Monday, 3 April 2017

Langdales two Nights out...Oscars 10th birthday

After last wknds excellent weather,it was expecting too much to get another one in before my family holiday,but i had agreed i would try and meet some of the Trek-lite lads who were out on the hills.
Sadly i was to find there rumoured "Bad weather trips" was not unfounded :)  

I managed to get home,packed and up to Langdale for 4 pm and was soon hoofing it up the valley,plan was to meet at Sprinkling tarn

The wind chased us up the valley with the hint of bad weather to come,i cut a bit off and followed the stream up,as the old path used to,i got about 2/3's of the way up before it hit..big gusting rain with a vary wind speeds.....i was glad it was at my back 

I was happy as i walked over the crest of the col to see some Cuben fastened to the hillside above Angle tarn,i got Oscar to bark and got a wave from a figure as i wondered down.two shelters were already pitched and i said my hellos quickly and after a chat in Rogs shelter i splashed off to find a pitch
Tea was a new one for me and mighty tasty it was too,once shelter was up it  filled and warmed me up.There made with natural local produce and i have to say ill be adding some of these to my larder stock (
The two lads had left Spinkling due to the gusty winds and moved on to here but the ground was saturated every where

On my 3 rd brew i heard an "Hello" and met the last member of team Aqua Trek-lite.....Cass had searched Sprinkling tarn then moved on too Angle tarn.. he soon was taking shelter from the horrid weather too

I stayed under the TS well into the morning not moving on till 9-30 sadly team Aqua Trek-lite,had to go on as they had family things on...another time 

Once they had left it started to improve and wasn't to bad a day.I walked on to the Hause then over Esk pike,Bowfell and the Crinkles and decided to camp on Cold pike,giving me time to dry out a little gear first too

Oscar had turned 10 on Saturday and was happy to have a late afternoon and pre-tea snooze

I,d recently been chatting to some twitter people about his chair kit,and decided to try one...very impressed its on the kit list for my Sweden trip  

Later on it cleared out but a biting cold wind made the finger ends tingle as i stumbled about trying out some nice pictures

Dawn was much cooler than of late,this view of camp looking to th Coniston range

Sunrise didn't really come off but the moving mist and promise of warm weather more than made up for it 

Bowfel and the Crinkles catching the first of the days light 

The wet ground and move over to Trail shoes for the none winter months was making for cold toes,so i used a tested method, warm socks on top of pot boiling water up,put on quickly the split water half for a last brew and for rest over your trail shoes while wearing works a treat

I didn't have much left to do so decided to go over Pike o Blisco and bag a little peak on the other side thats been alluding me for a long while now

It was a lovely day now as i sloshed my way down some very wet ground

Under a warm blue sky we sloshed our way down and over to Kettle crag the last peak of the day,what a great view it gave to from such a small peak

Lastly heres a vid i did of the trip,thanks for looking and safe travels Peter and Oscar dog 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Torver to Grey Friar along the tops,wild camp

 This year i suffered with sciatica for the first time,along with a dire winter I've not been out much in last few months.But this wknd was to good to miss

An early start saw the car tell me it was -2c on the drive up,it was 5c when i set off from Trover under a stunning blue sky

As it turned out there was one thing i hadn't packed,expecting it to me much cooler on the tops trusty Montane summer cap 

I soon topped out on the top of Walna scar track so popped over to the Walna scars small summit as i love the view

It was only  9 am and was already 17c and no breeze,i was wishing  i had a sun hat

The Conistons looked fantastic under the blue skies,this from Dow crag

A nice walk along the tops showed just how much snow had fallen the other week,lots of knee deep stuff about,it had been firm uphill 10 but after that was soft going 

Four o'clock saw me all pitched up it was a stunning evening,with a real strong after glow which lasted nearly 45 mins after sun down 

I had along a new meal to try and must admit it was tasty,I've another one to try yet,hydrated well and kept me full

Looking back towards my home town Barrow

Google photos randomly altered one of my pics,but i quite like it

Around this time i got a message from Kate Tyler checking to see what i was doing on her stomping ground!  Even though she had been out friday nite,she shot out after work again and was over on Wetherlam summit...we waved  in the dark to each other 

All day you could easily see Northern Wales,Isle of man and the Dumfries coast line

So i turned over to watch some stuff on my phone but looked back out gone 10 pm to go and take some night shots I was surprised to see someone bivied up 20 ft from the Trailstar.It was Sarah Turner who after a late start had whizzed up over the Old man and round to Grey Friar..we chatted for a while and again in the morning 

Took a few night shots but think i need to start using Light room if I'm going to get similar results,but not sure i can be bothered just yet

Dawn was a subtle affair with the temp only dropping down 4 or 5c but a fresh wind that started mid evening was helping to keep the fingers aching while snapping off pictures

It was turning into another stunning day...two days on the bounce 


A sad place but it looked rather nice with just the cairn showing,i try to always visit when nearby  

Id followed my route back exactly but decided to drop down steeply to visit Blind tarn as it had been a while since id been 

The temps were climbing again,mad for March really

Heres a video of the trip,Youtube seems to auto drop the quality,so best to change it to HD before playing for best viewing 

Thanks for looking and safe travels Peter and Oscar