Hello, my name is Mal Tabb.
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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Despite us being on December shut down the Centre has been very busy this last few days, the snow & frost have returned bringing that tension between "not to be missed" conditions outside and difficult to manage buildings. So its been quality over quantity on the activity front but before that a quick round-up of the other news.

Highlights
- great weekend in London last week with eldest daughters and grandchildren, made even better by bringing two of them back with us
- just been to carol service at St Mary's in Wigton and also to Bethlehem Experience in Carlisle, both good and bringing Christmas into focus

Lowlights
- Kay's unwelcome diagnosis confirmed, initial treatment later this week. A  most unwanted development

19/12/10 Green Gable via Gillercomb - Run

With: on my own

Weather: Blue sky; no wind; -7 degC at Seathwaite; powder snow covering hard frozen ground


Quite a desolate scene, completely alone on summit plateau














Way off - Gillercomb & Base Brown












Set off from Seathwaite, minus 7 degC at 10:30am; through the rather smelly farm (quite impessed to see quite a few folk camping!) crossed the beck & then a tricky slippy ascent alongside Sour Milk Ghyll. Through the fence & on into a very impressive looking Gillercomb. The ascent was a joy, uneventful, incredible scenery and fairly quick. The summit was all mine, completely deserted, not even a footprint in the snow. Took a few photos, had a drink & a quick faff with kit. I was a bit pushed for time so came back the same way, it was treacherous! I use a pair of Inov-8 Mudroc 290 fell shoes, they've always stood me in good stead but today I was delighted with them & managed to get back down without injury!!

Five miles; 2,250' ascent; time just over 2.5 hours but irrelevant really due to treacherous nature of descent.


14/12/10 Seathwaite Wad Mine

With: Alan-R; Graham; R&R; Clare

Weather: Quiet; still day; fells covered in patchy snow

Rhodders & Clare ft Alan's arm at Goatons Level

We've spent quite a bit of time this winter up at Seathwaite Wad Mine in Borrowdale & I guess we'll be up there at least on a couple more occasions as we are trying to add this venue to next season's list of Centre activities. It will hopefully offer some opportunities for quite adventurous days for visiting groups - on a number of levels: the walk in & out perhaps via Sour Milk Gill will be quite challenging & enjoyable for some; in the mine there are possibilities for a "novice" level 1 trip entering at Farey's Level & ascending a couple of short climbs / exploring the passages before leaving, alternatively the mine can be accessed at Goatons Level and a Level 2 vertical trip with two abseils plus the stuff mentioned above can be undertaken. It was the latter of these we checked out on this occassion as well as some further exploration of the sub levels around Goaton's. Another good trip, this will make a nice addition to the Centre's repetoire of activities.


Wainwrights
Wainwright fever has gripped the Centre of late (well maybe not quite fever but it has become a recent talking point) so I have published mine & Kay's current lists to date - will be back to update.


