It’s Too Darn Hot…

The ongoing gorgeous weather has seen the number of knees on display at Facewest rise dramatically. A quick look around tells me that 5 of the 7 of us who are in today are wearing shorts and I suspect that number will rise still further by the end of the week.

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James kicking back in Scarborough this weekend

This weekend was again spectacular and some of us took full advantage whilst others wilted in the heat. The weekend saw Kevin and his wife Rachael putting in a few fell running miles in preparation for the LAMM next weekend. Saturday involved a trot up Simon’s Seat (above Bolton Abbey). As the weather was good they decided on an early start on Sunday (5.00am alarm!) to drive up to the Lakes and avoid the Appleby Fair horse drawn caravans. Setting off from Tarn Foot campsite outside Ambleside they climbed up to the right hand ridge of Langdale valley via Loughrigg Tarn and onto Sergeant Man and High Raise. The climb hadn’t been too severe and was very runnable all the way up and a gentle breeze meant the temp was fairly comfortable. Met the first person on High Raise – a runner reckiing leg 3 of the BG round. Then N towards Greenup Edge before turning E across to the ridge and fantastic undulating descent down to Helm Crag and on to Grasmere. Had a well earned tea and soup in Baldry’s before walking back to the car in the midday sunshine. They couldn’t believe how few people were out on the fells on such a gorgeous sunny day. Were they all at the seaside or just decorating?

A pond high above Langdale
A pond high above Langdale

I took Friday off and piled over to Coed Llandegla where Rick dragged me round the Black Circuit for his birthday. It was such a warm day that by the end I was a bit of a wreck and completely exhausted but the riding was great fun and it was a real challenge. Saturday was taken up by celebrations as my girlfriend finished her degree (well done Abby!) but Sunday saw us back out enjoying the evening sunshine at Caley where my climbing was utterly rubbish but I had a lot of fun anyway.

James took delivery of his new road bike on friday which has so far drawn a lot of admiring looks but not actually any real action. I’m sure this will all change soon. John on the other hand took part in the Acorn 100k Charity Bike Ride and was doing very well right up to the point where his front skewer loosened on him.

Hope everyone else got out and enjoyed themselves, let us know what you got up to.

Sam Cartwright

Sam Cartwright

Hi, I'm a keen hiker and climber who grew up in the North of Cumbria before moving to Leeds for university. I used to be a very keen skier but a series of accidents led to me dropping the sport in favour of climbing. I've also recently rekindled an interest in mountain biking and am often to be found charging round local trail centres. I started at Facewest in August '08 and currently work in Web Development and Sales. Thanks, Sam

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