Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Nine Edges Endurance

The runnersworld beginners marathon training plan has worked out quite well. This weekend I ran the nine edges endurance event, this is a fund raising event organised by the Edale Mountain Rescue team. Starting from Fairholmes, near the Ladybower reservoir (Grid. Ref. SK173894) the route is a traverse of nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms and Birchen edge). The event finishes at the Robin Hood Inn near Baslow.

A friend from the friends from Edale Mountain rescue team reminded me sometime ago that the weather is always excellent, oh dear...... There was lots of chatter at the start with fellow runners from the climbing club and of course my favourite supporters. Louis enjoyed chasing the ducks around they were hungry as we'd arrived quite early for the start of the running event.

Still chattering away in the drizzle at the start of the event we missed the start! Finally, we were off. Following the pack the route took us up towards Bradfield Gate and the top of Back Tor. I opted for a steady walk and chatted with fellow racers. As soon as we reached the top the pace picked up and we had soon traversed Derwent Edge and were heading down to Moscar House. This was good fun, very slippy and I was pleased to have worn my trail shoes as I raced a couple of the rocks and bumps.

I met a colleague from work at Moscar, yes this was one sociable event! I was pleased with the run from the Manchester Road up to High Neb on Stanage Edge this was comfortable. I was no longer with a pack of runners . Overtaking the occasional walker I was on my own in the mist and the siling rain which decided to start off. Yes this was one atmospheric event and as the pace picked up I was really starting to enjoy this.

I met Amanda and Louis at around 1200 it was great to see them, Louis wanted to race and we ran along the road together. The weather was starting to clear so I removed my waterproof, hurrah! One of the racers dropped a banana and we joked about Super Mario dirty tricks for tripping up the other runners. It was now time to cruise down the Green Drive. I saw lots of walkers and a few climbers. I didn't really envy the climbers on the event (climbing every edge) as the crags were clearly very greasey.

At the Haywood car park, it was great to meet a friend from the running club who is always excellent at encouraging racers. Amanda and Louis were there and I had another race with Louis. The pull to the top of Curbar was OK and we continued along Baslow edge to the Wellington monument and the next checkpoint. My two friends from the Edale MRT friends were marshalling and in our enthusiasm to say hello quickly forgot to check me off. I had to shout my number as I raced past.

I found the next section upto Birchens harder than normal but once at the top of the path the dash down to the edge was great fun.

This was a thouroughly enjoyable and well organised event, I particularly enjoyed the free pint in the Robin Hood. The run was particularly enjoyable as it reminded me of the 50 mile run from last year.
Next year, I hope to repeat the Edale Mountain Rescue team 9 edges spa day featuring soothing mud wrap and revitalising spray wash.

I completed the route in 3hr 21min full results are on the Edale MRT site.


The event starts at Fairholmes (SK173894).  It is a traverse from Fairholmes, over nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardom’s and Birchen Edge) to The Robin Hood pub near Baslow. - See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2006#sthash.UKvumF3S.dpuf
The event starts at Fairholmes (SK173894).  It is a traverse from Fairholmes, over nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardom’s and Birchen Edge) to The Robin Hood pub near Baslow. - See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2006#sthash.UKvumF3S.dpuf
The event starts at Fairholmes (SK173894).  It is a traverse from Fairholmes, over nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardom’s and Birchen Edge) to The Robin Hood pub near Baslow. - See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2006#sthash.UKvumF3S.dpuf
The event starts at Fairholmes (SK173894).  It is a traverse from Fairholmes, over nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardom’s and Birchen Edge) to The Robin Hood pub near Baslow. - See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2006#sthash.UKvumF3S.dpuf
The event starts at Fairholmes (SK173894).  It is a traverse from Fairholmes, over nine gritstone edges (Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardom’s and Birchen Edge) to The Robin Hood pub near Baslow. - See more at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2006#sthash.UKvumF3S.dpuf

Friday, September 4, 2015

Jackdaw ridge, Scrambling at Shepherds Crag

We'd spent a couple of days visiting Keswick. Travelling to Keswick from our Cottage, we tried different routes including the beautiful route through Buttermere, over the Honister pass and along Borrowdale. This is a favourite route, it is an inspiration at all times of year. Our adrenalin junkies wanted to try the King Kong climbing wall. This was an excellent place to visit there are lots of walls for top roping, lead walls and a good bouldering area. The climbing wall has hidden away a collection of tunnels leading to the cafeteria area upstairs. K and L borrowed helmets with head torches to try this caving adventure.

 The final day of our holiday we drove around the via Cockermouth and Basenthwaite lake along the A66 this save a lot of time, today we were on a mission. We parked the car near to the High Lodore Hotel and had a cup of tea at the cafe at the foot of Shepherds crag. The scrambles in the Lake District book had suggested that Jackdaw ridge is good scramble and a good introductory route for youngsters.

We had great fun on this route we managed to break it into a few shorter pitches with L climbing second and K third. It worked really well K has become very competent not only at climbing fairly straightforward problems but also at managing the rope on a multi-pitch route. The views from the Belvedere at the top of the ridge were fantastic. This was a great final day for our holiday, we enjoyed eating our lunch in the sun at Shepherds crag with wonderful views of Derwent Water and Catbells.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Great Gable: Threading the Needle and Traversing Sphinx Ridge

We were dropped off at Wasdale head and our plan was to walk to Buttermere by scrambling over the great craggy side of Great Gable. We planned to scramble the well known routes called the needle traverse and the Sphinx ridge.






                                 This is a joker sheep it posed like it was a royal sheep.




The rock on this edge of the path were as sharp as shining swords.


                                  There were some scramblers threading the needle before us.


We were threading the needle and we had to climb up the slippery rocks while it was spitting a tiny bit. The rock was very polished this is where many climbers have climbed the same route making the route shiny and slippy!



A close up of the above picture.

 Coming down the last part of threading the pointy as a ice cream cone needle.


A brilliantly fantastic view/close up of the Napes needle.


A view of mystical sphinx ridge.
The last view of wast water!


Great Gable crag known as Westmorland Crag. The ridge which we stood on overlooked a huge area of scree known has hell gates. We were pleased not to be climbing up that scree.
Fell and rock club memorial at the top of Gt Gable.

Celebrating at the top.

The Black sail youth hostel.
Heading up to the scarth gap.

Approaching Buttermere and coming to the end of our adventurous day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Haystacks Adventure

We went to Buttermere in the lake district we went up Haystacks.



 We walked on this path .
 It was a nice view
 We went up this really rocky path

We looked at the mountain with lots  of loose rocks

We climbed up the path near a very big waterfall, it was dangerous because we looked over the edge


Daddy and Keisha wanted to have a nice swim in the water, it was called Black Tarn


I was so thirsty we stopped to drink water

It was a really scrambly path and we really enjoyed scrambling up and down it
My sister walked on the path really fast, and me and Daddy were getting really sweaty
It is one of the nicest views I have ever seen because you could see loads of hills and the sea.  We were desperate to going swimming. You can  see right down to Buttermere and Crummock Water

We saw someone paragliding
I was the first one to finish  eating the nice ice cream