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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Still Prioritising

This Weeks Stats & Diary

19/02/11 Bike (10 miles)
16/02/11 Run - Mixed Terrain in Arkengarthdale (5 miles & 400' ascent)
15/02/11 Walk - Navigation / Ropework Training; Scout Crag, Langdales (4 miles & 1430' ascent)

Visit to CB Inn - Arkengarthdale

RunBikeWalk(all in miles)
This week510419
This year475831136
Ascent (run/walk) this week1830
This Year11930

16/02/11 Run - Arkengarthdale

With: On my own
Weather: Cold (2degC); still; overcast; low vis
This week we spent some of our time off in Arkengarthdale (see below) I went out for a short run - about 5 miles up the road from the CB Inn & then out on to the moor in the direction of Punchard Gill (I think - didn't have a map). The terrain in the Dales suits my decaying physiology better than the Lakes: the grass alongside the roads seems to be short & not a continual quagmire & the moors are frequently disected by (miners?) tracks that are a mixture of grass / small aggregate, all of which is very easy on the joints. Furthermore the gradients are less intense - I could run for hours here. Kay & I have spent so much time in this area over the years we've walked throughout the area; paddled the Swale from Gunnerside down to Catterick & caved in Crackpot. However, I would be quite keen to explore some of the old mine sites in the area - Faggergill (Arkengarthdale); Sir Francis, Bunton etc (Gunnerside)

Quite an overcast scene in the Yorkshire Dales

5 mile run; 400' ascent; 45 mins

15/02/11 - Walk (Scout Crag & the "wilderness" towards Pavey Ark)

With: Glyn Mitchell; Alan-R & Graham

Weather: Awful; persistent rain / snow above 400m

Glyn is our technical advisor for mountaineering / climbing, he's an excellent coach and joined us today for a day of navigation / rope work training - effectively an ML refresher training session. We parked up at foot of Stickle Ghyll & worked our way up Scout Crag using ropes as necessary. Once at the head of Whitegill we did a series of navigation exercises in the snow before heading back down alongside Stickle Ghyll - all very challenging; difficult but incredibly interesting.

Approx 4 miles & 1430' ascent

Other Stuff

We were off for a few days this week, leaving a group in the Main House for the weekend in the care of Alan, Mim & Ferg.
Kay & I bought my Dad a night stay in the CB Inn (http://www.cbinn.co.uk/), Arkengarthdale for his 80th birthday and this was the weekend we went. I love Swaledale & Arkengarthdale. The weather was cold; murky & still but thankfully the sun got out on the Thursday afternoon, especially when we were at Kearton's in Thwaite.

Me at Kearton's in Thwaite

Mum & Dad leaving CB

Kay with Mum & Dad in Reeth

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