Top of the Sour Milk Gill cascades

This is the end of Gillercomb: the point at which Sour Milk Gill throws itself into Borrowdale below.

The weather was terrible, particuarly on Sunday, but although that caused some misery and chill, I still managed to walk about 19.8 miles over the weekend, bag 9 fells and take a substantial step toward completing this project on schedule (Jan 2013). The 9 fells comprised the High Stile and Great Gable ranges, and walk 60 was broken by a night at the atmospheric and highly convenient (for walkers) Black Sail youth hostel. As with all these two-day hikes, of which this was the third, I have broken it into two pages on here: Walk 60a (High Stile) and walk 60b (Great Gable). Enjoy.

As of today, then, I have bagged 191 of the 214 Wainwrights, thus have 23 to go. I have walked approximately 610.48 miles (passing the 600-mile point at about Red Pike, on Saturday) and have climbed approximately 178,538 feet.

Caldbeck Fells bagged

July 26, 2012

Criffell, from High Pike

Criffell, the southernmost Scottish mountain, from High Pike. Best shot I could get that encapsulated High Pike’s magnificent view.

The Caldbeck Fells sit in the north-eastern corner of the district which, luckily for me, was about the only part of the region not draped in cloud and rain yesterday. Though this dismal summer continues, I nevertheless managed to bag 3 more fells yesterday. The highlight was the stupendous view from High Pike, one of the best I have seen on these walks.Read about it on the walk 59 page and the individual fell pages: Carrock Fell, High Pike and Knott.

As of today, then, I have bagged 182 of the 214 Wainwrights, thus have 32 to go. I have walked a total of 590.64 miles and ascended approximately 171,919 feet.

My next walk is booked in, I have a 2-day hike to do this coming weekend which will  – hopefully! – see me bag 9 fells, including Great Gable, the highest Wainwright I have yet to bag. Details published on Monday, if I make it…

Building on the old rifle range

Building on the old rifle range, north of Great Mell Fell

Plans to go for a walk in June were scuppered again and again by awful weather, which I really don’t want to talk about. Today, I cracked, and went anyway: the weather was OK, nothing great, but at least not dreadful. The three fells bagged on walk 58Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell – are all pretty minor: hence the name of the walk. There’s no rock to handle, no spectacular vistas, but it’s all pleasant enough.

As of today, then, I have bagged 179 of the 214 Wainwrights: thus have 35 to go. I have walked 575.79 miles and ascended approximately 169,137 feet (getting on for six times the height of Everest).