Bowfell.... Whoo Hoo!
Written by Angela Espin
Monday, 07 November 2011
| As some of you are already aware, I set off for Lakeland a couple of weeks ago with 12 Wainwright fells left to climb. It really came as a bit of a surprise to me that I would ever reach this stage! For many years I only managed to get a week's stay in Lakeland once a year and it doesn't seem long ago that I decided to have a go at completing all 214.
Angela (l) on her 214!
On Friday I finally achieved my goal when I found myself standing on Bowfell, my 214th summit. The weather was decidedly murky, but spirits were high as I celebrated with a few special friends by enjoying... not a glass of something alchoholic.... but a mince pie! No one thought to bring a bottle of bubbly. There are quite a few of you that I would have liked to be there to share the moment, but the very mixed and unsettled weather during my holiday meant that nothing could be planned in advance. It was touch and go that we would manage the walk to Esk Pike and Bowfell on Thursday, as very high winds were forecast, but luckily that wasn't to be the case. If only the weather could have been like this week!
Four hardy souls were determined to join me, come wind, rain or shine. My husband, who drove up from Lincolnshire, Dave D, Jill and David who made the trip over from Yorkshire. Thanks to you all...you made my day! :o)
Photographic conditions were poor on the whole & I have yet to sort out an album of the day, but the photo above shows our Bowfell summit photo
which was taken by one of a group of lads who turned up at just the right moment.
Thanks also to John P, Ann and Roger, Sherran and Bill I'd never have made it without them. A special mention goes to my beloved Bailey who has been by my side in all weather conditions... woman's best friend indeed!
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Words of congratulations from OFC members:
Once again, a BIG congratulations from Bill & I. It was a shame that we were'nt able to get there to join you for the walk, but at least we managed to have a nice meal in the evening.We will have some bubbly LOL Bill & Sherran
Hi Angie, congratulations on this fine achievement. Not too many folk will finish on Bowfell, being an early target for most. Whooo Hoo!! Richard
Knowing your round would finish on my favourite and most climbed fell I was determined to join you. It was a shame the views were not better but at least the forecasted wind did not materialise! Hearty congratulations. Dave D
Congratulations on your great achievement on a fine Lakeland Mountain. It is certainly one of the best in my opinion and it's a wonder you left it until your last. Neil Haslewood
Congratulations! I never saw the view on Bowfell either so one I want to do again but 11 more to do before then.
You must be elated! Tanya
Congratulation, Angie, and welcome to the 214 club. Shame about the weather but I'm sure it didn't dampen your spirits at all. Nice to see the summit photo of you all. Liz
Many congratulations, Angie, well done. Terry
Well done Angie, you¹re ahead of me!! Not that climbing Wainwright¹s was ever a personal need or ambition. Mark Richards
WHOO HOO indeed Angie, huge congratulations from me :o) A fantastic achievement! Maggie
I would like to add my congratulations on completing all 214 Wainwright Fells. A great choice to finish on to! Fr. Paul Harrison
"On Saturday we met up with Ann and Roger Hiley, John Paterson and Terry Gargrave for a walk up High Rigg and on Monday we met Paul Harrison on Pike O'Stickle. It was a real pleasure meeting everybody and we enjoyed every minute." Dave Leslie