#10mountains10months Part 7 ⛰🏔

Saturday was #10Mountains10months part 7 – we headed to the Lakes to tackle Great Gable ⛰

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It was set to be a long old day for me and Toby as for the walks in the lakes I drive to Sophie’s to car share, Sophie’s is an hour or so drive from my house.
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We then had a 2 and a half hour drive with Sophie to get to the start of the walk!!
I left home at half six to set off for Sophie’s and the plan was to start the walk shortly after ten ish.
We arrived at Sophie’s slightly later as my sat nav had a mind of its own and took me all around the houses!
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That had a knock on effect on the whole day so we didn’t start the walk until 11 ish!
We had company on this walk, Abby and Harry joined us, Abby had joined Sophie on her Scarfell Walk last year in memory of Rob and had wanted to join us for one of the walks this challenge!
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It was lovely having extra people with us – as we have found with previous walks, people seem more inclined to talk to you about it if there are more of us!
Harry was an absolute trooper! Him and Toby (the two with the smallest legs) were absolute stars and did so well with this climb!
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Great Gable was a tough walk for Toby as a lot of the route is loose rocks and boulders which he finds difficult to negotiate, he as always reverted to mountain goat Toby and other than hurting his foot (which is why he is backpack-less on the photos from the descent) and being carried down one short section he wasn’t phased at all!
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This walk we didn’t actually plan a route as such, we did some research about the route and looked online for some alternative routes and information but we wanted to start from Wasdale and the routes we found didn’t really allow that.
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We spoke to a very nice farmer when we arrived and he told and showed us one of the routes up, which was the path we chose to follow.
The weather was against us for this walk – it made a change from all the warm weather we have been having.
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When we arrived it was quite chilly and most of the climb we were walking inside a cloud! I had checked the weather forecast and knew it was set to be foggy, so wasn’t expecting the views to be seen by us!
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It made it quite difficult to negotiate the descent as the path isn’t very clear towards the top as you are just walking amongst boulders and cairns – there are several cairns so even if we wandered away from the path we did manage to find our way down without getting too lost!!
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The fog and cloud lifted on the descent so we were rewarded with some beautiful views towards the end of the day!
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We got to talk to a few people about why we are doing what we are doing and chat to them about our challenge so far, a few were interested in the walks we had done and what we had left on our list of climbs!
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This was an emotional walk for me as we did this walk the day after what would have been my brother’s birthday, this time last year Toby and I walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks with my mum and dad in memory of Phil, so I had been thinking about him more than usual over the past week.
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We are already planning next years challenge – we’re still in the ideas stage at the moment but we’ll be sure to think of something exciting to keep us busy next year!
Once again thank you for all the support throughout our challenge and for the help raising awareness for these two amazing charities 😍
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Being silent isn’t being strong – it’s time we talked about it.
Be someone’s shoulder to cry on – make yourself available to friends and family and ask them how they’re feeling.
❤️
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If you go down to the Woods today 🌲🌲

We didn’t do a blog last week as we didn’t have the best week (stresses of adult life sadly) and we didn’t really get out for much of an adventure – I got up early doors last Saturday to take Toby for a mini adventure to Alderley Edge for him to have some one on one time.

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He had a whale of a time and it was a good start to the weekend!

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We didn’t get up to much else other than a late evening walk with both boys and a trip to the pet shop to stock up on goodies and to weigh the boys;
Toby is 8.7kg
Amos the tank is 18.4kg 😂😍
We had another less than exciting week (again adult life saga getting in the way of fun time adventures!) we got a few little adventures in but the weather has also not helped us getting out for adventures as it has just been too blinking hot for the boys!
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They’ve had lots of pool time in the garden and have been enjoying early morning walks and late night strolls to avoid the heat as much as possible.
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We ventured to Spud Wood on Wednesday evening for a little adventure which was lovely and somewhere different for the boys to explore! It was a really peaceful walk too which me and the boys really enjoyed!
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We woke up to rain on Friday morning which was bliss! The boys had a delightful morning sniffari on Friday enjoying all the fresh smells in the wet grass 😍
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This weekend I wanted to make sure the boys got to go to somewhere fun – so we headed to Llandegla Forrest.
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I knew Llandegla would be a challenge for Amos as he gets confused by the noises that bikes make – but from memory the bike and walkers paths don’t cross all that often!
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Amos struggled a little to begin with as every time he heard a bike he woofed, he’s making progress though as once it had gone past us he stopped woofing and carried on sniffing 😍
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Towards the end of the walk he was doing a throaty noise rather than full on barking so he’s improving constantly!
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It’s a slow old slog with Amos, he has some great days and some terrible days and sometimes things that he’s been fine with (noises wise) can completely freak him the next day!
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It’s all a learning curve – but no one can say he is having a boring life – he’s getting to adventure and explore with his pal Toby and is enjoying all the new experiences!
Hopefully this week will be better all around (for adventures and the pain in the bum adulting I need to do)
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Hope you have all had a much more fun filled few weeks!
Thanks for reading!

Cheshire Heat wave = mini adventures! 🐾

This week has been sprinkled with mini adventures due to the heat!

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 The boys also have the paddling pool in the garden have been spending most of their days this week rotating between napping, paddling, sun bathing and repeating!
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 We’ve seen all the posts being shared on social media about not walking dogs in this weather – and to some extent I agree – obviously I wouldn’t walk them in the middle if the day or when the temperature is too high, but both of the boys (and me) would go completely stir crazy if walks were completely stopped.
At the end of the day you know your dog best and as long as they are happy and comfortable that’s all that matters!
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We’ve been doing more indoor enrichment to keep their minds busy and making sure they get a semi interesting walk in the evening!
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On Tuesday evening we went for a late night adventure to Teggs Nose Country Park, which was lovely and peaceful and we got to see the sunset which was beautiful!
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 That’s been the first uneven terrain we have walked Amos on since his op and he did amazingly well!
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It made for some beautiful pictures whilst we were out to!
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 Wednesday we had a late night lake trip which was cut slightly short as we found a stray dog so had to try and re-unite him with his owners – we did after about half an hour or find out who he belonged to – he’d managed to escape the garden!
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Thursday evening is training night for Amos so Toby has a peaceful evening at home and a solo walk when I got back.
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Friday evening after a hectic day in work I took the boys for a late night climb up the Cloud in Congleton, this is more rocky underfoot and there are lots of big  jumps that Amos needed to navigate, as usual he used Toby to work out his surroundings and followed in Toby’s mountain goat footsteps!
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The trip up the cloud also meant Amos bagged his first trig point photo (he has been walked at the cloud before but never made it to the top as he wasn’t able to walk that far)
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 We also got some more beautiful sunset photos! (It’s been the week for them!!) the only slight problem which I had not considered was the descent from the top of the cloud takes you through a woodland – which was pitch black by the time we were walking down! So we quickened the pace down back to the safety of the car!!
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 We’ve had a very relaxed Saturday, a trip to the pet shop to stock up on treats and frozen goodies to help the boys through the hot spells and to get some new stuff for them to try!
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Our Saturday evening has ended with the boys tucking into the bones we picked up from Ginger and Browns – Amos has taken his out into the garden and Toby is sat on a towel in the living room eating his delicious frozen beef bone 😂
Billy and I have finally had our date night to celebrate our third anniversary – we went out for a meal whilst the boys napped 😍
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We hope you’ve had a good week and you or the pups aren’t suffering too much with the heat!
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