Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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Mischief Night – a Northern Tradition or a British One?

2 11 2019

4th of November
One of my favourite nights of the year when I was a child was ‘Mischief Night’ – the night before Plot (or bonfire) night so 4th November. I’m not sure whether this was a Northern thing or a British thing so please feel free to leave comments about what you got up to if you had a mischief night when you were kids… Read the rest of this entry »





Bloody Snow?!

26 10 2019

Sat 26 Oct 2019
I read yesterday in the news that there was snow on Cairngorm in Scotland – I was pretty surprised as that’s ridiculously early for Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »





A Hard-bitten Walker on the Bowscale to Souther Fell Round

20 10 2019

Tue 17 Sep 2019
I’d been wanting to do this full round for ages and, as it was lovely weather this particular day, decided it was as good a day as any! As usual, it was mid afternoon before I set off so that ruled out adding Blencathra – as it turned out, that was probably a good thing…


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Eskdale – Climbing Crags Exploration & Muncaster Fell

9 10 2019

Back in springtime (when I had money to go away with!)

This was a mini-break Richard and I had to Boot in Eskdale where I have an hotel I’m particularly fond of – especially their food! Eskdale is also just about my favourite Lakeland valley… Read the rest of this entry »





Swindale Outlying Wainwrights

30 09 2019

Tue 18 June 2019
I’d been having a read of my Outlying Wainwrights book as I have a few to finish and saw this round which, in the book and on the map, looked really nice. Now I’ve got my precious old Nissan Sunny back after his month-long (and very expensive) MOT, it was time we went car-camping! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »





Not Loving Shepherds Crag Climbing

11 09 2019

My new climbing club’s last Tue evening meet for the year – it was a supposedly easy crag so I thought I’d best attend. I have to admit to quite a bit of trepidation though as, although I’d always been told Shepherds Crag was easy-peasy and all the beginners went there, I’d never liked what I’d seen of it from a distance! Read the rest of this entry »





Climbing My Local Quarry at Last!

25 08 2019

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Since I moved up to Cumbria two and half years ago, I’ve been dying to get at my local quarry for climbing. I’ve got so frustrated waiting sometimes that I’ve just scrambled up some of the easier routes without a rope. I decided I needed to join a club and then I can get to climb it properly and chose Keswick Mountaineering Club – mainly because they had it on their meets list.


Head End Quarry, Sandale
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