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A Blustery Weekend in the Lakes

Posted in Lakes, with tags , on January 23, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

We headed south on Friday for a weekend in the Lakes with friends from Accommodation for the weekend was in the excellent Bury Outdoor Pursuits Centre near Glenridding.

A good night was had on Friday evening with a variety of Tesco Curries. There may also have been the odd bottle of beer consumed also!

The forecast for the weekend wasn’t too bad, a few wintry showers and a bit breezy. Elaina is still building up her hill fitness so we decided to do a relatively easy day doing Catstye Cam next to Helvellyn. However it turned out to be a bit more challenging than anticipated. The walk up towards Red Tarn was easy enough but as we headed up the east ridge of Catsty Cam the wind started to pick up. By the time we got to the summit we were literally on all fours crawling. I’ve been in some pretty windy conditions but the difference this time was the sheer strength of the gusts interspersed with lulls. We had planned to head off the north ridge but quickly decided to head southwest to the bottom of Swirral Edge and down to Red Tarn. From there we had a leisurely walk back to the bunkhouse. Thankfully the only casualties were two lost hats! Later that evening we found out that a woman had been airlifted from near Coniston.

As we were back a lot earlier than planned we headed to Ambleside for a well earned hot chocolate and cheesecake. An entertaining evening again followed with excellent home made lasagne and rice pudding.

An absolutely cracking weekend, looking forward to meeting up with the same folk at Black Sail in March!

I didn’t take many photos so here’s some taken by Maria and Robin.


Off to the Lakes…

Posted in Hull City, Lakes, with tags , , on January 20, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

OK, I know I’ve not really kept up my New Year resolution to post more often despite good intentions on the first two days! However this weekend we are heading to the Lakes to meet up with friends from so will hopefully have adventures to report on when we return!

In the meantime hopefully the Tigers can get a result at fellow play-off contenders Reading. Hesitate to say it but we might just have an outside chance of going back up to the Premiership…

Family History – some things you like, some you don’t!

Posted in Family History with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for not posting for a while but sadly my Mum passed away last month after a short illness. Had a sad few days back in Hornsea but there were also some good memories as we looked through old photos including one of myself, my two brothers and sister in the seventies. Here we are holding it for comparison purposes!

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

I’ve also finally got round to researching my family tree and joined Genes Reunited. Within days I had received four contacts with an unbelievable amount of information. It would seem that most of my ancestors are of good East Riding stock although sadly most seem to be farm labourers and servants. Definitely more Baldrick than Blackadder!

Most perturbing was the discovery that my Great Great Great Grandfather on my mum’s dad’s side had a brother (my Great Great Great Uncle) who subsequently married and whose Great Grandaughter was the mother of my mum’s mum. I’ll leave you to work that out!

On a more positive note it would seem that I am distantly related (Fifth Cousin once removed) to John Hillaby, a relatively well known travel writer and explorer. He was also the first president of the Backpackers Club. Some history here. It would however seem from Paddy Dillon’s comments in this OutdoorsMagic thread that we both shared a gene for wandering off path! Anyway I’ve ordered a couple of his books which I’m looking forward to reading.

I’ve actually been able to trace my mum’s side of the family back to the early 18th Century – quite amazing considering all I had to go on was my Grandparent’s birth, marriage and death certificates. The only real problem I came up against was not having a record of my Gran’s father as there was nothing recorded on her birth certificate. Now I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere…maybe Lord Blackadder is involved after all…!

Lighthouses, beaches and mountains

Posted in Gairloch with tags , on May 8, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Last weekend we had a cracking weekend up in Gairloch in the North West Highlands. Rather than re-write history these links to Jamie and Elaina’s blogs and Kate’s OM Report sum up the weekend perfectly.

“Outdoors blogs well worth reading”…hmmm

Posted in, with tags , , on November 20, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for the length of time since my last post…I was actually wondering whether it was worth carrying on with the blog as I do sometimes wonder if folk are actually interested in reading my ramblings!

Anyway it would seem I will have to keep posting as I have just seen that the new edition of the MCoS “Scottish Mountaineer” magazine have an article on “Hill walking on the web” and for some obscure reason think that this blog is “an outdoors blog well worth reading”. Now I’m not really sure about that but I guess someone must be reading it!

Last weekend we ventured south to Langdale in the Lake District for an outdoorsmagic meet. The weather wasn’t great and things weren’t helped by yours truly being sick on Friday night. not much walking and no photos unfortunately. Still had a good time meeting up with old and new friends. At least we went last weekend – if it had been this weekend we probably wouldn’t even have got there!

