Saturday, 23 May 2009

Why I Do It

Slept well last night. Very still but damp. The more I use Big Aggie the more I love her little canvass toosh...The signs of being in hills alone are showing...
Got up at 6 to see what was happening but it wasn't an awful lot so snoozed in my bag for a bit. Bloody love doing that!
I went for a wonder to collect some water from a nearby stream coming off Greathead Crag and a couple of brews later and i'm thinking about my next move.
The weather forecast looks a bit dank and real life would agree but its been a lot worse. Think I.ll head up to High Raise and see what the dealio is then. Right, more camp chores...

8 comments:

John Hee said...

I share the sentiments. Hope High Raise wasn't its usual rainclad self

The Dude Abides said...

Hi John,

I'm afraid it was and Pavey Ark wasn't very inviting either. I ended up heading back down into Grasmere earlier than planned but it as still good to get out and pitch the tent.

This year has been a slow start in terms of getting out but things should pick up over the next few months.

Alan Sloman said...

It's good to get away - well done for making the effort when the forecast wasn't too chipper.

Why not choose a lower level route for the walk and pop in an FWA (Fine Weather Alternative) if it's sunny. It always works for me - that way you never feel disappointed if the weather is crap and you feel great to do a fine route if the weather is good.

John Hee said...

I agree Alan. The tops may be hell, but often the valley is clear. I'd have gone for Codale Tarn or even cut across Grasmere and up to Alcock Tarn

Nigel Gray said...

Hi Marcus, when did you get back? We went up to Stickle Tarn, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle on Monday and the weather was glorious. I was wondering where you headed after Easdale Tarn and half expected to bump into a bedraggled dude wondering around the summit. Been raining since Tues night though, so some retail therapy in Ambleside was in order today!

The Dude Abides said...

Hi Nigel,

It was a mad dash trip this one, so I got back late Saturday avi. It was a short but sweet night in the hills unfortunately but just glad to be out - as always.

So, about this retail therapy......what goodies did you buy?

John Hee said...

No kit, just a climbing biography

The Ambleside prices were just too steep for what I was after to be honest

Nigel Gray said...

Bit of a delayed response but I bought a NeoAir (medium) and some TNF Hedgehog XCR shoes in readiness for my wildcamp weekend in Wales (which I now need to write up!).