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Climbing Scafell Pike was amazing!

I drove about 5h all the way to the lake district and got at the camping site in Church Stile Farm & Holiday Park at about 10PM.. I was tired, my back ached from the relentless driving over 250m and I knew I had to unpack and get in my sleeping bag quick. The other people were looking weirdly at me as I pulled up in my car, probably wondering how I’m going to set up my tent in the dying light. I could hear their gasps of surprise as I pulled my pop up tent (that I could never really get back together easily) from the back of my car and “pop!” it was on the ground all setup. Within 5min I was asleep!

The yellow bit in the tent is my Pikachu onesie which is warm and fluffy and protects me from evil giants (heh! BFG comment included)

The yellow bit in the tent is my Pikachu onesie which is warm and fluffy and protects me from evil giants (heh! BFG comment included)

Next morning I was up and running and desperate to have good weather so I can tackle the mountain without the worry of getting soaked in pouring rain. It had rained the night before but the sound of it was soothing as it was falling down on my tent.

I drove to Wasdale Head (only 5 miles from my camp site) and the view on the road was breathtaking!

The roads in Cumbria are very narrow so you occasionally have to stop to let other cars pass from the other direction.

The roads in Cumbria are very narrow so you occasionally have to stop to let other cars pass from the other direction.

I got to the mountain, I brought up my ordonance map and I started slowly climbing on the shortest (2 and a half miles, about 5km) route to the top of the mountain. Slow and steady and with plenty of stops to draw my breath:)

As I was climbing, I came around a waterfall. I saw some people crossing it with their boots in their hands and I thought “what a pain!” Take off my boots, take off my socks, walk through cold and wet water, maybe cut my feet in some sharp rocks, noooo.

So I went through the water with my boots on. Evidently, me feet got wet as the boots are waterproof but only to a point.. I squelched for about half a mile on until I had to stop and at least put a dry pair of socks on.

As the climbing got harder, the view became fenomenal!

I managed to get to the top and it was busy! I had to split the top area with different selfie-stick wielding people but I had my go and I managed to get some pretty shots for the family.

The ascent was nothing like the descent! I found a path that went through two mountains and the ground was wet and slippery and you had nowhere to hold on to!

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It took close to an hour to descent the slippery slope (do you remember A series of Unfortunate events book called the same?) and on my way down I started dreading the approach of the waterfall that got my feet wet the first time. I was lucky enough to meet some old people who showed me a way a bit higher in the water course and I managed to pass while keeping myself dry!

All in all, it was wonderful and in the evening I went to a local pub and ordered a massive steak as a celebration! 10/10 would do again.

Downside: Massive muscle ache for about 3 days:)

 

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Tarzan – The new Bruce Willis of Africa

OMG! OMG! OMG! The Legend of Tarzan managed to blow me away last night! I dreaded seeing this movie … it’s been done and done before and just while I was thinking that Hollywood should stop doing remakes and come up with something original, the movie starts and we don’t see that dreaded opening sequence with the shipwreck and the baby Tarzan crying in the hands of the gorilla but a short history of Congo and the battle for imperial domination in the 1880’s and a bunch of explorers getting attacked by natives.

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Check out their feet! You can tell who the underpaid hired help are… And the guys does resemble Littlefinger a little.

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This weekend, the Ferkel is climbing Scafell Pike

400I’ve got my eyes set on the largest mountain in England and after doing Ben Nevis in early March, I plan to tackle Scafell Pike this weekend. This is the shortest and most direct route up the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike. Wasdale is a remote valley on the far western side of the Lake District surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery and contains England’s deepest lake, Wast Water.

 

Scafell Pike cannot be seen from Wasdale Head village green, it is hidden behind Lingmell. Only once rounding the shoulder of Lingmell’s south west ridge can it be seen at all and then only really Pikes Crag is in view. Continue reading

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I got half the answers wrong * Joke

A first-grade teacher, Ms Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, ‘Harry, what’s your problem?’

Harry answered, ‘I’m too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!’

Ms. Brooks had had enough. She took Harry to the principal’s office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

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‘What is 3 x 3?’

Harry:
‘9.’

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‘What is 6 x 6?’

Harry:
’36.’

And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

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