Next weekend we are heading north to Corran Bunkhouse with Hopefully the weather will pick up and there might even be a dusting of the white stuff on the tops. And photos!

Glencoe OutdoorsMagic Meet

Posted in Glencoe, Munros, with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Had a great weekend up in Glencoe meeting up with old and new faces from  We had Friday off so decided to head up and do Meall a’ Bhuiridh and Criese, two Munros that Elaina hadn’t done.  In the event we only did Meall a’ Bhuiridh as we spent so much time chatting to a couple of other walkers.  Not a particularly exciting hill  what with all the skiing infrastructure about but there were some interesting bits…

Elaina attempts a bridge crossing!

Elaina attempts a bridge crossing!

We arrived at Signal Rock Cottage just after 4pm.  We’ve stayed here before and after a chat with Slawek and Luiza we had a quick shower before heading for the Clachaig Inn for dinner.  Eventually the rest of the crowd arrived although we did have to bring Polly the Parrot out to attract some of the OM folk who were on their first meet!  Highlight of the night had to be the arrival of Sir Jimmy Savile!  Have to say he’s looking well for someone who’s going to be 83 in a few weeks time!

Saturday morning saw reasonable weather to start with as some of us met at Mamore Lodge.

OMers meet at Mamore Lodge

OMers meet at Mamore Lodge

We set off along the landrover track with the aim of doing Binnein Beag.  It’s a long walk in to the remotest of the Mamore Munros and it wasn’t long until we realised as we approached Loch Eilde Mor that we had walked past the turn off that takes you around the shoulder of Sgurr Eilde Beag.  A quick re-assessment saw us take the path up the east side of the Allt Coire nan Laogh (a route we had taken in reverse last winter when the stream was in spate!).  We eventually got back on the planned route and carried on towards Coire an Lochain below Sgurr Eilde Mor.  The weather had deteriorated by this time and Sandy and Louise decided to make Louise’s first Munro Sgurr Eilde Mor rather than Binnein Beag.

Sgurr Eilde Mor

Sgurr Eilde Mor

The rest of us carried on hoping for the weather to clear and with immaculate timing it did as we approached Binnein Beag.

The summit party contemplate the final ascent!

The summit party contemplate the final ascent!

Looking towards Buachaille Etive Mor

Looking towards Buachaille Etive Mor

We did have discussions about going on to do Binnein Mor but the weather was still being temperamental and the realisation that it would probably add a good couple of hours to the day made it an easy decision to take the long path back to Kinlochleven for Haggis Fritters and Steak and Chips at the MacDonald Hotel!

Loch Leven Sunset from MacDonald Hotel

Loch Leven Sunset from MacDonald Hotel

It was late by the time we got back to Glencoe and the campers decided to stay at the camp site.  Elaina and I headed for the Clachaig planning to meet Ian Gallagher of Kendall Mountaineering Services who had taken three OMers scrambling on Ben Nevis.  Unfortunately the pub was mobbed and we didn’t realise that they had decided to go through to the Lounge Bar.  So we just had the one pint before heading back to the B&B.

Sunday saw ourselves, Sandy and Louise heading for Glen Nevis and a walk up to Steall Falls and a play on the wire bridge!

Elaina crossing Steall wire bridge

Elaina crossing Steall wire bridge

On the way back we were interviewed by someone from the John Muir Trust who were doing a survey to find out if people thought the path to Steall was appropriate.  There have been several accidents, some fatal, and the Trust are looking to be able to justify not making changes to the path.  Hopefully our response will assist in that aim as it would be crazy if health and safety concerns led to “improvements” being imposed!

Sunday night saw us back in the Clachaig for a really excellent night with a dozen of us staying on to the bitter end of a cracking weekend.  It’s a good sign when you are having to be chucked out of the Clachaig at closing time on Sunday night!

On Monday we all headed home but not before we introduced Iain to the joys of the Real Food Cafe!  Two egg and bacon rolls, a very large coffee and a large hot chocolate later (and that was just for Iain!) we parted company with plans already in hand for the next OM meet in Great Langdale in the Lakes.

Got home and watched a recording of Sunday night’s “Munro – Mountain Man” programme in which I made a fleeting out of focus appearance in the background of the Clachaig Inn as Nick Crane was interviewing folk for the programme – you’d think I was never out of the place!

Heading for Glencoe…

Posted in Munros, with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Heading north shortly for a weekend in Glencoe with friends from  Hopefully will have tales to tell on Monday of great adventures…assuming we survive the weather/navigational challenges/Clachaig Inn*  of course 😉

*delete as appropriate!