Sunday, 2 January 2022

Twenty twenty one wild camps for the year






So we come to the end of another strange year,Covid and some family stuff has affected 2021 ,so less camps than normal 




The first didn't come till the 2nd of April where after a "Brain fart" i used a Nallo 2 i bought over the Christmas break.We walked over the Coniston fells and had a night on top of Grey Friar,returning the same way the next day 








Next one came on 17 th April and a camp on the summit of Great End again after collecting some Wainwrights for my brother 








End of April and a steep pull up saw us camp on Middle Fell 








The 2 nd night saw us pitched up on Yewbarrow followed by a very wet and windy walk down the next morning 





The 5 th camp came on Hart crag summit on the 14th May 





The end of May saw us on the Bhein a Ghlo munro over 3 nights and an interesting walk through the Star wars set on day 2 














An old ruined farm house gave us some flat ground for the last nights.I first did these hills in Feb 1993 when me and a friend snow holed in a huge drift between two of the summits 





Steel fell summit gave us a cracking camp after a long tramp around in the heat collecting peaks in the area ..12 th June camp 9 of the year 





A solo trip in July saw me cross the Coniston twice as water was so scarce saw me camp near Walna scar bridge 











My best trip of the year came in August,when Matt came over and along with my brother we had a long 3 day trip out from Ravenglass station and back


From the station we walked over Muncaster fell then up onto the Screes camping on Ighill head as it gives such a great view, the heat was a problem on this trip mind 








The next day saw us drop and then ascend Scafell,returning over Slight side before making our way over to Hard knott summit for my 12 th night out








October gave us some wet weather with a camp in strong winds on High Raise 


A day of picking of odd peaks saw us finally camp near one of the many Burkett peaks on the back of Place fell..the bellowing stags a constant on this 3 day trip








A camp in strong winds close Brock crags finished of a grand trip, upping Jamies total Wainwrights nicely 





It was not till late November we got out again with a trip up to the Lochnagar Munros in some big winds again.The camp above, behind the summit of Carn á Choire Bhoidheach was made just before the rain came on and sheltered us much better than it should have done from the strong winds we had battled all day


Hard and cold winds found us a few Munros later the next day seek out some shelter just behind the summit of Tolmount summit for the 17 th night out,a small amount of snow added something to the grey views....the gusting 60 mph winds and thick spindrift, let me remind myself i can still navigate 😀








This year brought a bundle of black dynamo energy in the form of the black lab Maggie,so i bought another Tarptent Scarp1 to add to my shelter collections i think it will work well with her.Oscar was always in the porch on his trips but I'm TOLD this Lady dog has to be inside the inner with me !


So after a swerving route i had plotted out we ended up camped on Helvellyn summit for my 18 th camp on the 18th of December 


 

So a few less camps than normal but given the late start due to lockdown, the arrival of the back fur ball (You forget how hard work puppies are ! ) my dad was more ill than normal for a while and a summer that was too hot for me to enjoy backpacking .We reached the end of the year, still all here and still looked after by my lovely wife Jill.....heres to 2022 and some cold weather, been warm, wet and windy so far......Safe travels to all, hope to enjoy some more camps with friends this year..fingers crossed i can use my ticket too Northen Sweden later in the year too 

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