21 May 2009

Summer rain...

Summer rain, dripping down your face again
Summer rain, praying someone feels the same
Take the pain killer, cycle on your bicycle
Leave all this misery behind
- Pain Killer (Summer Rain), Turin Brakes
It's been damp of late and the last couple of days have been really damp. In fact they have been so damp that the idea of kayaking has been entertained on many occasions and as it has it yesterday evening saw us putting on a relatively low (6 on the gauge), but runnable, Aira Beck. Yesterday also saw me finish my last exam of my first year studying for a degree in Outdoor Leadership so the beck bashing mission was definitely the best way to celebrate the fact that I'm not back in lectures until the end of September.

Getting on Aira Beck.

Dropping one of the Seven Sisters.

Today saw me out in the fells around Haweswater. It wasn't the most inspiring walk, but a bad day in the hills is better than a good day in the office. To be honest it wasn't such a bad day in the hills; yes we had the odd splash of rain, but for the majority of the time the skies were clear and the sun shone down on us. The walk encompassed Mardale Head, Kidsty Howes, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Raven Howe, Red Crag, Wether Hill and finally Bampton Common before heading back along the shore of Haweswater.

Not what you expect at 550m, but Fix the Fells were hard at work repairing the path between Kidsty Howes and Kidsty Pike.

Looking to High Street from Kidsty Pike.

Looking across Haweswater.

I'll be in the ground's of Matfen Hall for the next three days as it is the first weekend of business for the new Go Ape course that has just been built there.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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