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Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Christmas Competition winner is...

Sgurr an Utha © Richard Webb (Creative Commons) - image courtesy of GeographMartin Banfield was the the first out of a very full hat of correct answers - no chance of any of you chaps and chapesses getting 'misplaced'. Even the the incorrect entries were very close.

The correct answer was Sgurr an Utha NM 88502 83976 (to match the precision of some of the entries - digital mapping - doncha just love it?). This picture by Richard Webb shows the west ridge.

Now, many of us (and especially me) might be looking to lose a pound or ten after the midwinter feasts, and what better than a bracing stride over the Howgill Fells? Yes, Mike Knipe's January walk is now over in Random Doodles.

Having been charged with route planning for the TGO Challenge I've now got maps spread over the floor as the new year suddenly makes the deadline for submitting routes seem alarmingly close. I met walking partner Alan and his wife Lynnie for a pleasant pub lunch and discussed the route over a pint or two, so we are generally agreed on our stravaig.

"So, you just stayed in the pub then?" says Miss W on my return.

"Er...well, we sorted out the route. And we did walk to the Orchard tea rooms in Grantchester. It was jolly cold"

"Which pub were you in?" (I sense a trap)

"The Red Lion"

"Which is where, exactly?" (trap sprung)

"Grantchester." (ouch!)

"About a hundred yards from the tea rooms - I despair. You won't get across Scotland by sitting around talking about it. You need to get some long walks in. And a few decent hills".

She has lined up a couple for next week, so if you see a forlorn staggering figure in the Yorkshire Dales being informed by a lady in a blue TNF jacket, "You'll thank me for this in May" - yes, that'll be me, with my personal strainer, Miss W.

The serious stuff starts now.


Blogger Theo said...

Just missed it by 53 meters but close enough I reckon :-)


January 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I should point out that everyone within 100m of that GR went into the winners' draw!

January 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil, you'll be even more worried about the intensity of the training next week when you see what we have lined up for you. We thought it only reasonable that you (not of course Miss Whiplash) should sleep under canvas with dried rations to maximise the training experience (was only -8C earlier in the week and we still await the thermometer moving above 0C this week!

Drowned rat plus 1.

January 7, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Eeeeek! My sleeping bag is only good for -5c. I'll need lots of anti freeze.

What's the freezing point of vintage port btw? ;-)

January 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM  

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