So, in case you didn't know, our bunch of climbers usually do something charitable around the start of each year. More or less. Climbing extreme heights whackily or some such. This year, Bryn's idea was... is... to link up several local crags with a hike that takes them all in. Okay. That's next Sunday, the 10th of January, 17 miles (ish) and the charity we're working for is the Lower Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Bryn has charge of the donation page, which can be found here.
But first, we needed a warm-up. The hivemind selected a route full of classic elements - the grounds of Bolton Abbey, by the Strid. The woefully named Valley of Desolation...
...the slow and ultimately foggy climb up to Simon's Seat. Down and across the valley - a fine link I had not done before - to Troller's Gill...
...which was impressive to behold, but clearly impassable. The last landmark of note was the fine pub in Appletreewick, though I was deceived by their defaulting to beef dripping chips - delicious as they were, they weren't accessible to all of the walkers present...
We got back to the cars, about 12 miles done, and darkness descended - we'll have to make a better start next week and keep a livelier pace.
More photos here.
All this, and I still had time for a bimble around The Depot with Rob in the evening. Crazy, eh? Yes, it's all crazy, but it's what we do, and sometimes we need help. So please donate. If we don't need it, someone sometime will.
Oh, and happy 2016! Here's to many ticks in all our activities.
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