Saturday, 3 January 2015

2014: A Retrospect

A little late to the party - but nonetheless...

I must confess, this year has been a quiet one hill-wise. You may have gathered this from the lack of updates (though this was also due to the PhD thing). Confession time: I haven't been up a hill since mine and the Yeti's less-than-victorious return from the Lakes.

But until I got all useless, I did get some good hills in.

Okay, some are repeats of old favourites but there were some new sights to be seen. So - like I did last year - I figured I'd do a quick run down of the 5 best walks I've had this year...


5. Lingmoor Fell (July)



The weather was a bit dim and dreary and a poorly Yeti meant that we couldn't venture as far as we would have liked, but this was still rather a nice walk - and it meant that Sam got to tick off his first Wainwright.



4. Mam Tor Circuit (June)



This walk has a special place in my heart and countdown for more soppy reasons. It was my first hill walk with my mum - and she did pretty damn well considering that she'd nearly died from a perforated ulcer at the start of the year. Plus I took a particularly ace photo of a sheep (modest).


3. Side Pike (July)



Another old favourite. But there's just something about this teeny hill that's so lovable. Maybe it's the wonderful view for relatively little work. Maybe it's the scrambly bits (so much fun). I've no idea. But this is still probably my favourite thing to go up in the Lakes. It's looking as though we might not be staying in Langdale this year (we'll see), so this might not appear in the next retrospective... but somehow I reckon that I'll end up begging and bribing my way to going up it next time I'm in Cumbria anyway.


2. Illgill Head (July)



This was the most heartbreaking hike of last year for one key reason: the clouds. I was expecting a glorious view of Wast Water when we got to the top (after all, it was pretty clear when we set off - with no low cloud forecast) but all we got was, well, this. But hey, that's just the way the scree tumbles sometimes, and it was still an awful lot of fun. Plus it meant that after two years, I finally got to replace Middle Fell as my highest hill climbed. I reckon I'll be looking into walking up and down this one again this year. Preferably on a clearer day.



1. Mickleden (July)


Ok. This is totally cheating. As noted in the write up of the day - a walk through Mickleden was chosen over a hill due to my very fragile state at the start of our Lakes trip. So it's not a hill at all. But this really was my favourite walk of 2014. That place is the very definition of beautiful. And playing around in the streams was far too much fun as well.


I hope you've all had a damn decent 2014, both on the hills and at sea level

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