Monday, 19 November 2012

Great Gable Remembrance 11 th november 2012

I had heard a lot about the Remembrance service on the summit of Great Gable , it seemed a good time to spend a day up in the mountains with friends and remember those fallen in the Savior of our country.
Through twitter a few of us arranged to meet up and join hundreds of other people to climb up to the summit for 11 o'clock two minute silence.  i got up ridiculously early to drive up the m6 to cumbria to be picked up at Ings by Paul and Sian , Jimmy was also getting a lift up to Honister as we thought parking might be a problem.  we where going to meet Gary and Tanya with Tilly the black Labrador at Honister at about 8.10 am.
When we arrived at the Honister mine NT car park it was almost full!   i guess the Seathwait car parking would be similar as quite a few cars in front of us on the way up took that turn off.

The car park was alive with people, loads could be seen already making their way up the steep paths up towards Grey knot and the way we where going to go up to Drum house and then along towards Green Gable.

the weather was looking great for once, but the Gable always seems to hold the cloud so I'm not expecting many views :)     we are making our way up towards Drum House first, i have never seen so many people on the fells at one time, can see a minimum of 30-40 whichever direction we look!

           heading past Drum house the mist is coming down  and giving very atmospheric conditions.

as we pass around Grey knotts  the mist clears for a bit and we get lovely views down Ennerdale  valley.

                                                                     Buttermere valley

We were in a line of people , maybe 40+ all making the way towards Green Gable  , the funny thing was, our group, headed by Tanya & Tilly were actually overtaking loads of people!   Tanya is renowned  as slowish walker but i think she is getting much faster in the last few months :)  we didn't even have any "Tanya stops"  so i was picking up the rear as i was stopping as usual to take loads of pictures!

   nearing the lower slopes of Green Gable , while negotiating rough ground Tilly decided it was time to "kill me"  as tried previously by Holly (aka the beast) on a previous twitteratti walk Sharp Edge  , she walked under my feet tripping me up , i landed on the ground in a heap ,my left knee hitting a rock and my camera lens filter hitting another, here is the result!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SMASH!!!

any how, one look into these forgiving eyes, i had to forgive her!   well maybe the thought of £28 for replacement delayed my forgiveness a little longer than it should , but could have been much,much worse!    :D                                 BUT LOOK AT THESE EYES!

she quickly received one of many dog treats that i gave her during the day :)    on we marched  reaching the summit of Green Gable and then going down into "windy gap"  which is a bottle neck where everyone arrives from different paths to climb up towards the Scramble section up the Gable.

                                                          down into "windy gap"

up the scramble section, its slow going with climbers of different abilities, many might not have been up this before.  i really enjoy climbing up here, camera safely in bag  lol   my knee is starting to hurt now!   Arghhhh

                             loads of people, an amazing site to see .  all with the same idea !

Having reached the summit of Great Gable at about 10.35 it was already packed with people , i have never seen anything like this before!  remembering it is a 2,949ft mountain after all  lol

there must have been hundreds of people already here and from each direction a steady stream of walkers making their way up towards the summit. we could even see a pink & yellow tent!!! Tanya even tweeted to the occupants to see if she could shelter  lol.    after a few Min's in the low cloud and mist, as usual!   Ray with "the beast" turned up along with Andy, both have been on previous twitteratti walks. both Tilly & Holy received more treats from Ray .

as 11am approached a short service was spoken by a member of the Rock & Fell walking club before we observed the two minute silence, which was very moving with the only sound a few whimpering dogs. afterwards everyone clapped, with most wearing gloves ,it sounded more like thunder rolling around the mountain!  Amazing!  then it was time for everyone to get off the mountain in their respective directions.   as we approached the scramble section people where already queueing to get down,its always harder going down these scramble sections. Sian was apprehensive about going down but she made it safely without much trouble.

at windy gap we paused to wait for Gary and i shot this image looking down to Styhead tarn with the mist clearing!

                                                              Tilly in Windy Gap

    we decided to go back over Green gable again then across to Brandreth and Grey knotts summits,

as we got nearer to Brandreth , Tilly spotted a small tarn and took off running, then "SPLASH"  haha
Tanya ran after her and i took these two images :)  you can see Tilly  coming out of the water in first image :D

Tilly now proceeded to dash around like a mad thing in circles trying to shake of some of the water which must have been freezing!   amazing how much energy she has after climbing all these mountains  lol
As we got to Brandreth summit ,the skies cleared and the views down Ennerdale & Buttermere valleys were amazing!    we took a few group photos with the superb background views :)

                                                          what a view!!!   see  LARGE

                                                                   Ennerdale valley


                                                     Pillar , Scoat Fell and Red pike

                looking down from  Grey Knotts summit more views appeared through the mist

                                             Tilly wondering where the next treat is!

      a final shots from Grey Knotts looking down to Seathwait in lower right hand corner,  i think  lol

                                                 a last glimpse of  Crummock water

  By now my left knee is quite painful so will be glad to get back to the car park.  we make our way down to Honister from Grey knotts , it was very steep but not too bad until Tanya slipped while busy chatting with Gary i think it was, and ended up on the ground   Ooops!
only pride hurt & i didn't even get a pic  !    must try harder next time :D

          What a superb Memorable day -   Remembrance on Great Gable,   until next year .

                                                                      Lest We Forget


  1. Nice Blog Phil and it is only right to point out the discipline of that silence.

  2. Your best Lakes blog yet Phil. Great story and great photos. Tilly has started a "pay Phil back for his camera filter" campaign and with eyes like that she is doing well...
    It was a really good day.
    Thanks for all the great Tilly photos :-)

  3. Great blog. Been reading up on the history of the memorial, fascinating stuff. Fab pics too!

  4. Gorgeous photos, Phil - even the shot of the car park. Only one star though as she eclipses all around. Yay Tilly!

  5. Great blog and pictures as usual Phil, looks like an Everest summit day!!

  6. Lovely photos - fantastic walk. Love Great Gable. Not too many accidents :-)

  7. Fantastic Phil - really well described. Would love to have been there. As usual, great photos and the ones of Tilly are beautiful :-)

  8. It was great to see you guys again.Thanks to Paul and Sian for the lift up to Honister..I was intrigued by those shelter tent thingys..I may invest in one of those.The view down Ennerdale was very interesting and I have looked at the map for Bowness point that Tanya mentioned..When i get some free time I will have a wander up that way..I'm going to get lost in the mist up Inglebrough this weekend so wish me luck''
    Till next time.......Jim


  9. Your photos are really special Phil.
    And a moving and memorable day captured so well.