New photos on galleries

January 30, 2011

I’ve updated the photos on each of the photo galleries, taken out some of the chaff… enjoy…

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31 walks and 99 fells done

January 30, 2011

Gibson Knott summit: Joe and a family of walkers

A friendly family of walkers look amused at Joe's pained expression, on the top of Gibson Knott

A beautiful winter’s day in the Lake District yesterday, too good to miss out on. Joe – on the right in this picture, showing a pained expression – and I went on a fairly short but beautiful walk near Grasmere, up to the fascinating summit of Helm Crag, known also as the ‘The Lion and the Lamb’ after some rocks on its summit. See the details on the walk 31 page as well as the pages on Gibson Knott and Helm Crag.

After three day-trips in January I have now done 99 of the 214 Wainwright fells. I have 115 to go – but more significantly, whichever one is climbed next will take me to the century. I have some candidates, but it probably won’t be a particularly significant mountain. The walk is due to happen in mid-February some time, so let’s just see how it turns out. I have walked a total of 290.3 miles and ascended approximately 87,487 feet.

The cascades of Sour Milk Gill

The cascades of Sour Milk Gill, in Easdale

No time to rest if I’m to keep up with my planned schedule so yesterday off I went again, this time to Grasmere, for a 10-mile walk to High Raise and back. I bagged 5 fells to take the total to 97 out of the 214 Wainwright fells (thus I have 117 to go); I am approaching the century, therefore. I have walked a total of 284.76 miles and climbed approximately 86,046 feet.

Read about this on the walk 30 page. Do have a look at the individual fell pages as well (e.g. Tarn Crag), which have photos and information not included on the main walk page and which therefore supplement it. Also, if you’re on Facebook, you can join my Facebook group (“Drew Walks the Lake District”) to get updates.

2011: off to a good start

January 7, 2011

Wetherlam

Wetherlam, doing a passable Everest imitation

No, I did not go up the impressive lump of snow-covered rock pictured here – this is Wetherlam (which I did in rather milder conditions back on walk 6 in September 2009). Actually I ascended Lingmoor Fell, which is rather more modest – though it still took me 9 miles to do it. Once again, however – for about the fifth walk in a row – the weather was excellent for photography giving many opportunities for dramatic pictures like the one here. Have a look at my efforts on the walk 29 page.

As of today then, I have climbed 92 of the 214 Wainwright fells, thus have 122 to go. I have walked 274.83 miles and climbed approximately 82,972 feet. Next walk will be on whatever day between about 18th – 27th January looks like it will have the best conditions…