With bad weather forecast for Robinson (G/LD-021) a change in plan was called for and according to the weather forecast it was supposed to be dry on Slightly Crag.
I usually (bribe?) my children to come along by offering a breakfast at a cafe before the start, but I failed on that one. The only place I could find that was open required guests to book a table and didn’t publish prices on the menu this seemed a bit upmarket of Greggs where a cup of coffee and a bacon roll come in quickly. I thought my version of smart casual required for a hillwalking might fall short of the dress code and as Woody didn’t arrive with kennel club membership he would probably be stuck outside… so we had a slightly late start after having some food at home. According to the map software it is 46 miles away - but that took 1hr 50 to drive - the roads are rather slow, or perhaps it is just the ageing driver…
We talked at “The Loan” 562785 meeting the resident who confirmed that it was OK to park. They don’t get many walkers…
The first part of the walk was easy along well marinated forest tracks. Most of the forest was felled recently so there were views.
Once again storm Arwen had caused problems and there was a couple of places where a detour was required, so by the time we reached Twolads Crag at the edge of the wood, a mere 1200 horizontal m and 100m below the summit it seems that it would only take a short sprint and we would be there. The new barbed wire fence was the first challenge (there is an easy crossing at 590809 which we used for the return). We got the dog over safely but my legs suffered!. So now just the 1200m walk, which took nearly 45 mins, deep heather, bogs, rocks all adding to the enjoyment.
By the time we arrived at the trig point I just had the time to remind myself we were there because the weather was forecast to be better as it started raining heavily.
The trig point had been rebuilt in 1999 and was intact, with the remains of the old one nearby, indeed the end of the old one served as a base for the mast. A bit of faffing around with a tarp and we were dry… ish.
Stayed for about 45mins in heavy rain on the summit with contacts on 40, 20 and 2m (thanks again to the chasers) (KX2 and EFHW) which was followed by a slightly easier downhill walk across the bog and hillside. Woody is attached and is as usual expedition leader trying to get anywhere at twice human speed…
On getting back to the car a large slice of Chocolate Cake from Katies work and coffee - brewed in the Jetboil with the cafetière filter hit the spot.
So…I’ve activated the not quite least activated English Summit that is still current, I think Swinside on private land near Keswick with just 31 activations beats it, but at just 37 still fairly rare and it isn’t on my repeat list. I might be waiting a bit to turn it into a complete…
… so I notice from my private challenges I seem to have somewhat changed the plan, and I now only have one summit left to activate in G/SB… so that will be my first area completed! 50 completes is also getting very close and Red Screes and Robinson should get my next target and the half goat is just three more points after that!
Finally my forthcoming retirement will see me handing quite a lot of Windows computers back to the office, and after spending the best part of 20 years working or fighting with Windows it seemed like a time for change so I have gone Mac and have switched logging from Log4OM to MacLoggerDX. I still have some learning to do, and uploading photos the right way round is a challenge but so far so good!
Apologies to Mark (G0NOM) for the title but I did my usual and took the kitchen sink… 1.5l of water most of which got carried both ways, the shelter (very useful) spare jacket (not needed) EFHW transformer - which is too heavy and would probably take 100w, KX2, spare battery, FT270 and a J pole as well as the rubber duck and of course a small sachet of cat food to bribe the dog… so heavy on the crag - and that is without taking into account the waistline.
Thanks again for all the chasers, and apologies for the short activation it was tipping down!
Paul (Katie and Woody)