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Gallery 2014 - October

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall

Check out this YouTube video here of Danny Macaskill riding his bike along the Cuillin Ridge. Superb bike skills, and great footage of the ridge itself. The section ascending the Inn Pin is amazing

Members of the club who attended the climbing meet at El Choro in Andalucia in 2010, and had a trip on the Camino Del Rey, will be interested in the links below. Often billed as the 'World's Most Dangerous Walk', El Caminito Del Rey (The King's Little Pathway) is a one-metre wide walkway traversing a gorge, over 100 metres above the torrents below.
The YouTube link here gives a good idea of the walk, and here shows how they are re-constructing the path, including some footage of a helicopter flying very close to the rock face.

An 80's Birthday Lakeland Quiz Night was held at the Strickland Arms, with Mike Palk as question master. The questions were loosely based around the Trivial Pursuits topics of Art & Literature, Sport, Science & Nature, but all with a Lake District theme. As it’s the club’s 80th, the final round was questions on the club’s history. All very enjoyable, which produced lots of head scratching.
Haweswater was reported a week or so ago to be revealing the old remains of the village of Mardale, but perhaps the rain since has covered up the ruins again as this photo from Harter Fell would indicate.
Here is a view of Skiddaw from Ireby as viewed in the 18th century. Things have certainly changed a lot!

Sunday Walk - Clougha Pike and Grit Fell
Cath and Mike Palk, Clare and Mick Fox, Roger Atkinson, David Birket, Val Calder, Frank Haygarth, Kevin Ford, Hugh Taylor

Despite a poor forecast of high winds and rain squalls, 10 members met at 10.30 at Rigg Lane car park near Quernmore. Mike and Cath Palk led us up past Windy Clough and onto Clougha Scar. The wind was felt but tolerated, but thankfully no rain. Lunch was taken in the shelter on top of Clougha Pike (below), before setting off along to Grit Fell. With the weather still looking iffy, the decision was taken to miss out Ward Stone and return to the car park via the grouse shooting track, complete with grouse butts and shelter en route.
A much better sight was the three sculpture pillars by Andy Goldsworthy (below). The track eventually leveled out and the route back to the car park took us along a lovely level stretch which carried a water pipe from somewhere to somewhere else.

Thanks to Cath and Mike for an interesting walk, and a nice change to move over into Lancashire: the first days walk to do so since Pendle Hill in September 2010. The year seems to becoming one for seeing Andy Goldsworthy sculptures following the Arch seen on the August mid-week walk, and all the better for it.

Below: Lunch in the shelter on Clougha Pike. From left to right: Clare. Val, Cath, Mick, Roger, Mike, Kevin, Frank, and David, with Hugh taking the photo

These sculptures were designed by Andy Goldsworthy and built between 1999 and 2001 - one pillar per year - for the Abbeystead estate of the Duke of Westminster. Nice to think that they were paid for by the Duke of Westminster who, in the past, has so jealously guarded his privacy on this land, and that the Open Access legislation makes it available to us all.

The installation takes the form of three 3m tall rectilinear pillars within a ring of roughly-piled stones (a disused quarry). Each pillar contains an ovoid hollow 2m high, slightly offset from the middle so it intersects the outer face as an oval hole.

Kevin illustrating the height of the ovoid hollow
Mick and Kevin examining three other pillars below the Goldsworthy ones, which are more reminiscent of the curricks in the northern Pennies.
Descending Black Fell, with another currick in sight
What a wonderful year for holly berries. This tree was absolutely laden. Lets hope that it's an indication of a good cold winter.



Groups ringing up that there is no water at High House is not an uncommon problem, and it usually ends up being one or more of a small group of people who have to drive up to High House to sort out the problem.
In this instance it was Mick and Roger responding to a call from St Aubyns School. The problem seemed to be a blockage in the pipe from the dam to the lidded tank. A temporary fix was affected by feeding another two pipes from the dam into the tank, leaving members to sort out the problem over half term.

Here are Mick and Roger opening up the valve behind High House to see whether there is any water going into the water tank in the shed (there wasn't) watched by a parent from the school

And here is Mick getting wet in the rain and the beck checking the feed from the dam, and Roger also getting wet checking the feed into the lidded tank.
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