Friday, April 18, 2014

Crib Goch, Crib Y Dysgl, Yr Wydffa: Hope,Tears and Joy

This has been a weekend of epic proportions. An ascent of Snowdon via Crib Goch and a 32 mile run around Bleaklow and the derwent edges. Our Sowndonia expedition was a "day raid" from Derbyshire/South Yorkshire we met at the Nant Peris park and ride and started our walk from the Pen-y-pass youth hostel. When we arrived at Pen-y-pass the weather was perfect, scores of enthusiastic people were readying to start the ascent of Snowdon, I noted also, that some had already visited the summit!
 At the Pen-y-pass car park, the pyg track and the view of Crib Goch (peak just right of centre).
The initial scramble onto Crib Goch. An argumentative member of our party indicated that this was just a rough walk and not a proper scramble!
The start of the Crib Goch ridge. It's hard to believe but this smiling gentleman is actually one of our grumpy old climbers party!
Here is the other grumpy gent enjoying a fine scramble the Llanberis pass and Pen-y-pass youth hostel are visible in the background.
Sea King and Winchman in action on the pyg track.

Looking back to Crib Goch

Enjoyable scrambling.
Crib y Dysgl and the summit of Snowdon

The blocky ridge of Crib y Dysgl. Scrambling on Crib Goch was excellent fun, it is always a shame when a good ridge scramble comes to an end. It was good to climb and to do more scrambling  on Crib y Dysgl.
Looking back along the ridge.
View from Crib y Dysgl and Llyn Cwellyn.
The train making its way up.

The train arriving at Snowdon summit
We descended via the Pyg track, at about 1718 as we approached Glas Llyn there were shouts of below from the Trinity face and the noise of  rock fall. Amongst the rock I observed a person, this alarming site was followed by anguished calls from the companion of the person I'd observed fractions of a second earlier. A number of us scoured the face in an attempt to locate the casualty, mountain rescue were alerted  by a number of parties and the helicopter returned within 20 minutes.  We were all rather concerned for casualty and the companion attempting to make there way down a difficult face on which there is no recognised safe path. We witnessed someone clearly trying their hardest to help their friend. The following day, it was very sad to hear about this fatal accident on the news. On our return to Pen-y-pass we spoke to a number of people, in common with all of them, we were concerned with the friends and family of the casualty of this tragic mountain accident. Today seems to be a reminder of the hazards of the mountains we all require education and its always useful to spend time to refresh and update our skills. With that in mind I suspect I'll take advantage of some of the excellent training provided by the Plas-y-Brenin. My two friends reminded of the fact that we must always remain hopeful, although we'd witnessed the fatal accident. On our way down we discussed the idea that maybe, by some fluke the person had survived the fall. This moment reminded me of how important it is for us to remain positive and hopeful.
Above, the obligatory easter picture.
Our route and progress can be seen on MapMyRun. Despite my late return from Wales the next day I got ready for a run around Bleaklow and Derwent edges. I completed the 30.6 mile run in 6 and half hours and didn't feel sufficiently fit to run another 20 but at least I manage it comfortably here's the route on MapMyRun.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Together for Short Lives: Edale Skyline Training Run

It's official we're going for the full 50 mile challenge! Our cause is live on the Virgin Money Giving.
(or by following the shortcut, ). Although I've trained steadily the commitment still seems daunting. Last week I went to the Castle Mountaineering Club friends there are so supportive and encouraging with offers to provide some support on the day of the event. There was enthusiastic advice on suggested strategies  for completing and supporting the run. Thinking a little further we have mentioned this to many friends and we are so grateful for the many expressions of support.

Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. The work of Together for Short Lives helps to ensure that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.

Today the realisation of the challenge this run presents became apparent. I set off from Yorkshire bridge and started the long version of the Edale Skyline starting  and finishing at the top of Win Hill. I completed 4000 feet of climbing over the 21.4 mile circuit in 4hours 42 minutes. As I ran along the ridge to Mam Tor, Rushup edge and Brown knoll, the chill wind was strong and in my face . However on the return leg I was blown along. The run was enjoyable and the route recorded on MapMyRun. Although I've done a lot of training including a 40mile circuit last summer it is dawning on me how tricky this challenge is. I've been advised to pace myself. Although I've become stronger I still have to focus on cutting my pace down and maintaining the slower pace for the 50 mile duration.

Louis's School Holiday Diary

Today we went to Ladybower. Louis has been thinking about the things that he would like to do over the Easter Holiday. Here is the list

  • Goto Thomas land
  • Goto The Deep
  • Visit Grandma and Grandad

New life topic

An energetic boy cycling at Fairholmes near the Derwent dam, he loved it so much he did not want to come back!

This is a porcupine we found on the way  to the crag near Stanage

I look like I'm racing but I'm actually waiting!

Me and my sister sitting on a rock.

Fancy a scramble on the rocks today?

We are super hero mountain adventurers

We are happy because we went to the top of the edge and now we have come back down

Here are I am in the cave (Keisha took this picture)

Would you like to go in the shelter tent? It is nice and warm? Who do you think is in there?

Us that's who!

There's a face in the rock surprise surprise it's Louis!

Our view of Stanage edge

Wandering back to our car

Louis and Keisha fell down in the bog!

A scrumdidlyumptious ice cream to end our adventure.