcast, very windy, gale force on summits, heavy rain for last hour Trig Points: 3: TP6551 – Tow Scar, TP3427

General

Typical weekend weather

Why is it that the weather is great all week and then turns nasty at the weekend? Whilst sitting in the car or the house or the office at work all week