Wow, the last four days have been a blur… This is going to be a long story, I recommend getting a celebratory drink first.The excitement started on Saturday evening at 23:10 but I’ll return to that later. Earlier in the day we had been in to Maternity Ward at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. Penny was on the monitor for about forty minutes and Ryan’s heart rate was around 140, with some increases, this was all healthy. Now ten days overdue, induction was booked for Monday morning, when in actual fact Penny and Ryan would be getting ready for returning home! Continue reading
A short video showing Ryan enjoying himself at Kendal wall.
On Saturday Penny, Ryan and I went for a walk up Dale Head from Honnister. It was a beautiful day and Ryan was interested by what he could see and stayed awake for the whole of the ascent. On the top we took a few photos and had a snack, Ryan ate some yoghurt and seemed happy to be up a mountain. On the way down we passed plenty of people who had not made such an early start, it felt good to have had our exercise before lunchtime.
It was a beautifully still day with snow from around 400m. The south facing slopes of Middle Fell were not frozen and we steadily headed up the ridge towards the summit. Bob wasn’t chatting as much as the rest of us and mananged to get ahead. Meanwhile Ryan took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep on my back. The views up the valley towards Scafell and Scafell Pike were excellent and with low temperatures forcast for the whole week the snow should be well-consolidated by next weekend. Ryan woke up briefly on the summit for a photo and then snored gently on the descent. There was a slight difference in opinion on the best route down, Lauren wanted to complete the circuit and descend via Greendale Tarn and Bob wanted to retrace our route of assent. Penny and I had the deciding vote and went with Bob, not wanting to push it with Ryan and making sure we had time for a pint at the Horse and Groom.
The plan was formulated midweek, allow Thursday’s rain to saturate the new snow and then hope that the cooler weather on Thursday and Friday night would freeze it hard enough for climbing on Saturday morning. Whilst things did not go exactly according to plan they were close enough to make it a worthwhile trip.Continue reading