Monthly Archives: December 2016

My Highlights of 2016

In March I decided a trip to the lakes would be in order, mainly to hopefully catch the last of winter, but also to show support to the lakes following on from the horrendous flooding of the winter. 

During this trip I experienced a white out up Blencathra,which on it’s own wasn’t too bad however I did managed to unknowingly drop a trekking pole and subsequently took the wrong path when I went looking for it,however I did correct myself and found the pole(hurrah).

Whilst frequenting the pubs of Keswick (or as I like to call it supporting the local economy) I bumped into Terry Abraham & his mate Dan Richards & they joined me in supporting the local economy πŸ˜‰

During the month of April I purchased a new car/van & had a camper conversion made for it, thanks to James Boulter for the inspiration πŸ‘

So towards the end of April & the beginning of May i took the camper on its maiden voyage to the Crowden c&c site & was immedietly hooked to this type of accommodation.

On May the 14th I once again made my way back to the lakes for the premiere of Life of a Mountain Blencathra,after a brief chat with Terry Abraham outside I went in and “accidentally” got a free drink of the specially brewed ale for the occasion, but don’t tell anyone. The film was brilliant and I highly recommend it. Afterwards I met up with Cath Wells (@wellycath) & Matthew King (@hillplodder) for a few drinks & a chat.

At the end of May me & my camper went to the Knight Stainforth campsite just outside Settle,crikey it was busy,it was a bank holiday so was to be expected but once you escaped the campsite the crowds soon disappeared.

The beginning of June saw me once again heading back to the lakes,this time it was for my fortnight holiday & to get some hill fitness for the upcoming 10 in 10 challenge, it was a cracking 2 weeks with plenty of ale & hill walking .

The 24th of June saw me heading back up to the lakes to meet up with team social hiking for the annual 10 peaks in 10 hours challenge in aid of MS, doing the 10 this year were Jilly Sherlock, Tim Cooper ,Richard Flint & myself. As always it was a cracking event & get together πŸ‘

The beginning of July saw me head to the lakes again, this time however I was going to explore the langdale area of the lakes & sample several beers in the old dungeon ghyll, once again the weather played ball (apart from the wind which snapped an awning pole) and I managed several walks around the area, on the way back home I stopped off to walk to high cup Nick as I was told it was a stunning sight & you know what they were correct. 

Yes i did fit through πŸ˜‰

September saw me with a week off so I decided to head to south Wales to do the four falls walk,this was only to be a brief visit so I wild vanned overnight did the walk & returned home.

The reason for such a short trip to Wales was that I wanted to have a crack at bikepacking, so after getting the gear together I set of from home & headed into the peaks following ex-railway tracks,have to say I am hooked & can’t wait to do more.

October saw me heading south for a change,this was for the social hiking weekend in Dartmoor,I don’t normally do group things however this was a cracking weekend exploring a different area of BritainπŸ‘

So far I’ve not talked about days in the peaks, however I will make an exception for one of the best days in the peaks I’ve had,on the 26th of November it was a total inversion fest.

On the same weekend as the inversion fest I also managed to get my first ever hole in one at golf on the Sunday 

So 2016 is nearly over, I’ve had a cracking year & met some cracking people, some I’ve met before & some for the first time (mainly through social hiking & twitter) bring on 2017 let’s see if I can improve on this years highlights, if my plans come to fruition then it should be a cracker. 

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all the people who’ve been involved in making 2016 a good year πŸ‘


Stanage edge inversion

After working three Saturdays on the trot I finally had a Saturday off to head to the peaks (hurrah) and as luck would have it there was a good chance of an inversion (double hurrah)

So despite getting up at 4:30am all week for work I was determined for an early start and set off to the peaks at about 5:30am with the initial plan of heading up kinder scout, however after passing through the fog near surprise view car park and heading into Hope the fog was all behind me, so after discussing with myself for a few minutes (arguing) I decided to turnaround and head to Stanage edge car park. After creeping through thick fog I eventually popped out into clear skies.

I pulled over for a quick pic

After parking up in an unusually busy car park for that time off morning I set off up towards High Neb. 

View from High Neb

View from High Neb

View from High Neb

View from High Neb

I could not believe my luck as I was completely surrounded by inversions ((triple hurrah) I’ll stop that now) After taking several photos I could see that the wind was blowing higher mist/fog in and it wasn’t long until I was enveloped in mist (boooo!) Oh well I thought it was fun while it lasted. 

So I decided to head of the see the new stanage pole, on my way it dropped a little chilly so I wrapped up pretty well. (The following photo may scare small children) 

Stand & deliver your money or your wife

New stanage pole

New stanage pole

After visiting the new pole I headed back to the edge and low and behold the skies had cleared once again and I was greeted with the best inversion I have ever seen, to say I was happy would be an understatement. 


With the sun behind me I knew there was a chance of a brocken spectre so I headed to an outcrop and there below me was the brocken spectre I had been looking for.

Brocken spectre

After taking several photos on different settings a group off lads approached and said “crikey you’re brave going out there” I looked down and the wind had blown the mist onto the rock and it had frozen (d’oh) oh well I said looks like I’ll have to wait till spring. After carefully making my way off the outcrop I wandered along the edge some more taking lots of photos (76+) and eventually made my way below the edge and yet more photos. 

Notoriously difficult to photo fog bow

Its that famous grouse again

Whilst I was busy snapping away I received an invite for coffee at the Crowthers, which is always welcome a cracking couple, so I headed back along the bottom of the edge still snapping away. 

Mountain bikers on the edge

Once back at the car I drove up winnats pass in fog but once at the top it was clear and it was clear on the western side of the peaks. Once at the Crowthers coffee and a good chat was had to finish of a unbelievably good day in the peak district.