We even managed a run on Christmas day.
|Bob does have a whole left leg really.|
Down in Somerset we squeezed in two excursions to the Quantocks, the first for a run and the second for a walk. The run was superb with bright blue skies and very firm frosty ground. It wasn't long or fast but just a joy to be out.
The walk was interesting as we explored away from the main ridge and took in some deep valleys.
After the New Year we took the van to the Lakes and prayed for good enough weather to allow Bob to complete his Wainwright Challenge. Friday ticked off Green Crag and Slight Side. We did not get wet but the afternoon was tiring with gale force winds. We had also made the mistake of not swapping maps as we passed the van and so went beyond Slight Side and up onto Long Green just to make sure of the summit.
Had I not been struggling to stand up we might have taken in Scafell too. Instead we explored what we intended to be the direct line back to the van - through lumpy land of minor hills and marshes. Thank goodness for dry-socks.
|Nice view to the morning's peaks, especially Buckbarrow.|
After Whin Rigg we debated the return route. I think contouring was perhaps not the best idea in the end although it seemed favourable compared to up and over at the time.
If Bob was going to complete this weekend I knew we had to take in Lingmell today. I knew the way as it was almost the same as one of the legs I ran on my first SLMM Klets.
|We do not walk at the same speed- but it makes for some better photos|
Looking up to Mickledore there was a good covering of frost and some snow but we stayed lower and in the fading sunshine. We made it to the summit as the sun was setting over the Cumbria coast and with amazing views in all directions.
It was steep but we were back in the van before it was really dark.
I think we both knew that ticking of the last Wainwrights the next day was now very possible. Bob had left Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Pillar to the end. Pillar was to be the last summit.
After an easy start along a frosty but not too slippy road we began the long pull up to the summit. Again we were blessed with great views. The northern descent was a bit steeper and rockier than I had realised and the weather started to close in.
Before Red Pike we were in low cloud and the wind got up. By the summit we were surprised to find not just frost but a thin cover of snow. It got a bit slippery but not too bad. We had left the katoolas in the van. The path to Pillar had more snow and the wind was fierce, although thankfully not as bad as when we had been on Slight Side. I raced ahead to the shelter stones. I had carried up a can of Murphies for Bob to celebrate.
It was too cold so we made do with photos at the trig point and a chat with 3 girls. Then Rosie and Graham Watson appeared so there were more congratulations and a chance to realise we were not the only people out in fell shoes and running kit. We had receieved some very strange looks over the paast days, especially today in the snow when one guy had ice axe and crampons at the ready.
We laughed as we passed Wind Gap - not going down that way again! Part way down Black Sail we started to thaw out and slowed the pace a little.
We celebrated All the Wainwrights in Bob's 70th year with an alcoholic hot chocolate and enormous sandwiches in the pub at Wasdale Head.... and then champagne at home. A double celebration as for me the reality of not going back to work in the morning suddenly became real.Perfect timing and well deserved treats.
It was wonderful not to spend Sunday thinking about what I would teach, to not spend the evening on last minute marking and to just relax with a shower, a meal, and to have time to sit and talk to the rest of the family and even watch TV.