Martindale Letterboxes

The Rab MM is getting closer and we are getting more and more apprehensive – what fools we are to have ever taken up the gauntlet laid down by Rachel and Richard! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, we train on in some hope that we can at least finnish the event…

Today we tackled a circuit based on some small portion of last year’s Rab MM. No controls to find of course, so -as is usual- we threw in a hunt for a few Lakeland Letterboxes. We managed to find two of the three we’d set our sights on. However, the third, on Place Fell, beat us. πŸ™ In part because we were freezing! There was a brutal gale from the north west and as we searched for it the freezing wind-chill and the rapidly chilling sweat from our running made it feel like January. :freeze: After more than 30 minutes wasted searching for it Laetitia threw in the towel. Well, she’d already hunkered down behind a boulder to get out of the wind for at least 15 minutes while I pointlessly tried to locate the letterbox’s hiding spot. Next time…

Anyway, here are a few pictures from the day, the two stamps we did find, and another neat GPS trace of our route thanks to the amazing Nike+GPS application I found a few weeks ago. The GPS trace is even more interesting today (IMHO) as I’ve included the vertical profile of the route too.

Laetitia on the way between High Raise (802m) and Red Crag (711m)
The gale from the north west was astonishing, nearly taking us away!
The "Old Church of St Martin" at the mouth of Martindale
A great old road sign, but the signing to Patterdale is a little optimistic. OK, so it does say footpath only!
Sore feet! And only half way round...
A snack bar and water at Boredale Beck

Knott, WIld Camp 1
Hallin Fell

Series - Lakeland Letterboxes

  1. Lakeland Letterboxes
  2. Letterboxing and Flammkuchen
  3. Navigation Practice
  4. Three More Sunny Days
  5. Grizedale Letterboxing
  6. Wansfell Letterbox
  7. More Grizedale Letterboxes
  8. Helvellyn Letterboxes
  9. Martindale Letterboxes
  10. Coniston Coppermines Letterboxes
  11. Walna Scar Road
  12. Summer Evenings
  13. Letterboxes, Birthdays, Climbing Wall & eBay star
  14. Charmer’s Grave
  15. Lingmoor Tarn
  16. Holme Fell Scramble and Letterboxing
  17. Barrow Door Letterboxing

10 thoughts on “Martindale Letterboxes”

  1. 21kms…. a good distance…. :star: I’m sure you’ll easily manage the Rab MM, and imagine the shock if you beat R & R !!!! 😯
    I hope you rewarded yourselves with tea and cake!! :yum:

  2. You’ll be fine – after all you don’t have to win, just enjoy it! πŸ™‚ (I know, “enjoy”….) πŸ™ .
    You are doing well, plenty of distance covered, and I’m sure you’d have done it a LOT faster without those letterboxes.

      1. Just to show how mad it was, here’s half of my trace searching for the letterbox. The second half wasn’t traced as I’d left my rucksack with Laetitia where she was sheltering from the wind.

    1. And all the stopping we had to do for my aches and pains. When does it stop hurting? πŸ™ πŸ™

      We’ve got 4 weeks for me to get my knees and ankles in order. Think I might just take a bumper pack of vitamin I.

  3. Running can never be boring in this beautiful environment! :star:
    I wish I could send you some heat, even after cooling down a bit it’s over 30 C during the day here. (I would need a flaming smiley here)

  4. Yesterday, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc was completed by the winner in 20 hours, 36 minutes and 43 seconds. That’s for a mere 166km with 9500m of ascent.
    The maximum time allowed for the race is 46 hours!

    I wonder if I’ll ever be able to contemplate that distance πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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