Wednesday, 11 November 2009
48. Raise LDW-012 2897'
49. White Side LDW-016 2831'
B4. Helvellyn LDW-003 3117'
50. Birkhouse Moor LDW-078 2356'
Phil & Geoff walked 9.3 miles with 3250 ft ascent
Looking down Brown Cove across Patterdale to Place Fell
This was the walk on which I climbed my last fell from the Eastern area pictorial guide, Birkhouse Moor LDW-078. This was the last of our Wainwright Walks of the year due to the heavy snow which fell in December which prevented us doing a walk that we had planned for between Xmas and New Year..
We took a 35 minute lunch break in the comfortable shelter on Helvellyn, LDW-003 (also SOTA LD-003) and completed ten contacts, incuding my first QSO of the day with David (Dai) 2E0DAI/P on Coniston Old Man (LDW-030). We moved off and descended on to Striding Edge. Knowing that Dai was going across Brim Fell (LDW-037) soon after we left the shelter I left the radio switched on. Soon I heard Dai break the squelch and call me before I had dropped too far down, and we easily made the contact.
It was exhilarating on Striding Edge that day, there was little wind and it was safe enough to actually walk the ridge on the top, which I was unable to do the last time I crossed it. We reached the Hole in the Wall and continued on to Birkhouse Moor LDW-078 where I made four contacts to complete bagging the Easter Area Fells for WOTA. I struggled with two of the contacts - Mike G4BLH in Brierfield and Sue G1OHH in Lancaster, owing to close presence of St Sunday Crag and the Helvellyn range to the lower location of Birkhouse Moor, but by moving slightly around the ill defined Birkhouse Moor summit we were able to exchange reports.
Posted by Phil G4OBK at 23:59