Sunday, 28 June 2015

Michele’s Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge


An eventful 24 hours on the Lakeland Fells supporting Michele in her successful JNLC.  This 48 mile route with over 17,000ft of climbing is not for the faint hearted and Michele’s training and determination paid off on the day allowing her to complete her ‘Joss’ well within the allocated time for her age category.  A privilege to play a minor part in it  : )


Arriving at Dunmail Raise for support changeover


Looking strong at Dunmail Raise – the halfway point.  24 miles done – 24 to go!




No. 1 trainer and husband Albert doing what has to be done – change of socks and shoes for next leg


Sheer determination and focus to claw a way up Steel Fell from Dunmail – that look!


That’s the climb – Michele leading the way


Weather beginning to close in – Helm Crag or the Lion and the Lamb from Dunmail


Mark at Sty Head on support having completed Leg 1


Graeme, leading them in at Sty Head  -  his job done, now for a pint at Wasdale Head Inn


Andy knows he’s in it for the next leg too – quick food stop


Here she comes a round of applause led by Tony – both he and Albert will continue to the end Smile


Determined now – that’s 35 miles in the bag and just 13 to go


Daughter Abigail in red has done a sterling job on support and  encourages a bit more fuel to be taken on board


Quick drink and they’re off


Now cold and with zero visibility on the tops – Ian will navigate over the required summits.  Tony descending over the boulders of Great Gable


Into the void with Andy




A successful completion and into the arms of Joss!


At Greendale Bridge




Heroes one and all – unfortunately one supporter took a fall on Seatallan sustaining head injuries resulting in a callout to Mountain Rescue.  Tony was evacuated to Carlisle Hospital where he was treated for his injuries which turned out to be superficial.   After a night in hospital Tony is now home and recovering well.  This can happen to the best equipped and most experienced of people and we’re all extremely grateful to the Wasdale, and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Teams for their help and assistance


Taxi for Mr Varley!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Munro Bagging from Aviemore

Sgor Gaoith - Day 1

A nice little warm up to bag the first Munro of our trip to the Cairngorms with a round trip of just over eleven miles and 3,437 ft of climbing.  The outstanding feature of hte week was the strong winds and cold temperatures making it seem like February instead of May.  The high mountains holding fast to their wintry conditions gave spectacular views - beautiful, challenging and rewarding : )

Clouds on the summit

Summit Ridge


Winter arrives

Another Top

Looking down to Loch Einich

Beinn a Chaorainn & Beinn Tealiach - Day 2

A total of fifteen and a half miles today to reach two more Munros.  A failed attempt to get onto Creag Meagaidh due to 'The Window' still being fill of snow.   Better safe than sorry to Plan B - retreat to thecar and a short drive up the road to the start of the walk in to Beinn a Chaorainn, notoriious for its cornices on the east ridge, waiting to trap the unwary mountaineer in poor visibility.  A long way down to climb up again to the second Munro of Beinn Tealiach.  Back to base to plan an alternative route onto Creag Meagaidh for Tuesday.

No problems today as Keith makes his way along the east ridge with the infamous cornices to the left and Loch Trieg below in the Glen

Ian surveying the summit cairn ahead

Cairn with the cornice and sky beyond

Yep the weather's coming our way

Another snowfield to cross