|The route taken by Phil G4OBK, Nick G4OOE and friend Geoff on 22nd July 2011|
It had been a good dry previous day on Blencathra I reflected, when we awoke to a showery day at our Bed and Breakfast Robinson Place Farm in Great Langdale. After a good feed we were ready to start walking from the nearby Old Dungeon Ghyll Car NT Car Park at 9:20am.
Our route can be found in the large format book "Walking with Wainwright" but I only realised that when Nick G4OOE told me about it when we returned home. I have that book (pictured right).
The route leaves the car park and follows a flat tarmac farm road to Stool End, from which we passed through a farm gate to start the climb up The Band, the actual path deviating somewhat from the public right of way shown on the OS map, nothing unusual in that in these parts! There was Geoff ahead, myself taking my time and Nick G4OOE bringing up the rear, all members of the Wainwright Society and Nick and I keen radio amateurs and WOTA activators. This really was a special day for me and the sun soon came out to celebrate allowing us to pack away our rain jackets for the climb on to Bow Fell.
|The fingerpost points the way from Old Dungeon Ghyll Car Park|
|This is Nick G4OOE the previous day on Blencathra LDW-014|
|Activating Esk Pike LDW-011 for WOTA|
So it was on to my last unique Wainwright, Rossett Pike LDW-115. A summit which had never been activated on amateur radio for WOTA. Somehow the summit had passed under the radar of other activators. I'm not sure why as AW devoted 8 pages to the summit in Book Four, The Southern Fells. We walked down towards Esk Hause, cutting off the corner off as the going was good, before doubling back down the valley to Angle Tarn, with Rossett Pike prominent in front of us.
|Phil G4OBK and friend Geoff reaching the top of Rossett Pike (Photo:G4OOE)|
|Cheers! A celebration on Rossett Pike|
The walk back down Mickleden returned us to the Old Dungeon Ghyll where we decided to return to later for our meal, the menu appearing more varied that at the New Dungeon Ghyll where we ate the previous night. However, this was the place where we planned to meet Geoff G4WHA and Mark MM1MPB, so we jumped into the car and drove the short distance back to the NDG. This is what we drank:
|Two pints of Wainwright landlord.....|
It has been an expensive business climbing all the Wainwrights, but the expense has been much reduced thankfully by my wife Judy who also enjoys fellwalking sharing the costs (but not all of the extreme fellwalking in bad weather!) and my friend Geoff who has gone halves on travelling expenses and sharing accommodation costs. So here are a few statistics from my 28 months spent climbing all 214 Wainwrights, all recorded on GPS:
Date Started: 23rd March 2009 (WOTA Scheme by G4ILO commenced on 21st March 2009)
Date finished all 214 Fells: 22nd July 2011
Number of walk days: 58
Distance walked (Measured by GPS): 499.85 miles
Total ascent: 165,515 feet
Average number of unique summits per walk day: 3.7
Average distance walked per day: 8.6 miles
Average ascent per day: 2850 feet
Number of WOTA activator contacts I made over period: 1882
Toughest Walk: Kirk Fell/Pillar/Scoat Fell/Steeple/Red Pike (Wasdale)/Yewbarrow: 10m 5250' ascent
Easiest Walk: Little Mell Fell: 0.7 mile 400' ascent
It was difficult for me to reach a decision on which was the toughest walk, but taking into account the severe weather conditions experienced in Wasdale on 1st April 2011 the walk above is what I decided was the toughest of the lot. We started our walk from Burnthwaite in Wasdale at 9.32am on that day and we finished it at Overbeck Bridge, Wasdale at 7.42pm. During the walk I fell and suffered a knee injury which took five months to heal, but thankfully this was not sore enough to stop me walking.
Anyway, back to New Dungeon Ghyll and after chatting on and off on 2m FM for most of the day the gang met up:
|Geoff, Phil (G4OBK), Geoff (GM4WHA) Mark (MM1MPB) thanks to Nick G4OOE who took the picture|
|Our best meal of the trip - Barnsley Chop with real chips at the ODG|