Fell Name
Height (m)
Mal
Kay
Scafell Pike
978
Y

Scafell
964


Helvellyn
950
Y
y
Skiddaw
931
Y
y
Great End
910
y

Bowfell
902
y

Great Gable
899


Pillar
892


Nethermost Pike
891
y

Catstycam
890
y

Esk Pike
885
y

Raise
883


Fairfield
873
y

Blencathra
868
Y
y
Skiddaw Little Man
865
Y
y
White Side
863


Crinkle Crags
859
Y
y
Dollywagon Pike
858
Y
y
Great Dodd
857


Grasmoor
852


Stybarrow Dodd
843


Saint Sunday Crag
841
Y
y
Scoat Fell
841


Eel Crag (Crag Hill)
839
y

High Street
828
Y
y
Red Pike (Wasdale)
826


Hart Crag
822


Steeple
819


High Stile
807


Coniston Old Man
803
Y
y
High Raise (Martindale)
802


Kirk Fell
802
Y
y
Swirl How
802


Green Gable
801
y

Lingmell
800


Haycock
797


Brim Fell
796


Dove Crag
792
Y
y
Rampsgill Head
792


Grisedale Pike
791
Y
y
Watson's Dodd
789


Allen Crags
785


Thornthwaite Crag
784


Glaramara
783


Great Carrs
780


Kidsty Pike
780


Dow Crag
778


Harter Fell (Mardale)
778


Red Screes
776


Sail
773
y

Wandope
772


Grey Friar
770


Hopegill Head
770
Y
y
Great Rigg
766


Caudale Moor
763


High Raise (Langdale)
762


Slight Side
762


Wetherlam
762
Y
y
Mardale Ill Bell
760


Ill Bell
757


Hart Side
756


Red Pike ( Buttermere)
755


Dale Head
753
Y
y
Carl Side
746
y

High Crag
744


Knott, The
739
y

Robinson
737
Y
y
Harrison Stickle
736


Seat Sandal
736


Long Side
734
y

Kentmere Pike
730


Sergeant Man
730


Hindscarth
727
Y
y
Clough Head
726


Ullscarf
726
y

Thunacar Knott
723


Froswick
720


Birkhouse Moor
718


Brandreth
715
Y
y
Lonscale Fell
715
y

Branstree
713


Knott
710


Pike O'Stickle
709


Whiteside
707


Yoke
706


Pike O' Blisco
705


Bowscale Fell
702


Cold Pike
701


Pavey Ark
700


Gray Crag
699


Grey Knotts
697
Y
y
Rest Dodd
696


Seatallan
692


Caw Fell
690


Great Calva
690
y

Bannerdale Crags
683
Y
y
Loft Crag
680


Ullock Pike
680
y

Sheffield Pike
675


Bakestall
673
y

Scar Crags
672


Loadpot Hill
671


Wether Hill
670


Tarn Crag (Longsleddale)
664


Carrock Fell
660
Y
y
Whiteless Pike
660


High Pike (Caldbeck)
658
Y
y
Place Fell
657


High Pike (Scandale)
656


Selside Pike
655


Middle Dodd
654


Harter Fell (Eskdale)
653


High Spy
653
Y
y
Great Scafell
651
y

Rossett Pike
650


Fleetwith Pike
648


Base Brown
646


Grey Crag
638


Causey Pike
637
Y
y
Little Hart Crag
637


Mungrisdale Common
633
Y
y
633


Seathwaite Fell
632
y

Yewbarrow
628


Birks
622


Hartsop Dodd
618


Great Borne
616


Heron Pike
612


Illgill Head
609


High Seat
608


Haystacks
597


Bleaberry Fell
590


Shipman Knotts
587


Brae Fell
586


Middle Fell
582


Ard Crags
581


Hartsop Above How
580


Maiden Moor
576
Y
y
Nab, The
576


Blake Fell
573


Sergeant's Crag
571


Outerside
568
y

Angletarn Pikes
567


Brock Crags
561


Knott Rigg
556


Steel Fell
553
y

Lord's Seat
552


550
y

Rosthwaite Fell
550


Tarn Crag (Easedale)
550


Hard Knott
549


Blea Rigg
541


Lank Rigg
541


Calf Crag
537


Great Mell Fell
537


Whin Rigg
535


Arthur's Pike
532
Y
y
Gavel Fell
526


Great Cockup
526
Y
y
Whinlatter
525


Bonscale Pike
524


Crag Fell
523


Souther Pike
522
Y
y
Eagle Crag
520


High Hartsop Dodd
519


Sallows
516


High Tove
515


Mell Break
512


Broom Fell
511


Beda Fell
509


Hen Comb
509


Low Pike
508


Little Mell Fell
505


Dodd
502
Y
y
Stone Arthur
500


Green Crag
489


Grike
488


Wansfell
487


Longlands fell
483
y

Sour Howes
483


Gowbarrow Fell
481


Armboth Fell
479


Burnbank Fell
475


Lingmoor Fell
469


Barf
468


Raven Crag
461


Graystones
456


Barrow
455


Catbells
451
Y
y
Binsey
447


Glenridding Dodd
442


Great Crag
440


Nab Scar
440


Arnison Crag
433


Steel Knotts
432


Low Fell
428


Buckbarrow
420


Gibson Knott
420


Fellbarrow
416


Grange Fell
410


Helm Crag
405


Silver How
394
Y
y
Hallin Fell
388
Y
y
Walla Crag
379


Ling Fell
373


Latrigg
368
Y
y
Troutbeck Tongue
364


Sale Fell
359


Rannerdale Knotts
355


High Rigg
354


Loughrigg Fell
335

y
Black Fell
323


Holme Fell
317


Castle Crag
290


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