DIARY: The Lakeland Summary

There will be a lot to catch everyone up on when I return from England next week (hopefully having awakened happy after the post-Ultra coma). We have certainly had a productive week, following our “double Scafell ascent” walk on the first day with a “monster day” over eight Bob Graham peaks culminating in that gorgeous giant Great Gable (899m).

We moved then from Wasdale to Patterdale (without me getting a change to sample the local “W’asdale”) and got to work on more unfinished business as we set off for a long, at times tricky, scramble to Helvellyn (950m). Last here we had to abort because of horrendous conditions on the ridge but only midges and Striding Edge stood in our way and in good form we added in one of those “perfect mountains” Catstycam on the way home.

Thursday saw Aoife take another turn at the Fairfield Horseshoe as we again attended the sports fair that has survived modern times the best: Ambleside. She “slipped” from 2nd to 3rd compared to last year but mainly because of poor route choice from the legs and (I suspect) “Snowdon-legs” as she climbed well.

Well, lots of mountains in our legs (Aoife added in Latrigg while I sat here sipping chocolate-flake tea!) the lovely easy green hulk over Keswick often known as the little-brother of mighty Skiddaw (the Lake Districts fourth highest) which so impressed us when we ascended it in 2009.