|Dow Crags in colour!|
- Back packs
- Appropriate walking boots (we saw trainers, wellies and loafers)
- Appropriate walking clothes (denim jeans and a denim mini skirt coupled with leggings)
They did however appear to be in full possession of an overly optimistic sense of their own mortality. Seriously, show the Old Man some respect! The thing is, should we have said anything? Chances are we'd have gotten a mouthful and we know that at least one of those groups got down uninjured (see later). Kind of like smokers - we know it's dangerous but everyone thinks it won't happen to them because their "Great Aunt Mildred smoked for 50 years and died aged 99". I just sincerely hope MR read them the riot act when they require rescuing.
|Steve over Goat's Water|
|Old Man Ridge|
|Old Man Summit|
|We weren't alone. This was our first clue...|
So, time to descend via Low Water and that's when the trouble started. Am I the only person who prefers going up to going down? Give me a hard ascent any day over a slippy slidey route down off a fell. Wetherlam, Fleetwith Pike, Skiddaw, Loughrigg; I've slid down them all, and today I added the Old Man to my list. I have a *very* poor sense of balance at the best of times and the snow and ice really wasn't helping. Anyway, I tried to make the best of it and have some fun...
The most embarrassing/ annoying moment of our descent was when we were overtaken by one of the ill prepared walkers we'd seen earlier wearing jeans and white trainers. Oh the ignomy. Still we slithered onwards and, pausing only to argue fiercely about the route when either a farmer or the OS were at fault for leading us to a dead end, we found our way back to the car just as darkness was falling. The first proper winter day in the fells this year - bring on the rest!