Captains Cook tries snowboarding
Once I had digged myself out of the car park I headed for Newton under Roseberry and parked up on the roadside. Only a 4×4 would make it into the car park. I threw on my winter gear and head off for my usual first port of call, Roseberry Topping. I picked the steepest slope and practised kicking steps, it reminded me of the slog up Toubkal last year (same kind of snow). A chap on the top took some pictures of me bringing some mountaineering to the NY moors and after a brief chat I headed off to Captains Cook Monument.
The slog to Captains Cook Monument was a real tester, I was walking through knee to waist high untouched snow and it was bloody hard work, much harder than the previous weekend. When I reached the car park on Dikes Lane I had burned off all the energy form my breakfast and sat down to enjoy some food and stick an extra layer on. The gaiters I had bought had proven to be perfect for today’s conditions and my feet remained dry and warm,
On the way up to the monument I was passed by two snowboarders enjoying the conditions. The pictures show the views from the monument and they were something special today. I decided the tramp to Guisborough Moor would prove fruitless as the snow was too deep to even think about trying to locate the cairn under all the snow. Shame though as I have visited the top before and the views to the coast are unbroken.
Walking back to the car I decided to head for Great Ayton and enjoyed the picturesque village being coated in a blanket of virgin white snow. Two great weekends on the trot from the North York Moors – I very underrated part of the country.
|Route Distance: 12.9 km||Time: 4:12|
|Total Ascent: 420 m||Total Descent: 420 m|