Capella (E1) is an awesome route in any conditions. It has everything – a great line, rough Langdale rock at its best, good protection, superb moves, and all in an absolutely amazing position high up on Pavey Ark in the Langdale valley. However, add all these ingredients of a classic route to a deserted crag in early March with brilliant sunshine, a snowy backdrop (complete with a frozen tarn), and you have all you need for a very memorable day par excellence!
As part of my plan to provide a 1st class Lakeland biased BLOG I have now installed a weather station to give real-time (and hopefully accurate) 48 hour weather forecast information. Should be super useful on Thursday evenings and Fridays when planning that weekend trip to the Lakes!
Its been open for five months and we’ve only just got round to a visit! Great fun, loads of single track, and MASSES of awesome views of the Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag. Make a trail and fun is guaranteed…
PS. Check out the hole in the ar$e of my shorts – that’s what happens when you wipe out at high speed and take the hit on your bum!
Off to the Kendal Brewery Centre tonight to see a presentation about Canadian Canoeing.
PS. Went to try and find an Orange shop to replace my mobile phone (it’s broken). There isn’t one in the South Lakes! I’ll have to lose my temper with someone soon…
Took advantage of work sending me to London and visited the London Eye. Not a bad view. But to say it’s expensive is a massive understatement!
With weather like this you’ve just got to get out!
We drove up the Newlands Valley to see if an ice route I know there-about might be frozen, they say it should be if Derwent Water is at all frozen (and it was). But alas, the route was mostly running water with a few ice smears.
But we had a great bumble in the lovely winter sunshine!
I’ve wanted to visit Norway for ages and ages to climb the ice that drips down the sides of the massive gorge below the famous heavy water plant. With the history surrounding the place (The Heroes of Tele-mark, Kirk Douglas, Ray Mears, World War II nuclear struggle, etc.), who wouldn’t want to visit?
Well, Rjukan is an awesome venue – fantastic ice, not as expensive as I’d feared (especially with super cheap – 2p return – Ryan Air flights), just two hours from the UK (that’s much closer than Scotland), and inspiring scenery – recommended!
The route in the picture above, Sabotorfossen (WI5), was amazing and included a bit of climbing past old metal work that had been bulldozered over the cliff edge from the heavy water plant!
Not the best weather (zero visibility on the top) but never-the-less, a dry day to kick off the new year in the Lake District!