Pragmatism versus Purism

Posted by @ 4:57 pm on Monday 18th May, 2009.
Categories: Wildcamping

After my failure to subdue the Coniston Fells last month, a rematch has been approved. Sometime during the next few weeks I'll be having another go, subject to the back being given the green light. This time I'll take a roll of gaffer-tape and some nails to hold things together - there's no way I'm going to be forced off the mountains by injury twice in one season, after having kept a clean-sheet ever since I started 35 years ago.

It's a moot point as to whether or not to include Dow Crag again - I'm tempted to be pragmatic and give it a miss, heading for the heart of the group of fells via Levers Water. That should give more options for extending the route on Sunday, which means that the shops of Ambleside won't be so much of a temptation (although the pubs of Coniston may fill that rôle). Then again, I suppose a purist would start again at the place where the previous attempt went awry, which would mean a trudge back up The Cove to Goat's Hause. Hmm... maybe I should just let the weather dictate the terms.

Whatever happens, I'll be taking it easy. These things shouldn't be rushed. I can't see the point of fighting the M6, gravity and the clock 😉

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7 Responses to “Pragmatism versus Purism”

  1. BG! says:

    Well, there's the insurance company referred to in the next post! :mrgreen:

  2. BG! says:

    But seriously...

    The back's a lot better, I reckon it'll be OK so long as it's not provoked.

  3. Glad to hear that, and hope you have a pain-free trip (getting my comment in early on this one;-)

  4. Mark says:

    I hope that you have a good trip, free of back problems.
    If you do decide to head for Levers Water, there's a corking route up the eastern side of Gill Cove which with some judicious contouring brings you out onto the top of Raven Tor from where the onward climb to Brim Fell is delightful. It's initially steep, relatively pathless, but if my experience is anything to go by you will have it all to yourself even when the Old Man is thronged.
    Of course, over 35 years you may have discovered it yourself already....

  5. BG! says:

    Cheers for the route recommendation, Mark. I've just checked it on Memory-Map 3D and it looks good. I'll probably give it a shot if I camp at Levers Water.

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