2019 Stats Post/Happy New Year!

30 12 2019

Feel free to add your own stats in the comments below…

Lots of hills this year but no Scottish trips at all – in fact, not many trips at all…

This year was mainly about gill exploration! (click on photo for full size)


Wainwright Reascents: 60
Wainwright Outlying: 16
Other: 23
Hill grand total: 99
(although I might add another one tomorrow!)

Scottish trips: 0
Car Camping trips: only 1 night 😦
English trips: 8
After-work hills: 9 πŸ™‚
Gills explored: 5
Unusual routes: 2 (not including the gill routes which are rarely ascended – in fact, I think one was completely unexplored)

Outdoor climbs: 1 Severe, 6 V.Diffs, 3 Diffs, 1 panic attack!

Dog bites on the hill: 1
Vandalised cars: 1 (my poor old faithful Sunny)

Inactive days for our wonderful local wind farm – just 7 πŸ™‚

As you may see from the above totals, gill exploration is my new hobby (at the drier times of the year) – I insist on summiting a hill either before or after but gills are appealing to me as an exciting new way up things πŸ™‚ I prefer them unexplored if possible but most things have been done here in the Lakes so that isn’t often possible.

This year (up north at any rate) has been absolutely dire weather-wise – I honestly think it’s been the worst year I’ve ever experienced (worse even than 2013 was). I’ve had a quick count of how many proper sunny days we’ve had between March and October (inclusive) – by proper, I mean it should have been hot enough to venture outdoors in a t-shirt at ground level. Anyway, in the 8 months, we’ve had 25 nice days! That’s all! 😦

Due to semi-retiring this year and going part-time locally, I had 2 months where I had to work both full and part-time. This was mostly 7 days a week including travelling 100 miles to Skipton and back for my full-time job. Pretty tiring.

I also had 2 months where my pension money didn’t come through so had to live off my part-time wage (a little over Β£300 per month) – not really do-able but I managed. This taught me how to live on virtually nothing!

My hip has been great – no problems whatsoever. My other hip, which is supposedly worn, has been delighted to have a working companion and has improved enormously…

Since I moved to a properly rural area, my chest has been very good and I haven’t had any trouble with it at all (although my lung capacity will always now be ‘restricted’). This is a great change from a couple of years ago when they were diagnosing me as having COPD (obstructed lungs) – I’m hoping I haven’t after all…

Hope you all have a great 2020 and thank you for reading πŸ™‚


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12 01 2020
tessapark1969

Missed this somehow. Happy new year!

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2 01 2020
jester1970

That’s a grand year of walking you’ve had. Here’s hoping that 2020 is even better. All the best.

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3 01 2020
mountaincoward

Thanks Jester – I hope we get better weather anyway this year. I think Scotland did much better than us weatherwise in 2019 and that’s unusual…

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31 12 2019
Alli Templeton

Looks as though, weather and pension delays notwithstanding, and the odd inevitable hassle, it’s been a good year for you. Glad to hear the hip is doing so well (99 hills – that’s amazing!) and that you’re living in such a lovely place now, even if the weather hasn’t done it justice yet. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading about all your adventures and look forward to more when I come back from my short break from blogging. In the meantime, I wish you a very Happy New Year, Carol, and all the best for an adventurous and exciting 2020. πŸ™‚

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31 12 2019
mountaincoward

I’m not planning on cutting down on the adventurousness anyway πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a great 2020 too…

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31 12 2019
Alli Templeton

Glad to hear it. Thanks, Carol. πŸ™‚

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31 12 2019
Jim R

Best to you in 2020.

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31 12 2019
Blue Sky Scotland

A very interesting account Carol. I scrape by on half that per month at the moment. Thank the lord for free buses and an eventual state pension hopefully as a top up.. It’s grim up north!.
Happy New Year.

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31 12 2019
mountaincoward

If you haven’t got a state pension yet, how come you get free buses? I know me and Richard never will 😦

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1 01 2020
Blue Sky Scotland

Bus pass at 60-State pension at 66 or later…. if they raise it again and privatize NHS, handing it over to USA to run. That would not surprise me one bit. Worth billions in any future trade deal.

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1 01 2020
mountaincoward

Wow! that proves that you have more sensible ‘laws’ in Scotland – getting your bus pass at 60 even if not retired. I wish our lot would see sense – it would stop us all driving around in our cars worsening climate change for a start if we could take public transport. It’s too expensive to use the bus here though – it would cost me Β£11.50 per day to get to work which, on a part-time wage, isn’t do-able at all! 😦

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30 12 2019
Paul Shorrock

Well, you’ve had a busier hill year than I have, but good to hear that the health issues are sorted.

Best wishes for the new year – Blywyddyn Newydd Dda!

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31 12 2019
mountaincoward

thank you – and a belated Nadolig Llawen! πŸ˜‰

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30 12 2019
underswansea

Impressive stats. Although it seems your dog bites and panic attacks are getting lower. All the best I am looking forward to your adventures in 2020! Take care out there.

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31 12 2019
mountaincoward

My dog bites are going up I think – so much so, I’m starting to get wary of strange dogs – I never was before. I only had a panic attack on that crag which turned out to be much harder and higher than I initially thought – I don’t normally have them. Hope you have a great 2020

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