The year kicked off with a chest infection for me, but it didn't stop me sneaking up Crinkle Crags on a particularly stunning morning.
Having started to get my "snow legs" we made the most of the conditions and gave Helvellyn a go. The shelter wasn't much use mind...
Deciding to stay a little lower our next hike took us to Holme Fell and Black Crag. Stunning location with fab views of 3 lakes - and pretty impressive sunlight.
|Black Crag sun|
And lastly for the month a wonderful visit to Great Rigg and Alcock Tarn, You can see from the tarn how peaceful and still the day was.
|Great Rigg & Alcock Tarn|
We enjoyed Crinkle Crags so much the first time that we went back again - though this time via a different route. This is a fabulous shot Steve got from Three Tarns.
|Three Tarns over to Scafell Pike|
We got to grips with inversions and caught a few fabulous ones in Feb, after an early start on Gummers How this was the last of the mist disappearing from Loughrigg.
March started off much the same way as February ended, but things were about to change. Not before we'd enjoyed a long day hiking Fleetwith Pike with a night-time finish over Haystacks.
|The sun about to bid us farewell...|
Later in the month the weather improved dramatically and we enjoyed a few days up at Wast Water.
|Picnic lunch on Ill Gill|
The next day we headed over Yewbarrow. Imagine, Yewbarrow in March in T-shirt & shorts!
|The other side of Yewbarrow|
We started April of in pursuit of Swallows & Amazons along the banks of Coniston Water and enjoyed glorious views of the fells.
|View from Coniston Water|
Easter found us looking at birds of a whole different kind as we admired this unusual plantation in the other Borrowdale valley.
|Is it a bird? Is it a plane?|
Cumbria Wildlife Trust held an open event at the nature reserve on our doorstep - and it would have been rude not to attend, especially with everything coming into bloom.
And we finished the month with a fabulous hike over Stoney Cove Pike where I spent too much time admiring the frogspawn and mudcracks!
|View down to Brothers Water|
Well, May was a busy month as I was writing for Berghaus and trying to cram in lots of adventures. Here's just a glimpse of what we did.
|A blistering hot day & a lap of Haweswater|
After a hot lake next up was a cool roof and some wonderful limestone formations.
|Hutton Roof Crags|
And then I got to meet one of my heros at the Keswick Mountain Festival...
|Chris Bonnington & simpering fan.|
...before relaxing on the wonderful Walney Island.
|Oyster catchers over Peel Castle|
|Small person. Big mountain.|
To be honest, the weather in June didn't bode well and our street was unfortunately flooded. We escaped, but some of our neighbours weren't so lucky. The spring in our garden only bubbles into life after torrential rain and it was going full tilt for around 12 hours.
|Lots and lots of water.|
|The amazing Red Arrows.|
|Kestrel - on the lookout for more Tern eggs.|
|Standing on the hospice watching all the nearby beacons being lit.|
So, that's the end of Part 1. Part 2 will be up and running tomorrow and will take us from Olympians to Murmurations.