This Weeks Stats & Diary
30/01/11 Fell Run - The Loweswater Fells (see below); 9 miles & 2,500 feet of ascent
28/01/11 Run, Solway Beaches - 7 miles on a fine cold afternoon, another special sunset
28/01/11 Teaching SRT - full day of ropework with R&R, very cold! Then out for the above run
26/01/11 Caving - Bull Pot of the Witches
25/01/11 Bike - 7 miles
23/01/11 Static Bike - 12 mile
|Run||Bike||Walk||(all in miles)|
|Ascent (run/walk) this week||3500|
Its been a really good week, back caving / mining plus a full day of SRT on the surface; plus great running in the Loweswater Fells & on the Solway Coast. I must admit that body, mind & spirit are ready for the couple of days of activity rest that are now planned.
Fell Run (30/01/11)
With: on my own
Weather: still, quiet & cold (zero degC at Loweswater) but a keen north westerly made fell top conditions very cold; summits were cloud free
I followed one of Andrew Leaney's routes (http://www.leaney.org/) in reverse with a minor modification between Gavel Fell & Hen Comb which extended the route very slightly:
|Attempt to show photo overview of area from just outside Loweswater|
Another short section with a frustrating loss of height brought me to Gavel Fell from where I deviated slightly from the Leaney route shown in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the bog between Gavel & Hen Comb. However, the frozen ground once again did help to alleviate "bog issues" to some extent.
Its worth mentioning that this is new new territory for me & I was well impressed with the area, the fells themselves are yet another area of Lakeland that could be described as slightly more "Pennine" in character.
Anyway out of the bog & after having surrendered most of my height I began the ascent of Hen Comb - tussock grass; part frozen ground & steep ascent prevented me from running much of this section. The summit of Hen Comb yielded excellent views into the heart of the Lake District. I then once again descended to the West to pick up the miners / drovers (?) track above the beck - good fluid running back to the car.
Gavel Fell summit & below views into the Lake District from Hen Comb.
2,500 feet ascent
2 hours 45 min (pleased with this)
Wainwrights - four
Venue: Bull Pot of Witches
With: Kevin Marsh; Ferg & Ian Wallace
BPOW is a bit of a bimble really but on a cold night with frequent heavy showers & four cavers returning after a long lay-off it was a good venue. Four pitches: starting from the tree down to the sump & back by SRT
|Me & Ian|
Centre Life (http://www.blaithwaite.co.uk/)
Beware - Men at Work:!
Kay & I went out for a drive around Buttermere this afternoon, mocha at the Bridge Hotel can be recommended. Kay took her camera - a bit of a photo tour: