Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Extended Fairfield horse shoe & wild camp Nov 17


With my furry friend not able to make the fells anymore, i had to put up with my friend Lee's company for this trip, but he is very good company





We didn't meet till 9-45, but once parked up we were soon off, to make it a bit longer we walked down and then up over Snarker pike and then onto red Screes summit, before a drop to the pass and a last pull unto to the main ridge again




 We saw and caught the edge of a few of the showers you could see roaming over the fells with many rainbows to be seen near and far. Once back up onto the main ridge of Dove crag the Northerly wind made itself known and had us reaching for gloves and zipping up tops 





We picked up water close to camp and were soon brewing up each in our own shelter


There was some great light but sadly some cloud out in the west closed down our view of the sunset,so i wondered back to my shelter and had another brew watching the clouds race over the top of us












You could tell that the clouds were full of snow by the dark colour of them coupled with the falling temperatures.The first came in around 7pm and for a few hrs they were really heavy and intense.The hard North wind hammered them into our shelters as we sat and scoffed our tea , i had another excellent pasta meal form Bla Bland bought from Basecamp foods 



A full moon could be seen behind the clouds so i tried to get a few night pictures as the wind did its best to numb my finger ends 








In the distance and carried on the wind could be seen and heard the fireworks displays going off at various points of the compass









Dawn came late,as is the way of the short Nov/Dec days so id had a few brews before some colour had me leaving my down bag, and trying to capture some pics, sadly not much snow had fallen 

















The temp was just above freezing but he wind was up a bit and had a real bite to it 

























 It was a nice dawn,until i walked over to Lee,s shelter to find him cooking bacon ! being a good sort i did get a nice bacon wrap of him









Leaving no trace of my camp was a little hard to do this morning 



We wondered up and over Fairfield,suprised at the lack of people then we followed the ridge and met the first of the other hill folk near Heron pike,racing to catch the first of this seasons white dusting,the wind was still  biting but the views were good 












And then we were on Nab Scar and the sharp drop down towards the roads and as we dropped the temp rose up and it was a warm walk back to the cars 


Heres a screen shot of the route and a short video of the walk, sadly it looks like not many of these blog posts or videos will feature my faithful hound Oscar anymore,as arthritis has taken a strong hold of one of his front legs, but i hope to get him out for a short walk and wild camp in a wk or two.....safe travels Peter

                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SouzESX3Fgs&t=28s



             Ive put two links to video ups that at least one should work on whatever device your viewing on, as always best viewed in HD,for some reason you-tube seems to default to 480   

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A wild camp for Oscar dog,Shap fells Oct 17

I knew this time would come but i always thought it would come on more slowly, than it has.When he was two years old he damaged  the ligaments in his shoulder when running in a forest and coming to a stop "In a pile of wood" very quickly, it took a month before he stopped limping

So roll on another 8 yrs of year round wild camping, sometimes (according to viewranger and Social hiking) he did 200 too 300 thousand feet of ascent a yr.Which has i guess has taken its toll 
About 2 months ago he left the back door of our house landed briefly on the decking,3 steps down then clearing the next 5 steps he landed with a bump on the lawn, but that cat didn't half move quickly :)
We've had a few trips to the vets, they are certain its arthritis and he's now on full dose of Metacam a day and 200g of Tramadol and still has a bad limp, but with these pills he can now manage a 30-40 minute walk with Jill in the mornings 

After 2 months this was his first trip to the hills, safe to say he looked like he was going to burst with joy, it was moving to see him so happy to be on the hills again


 

The Shop fells is normally where i hide through the summer months, to help avoid the chocked up roads


There was some lovely light falling on the fells and with a few stops we arrived on Great Yarlside summit, having already seen a few groups of stags and heard a little of the bellowing 

























I had a play at taking a few night shots, but the full moon dawned and that was the end of that !








With no place to got was a very late start away from camp, which was used watching the morning mist roll around

























A slow amble brought us back to the cars and home again,i think ill try and take Oscar out for a wild camp once a month still, just to help him remember his very many great adventures 


A quick short vid of trip, thanks for looking and safe travels