Today we did the rescheduled #10mountains10months part three however due to adverse weather conditions we had to be flexible and unfortunately Kinder Scout had an amber weather warning for today so we thought it would be unwise to try and drive there and walk in the unsafe weather!
We decided that we would tackle the mountain that was supposed to be number 4 as the weather given was much better in the Lakes than in Derbyshire.
We had intended to do them in a certain order but the safety of the group is more important so we decided to be less strict!
We arrived in the lakes and the weather was beautiful, cold but beautiful, we were well wrapped up and Toby was rocking his new Purple for Papyrus Equafleece.
We tackled Coniston Old Man today which was just gorgeous!
The climb up was undulating for some and a little tough for other sections but so rewarding with some utterly astounding scenery!
The path was fairly decent terrain for the first section then gets very rocky and zig zaggy but pretty easy to follow throughout.
The weather was bonkers whilst we were walking – one minute it was glorious sunshine and the next it was a blizzard but it was freezing cold throughout!
We met a few people on route who advised up that no one was going up to the summit as the path was just ice and snow and really treacherous, we decided we get up as far as we could and see what the situation was as we got higher.
We met one group who were very experienced walkers they were the only people we met who actually went to the top and they have crampons and all the correct gear – we took the advice of everyone we met and made sure we stayed safe first and foremost.
We got to the lake Low Water and decided it was too unsafe to carry on – the path up to Low Water was pretty much just ice and snow covered rocks!
We are planning on going back and completing it properly when the weather isn’t so bad – to make sure we’ve completed all parts of the challenge in full!
When we got to the lake we had a snack (Sophie usually provides the Jaffa Cakes 😉) but it was so cold that the Jaffa’s were frozen!!
We obviously had to do a there and a back as we couldn’t get to the top – so the climb down was a little difficult as it was really steep and slippy with quite a lot of loose rock.
As always we had an amazing walk – talking about our memories of Rob and Phil who we are doing this challenge in memory of and trying to plan further challenges to keep us busy!
We didn’t get to spread our message to many people as the weather was against us (again) but hopefully once we get to the summer months we’ll be able to talk to more people!
I got some amazing pictures and had a great time doing the walk – slightly frustrated we didn’t get to finish but we have to keep safety forefront on our adventures!
After doing this walk in the Lake District I cannot wait for the others that are in that area! It was just gorgeous, as much as love the Peak District and Wales it made for such a nice change to go somewhere new!
Today we also trialled Toby’s backpack customisation! I have managed to get some of his labels on it (yey for Velcro) so we are hoping to get him some special labels for when we do charity walks – we’ll keep you posted on those!
Once I got home it was back out in the snow to take Amos for a little walk (he’s been having a day with Billy today doing boy stuff) but the cold and the snow confused him so we didn’t stay out too long! Now they are both napping and I’m counting down until I can take some more cold and flu medicine!
Thanks for reading! Hope you’ve had a great Saturday and didn’t get caught in the horrendous weather! 🐾💚