Kentmere Round 02/08/2009
I got up early on Saturday morning and drove over the A66 to meet Paddy, Gill and Tony at Kentmere. As per usual for me it was tipping it down but i was raring to go after a few weeks way from the hills. My pack for this long day was as follows.
Clothing – NF Hedgehog mids, NF base layer, NF Horizon convertible pants, Haglofs Oz Jacket, NF baseball cap, in the pack i had spare socks, leather gloves, berghaus micra fleece and Reggata waterproof over trousers.
In the pack (ALpkit goudon 25l) – Jetboil, first aid kit, Tikka XP, mobile phone, Thermalite bivvy sack 2.0, map, compass, guide book, Sigg bottle
Food – Wayfarers meal, lucozade, 1.5l water in camlebak, 1l in sigg bottle, 2 crisps, packet of haribo, hot chocalate
The route was the classic Kentmere round with 2 additions, Gray Crag and High Street. This meant the walk was 14.5 miles long and took in 4400 ft of ascent. The start of the walk was covered in cloud and rain but it lifted when we reached Froswick and we were rewarded with views to Windermere. I did spare a thought for the runners in the lakeland 100 which was being run on this day with one of the check points being Kentmere church, well done to all the people involved.
The route of this walk was picked out of a guide book my sister in law bought me for my birthday written by Stuart Marshall, it breaks all the Wainwrights down into 36 circular walks and comes highly recommended. I did find this walk rather a long day but well worth it considering i bagged 10 Wainwrights.
My daysack performed brilliantly and i wont be switching from the Alpkit Gourdon, i am considering getting the 30l version for wild camping trips. The haglofs Oz kept out the rain and kept me at the right temperature, i hope i get many years of use out of this and hopefully i should as long as i keep the paclite material away from sharp edges. Kit wise this is the first time i have been happy with what i took, i think i am maybe 3 purchases away from completing my perfect kit for day hikes.
The pics tell the story (uploaded shortly)of the walk and back at the National trust Low Wray campsite we pitched up and headed for a few ciders at the Drunken Duck. A top weekend which has got me back in the throw of things.