Snowy High Pike… Made me Sick!

21 06 2020

Thu 27 Feb 2020
This was a deep and soft snow plod in early spring where I exhausted myself so thoroughly, I ended up with a COVID-type virus! You never know really as, even though they thought it started here at the end of March, they’re now saying they think it could have started a month earlier.

It’s certainly a warning not to overdo things when you’re not fit though! Read the rest of this entry »





Bannerdale Crags East Ridge – Stow Your Poles Please!

9 06 2020

Mon 8 Jun 2020
I was out on Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags yesterday when I saw an interesting rake I wanted to try above Bowscale Tarn and also had a yen to come back and do the exciting East Ridge of Bannerdale Crags. Today I went back and did just that… Read the rest of this entry »





The Lost & The Undressed (Archival)

21 03 2020

Having to put some archival posts out for a while as, even when I get properly back into the hills, I won’t be able to get any photos developed until the health crisis is over! 😦 Actually, re-reading it was interesting for me in re-visiting an older writing style – I actually think it’s quite bitchy in places but (hopefully) amusingly so! Read the rest of this entry »





Skiddaw How Gill Left Branch

20 12 2019

Tue 29 Oct 19
One of the rare, good-weather days in October – I decided it was high time I got myself up my local big-mountain, Skiddaw, as I hadn’t done him yet this year… 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 »





Wandhope (again) – Third Gill Exploration

2 08 2019

Mon 15 July 2019
My last walk to Wandhope was up the unremittingly steep Third Gill Ridge. While I was slogging my way up it, I was pretty fascinated by the gill down on my left – Third Gill itself. It looked really interesting and, lately, I’ve been very interested in exploring gills. Despite being my only day off of the week and feeling pretty tired (I’m currently working full and part-time), I decided the weather was too good and I must give it a go – I could always struggle slowly up it… Read the rest of this entry »





Hindscarth via Far Tongue Gill

27 07 2019

Sat 22 June 2019
After having an interview for my new job in Keswick in the afternoon, I planned to go down Newlands – I’d been on the fells a few weeks before and I’d seen a gill… Read the rest of this entry »





Wandhope – the Daftest Route I Could Find!

12 07 2019

Mon 10 June 2019
As I’ve done all the Wainwrights several times each (some probably hundreds of times), I’ve started looking for new, interesting routes. Wainwright’s guides are a good starting point – this is in his North-Western Fells book. I have to say he doesn’t really recommend it and, after doing it, I most definitely don’t – but it was interesting…

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Wandhope via Addacombe Hole

4 07 2019

Wed 15 May 2019
Since peering down into the abyss once from the summit of Wandhope, I’ve always been fascinated by the coombe or hanging valley of Addacombe Hole. I noted at the time that a path bravely set off down a little ridge at the edge of the hole but was put off by the steepness above and below the hole. Recently, since my hip improved, my ambitious streak has started up again and I suddenly decided it had to be done! Read the rest of this entry »