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Felltop remembrance services held

Posted 12 November 2012
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Felltop remembrance services held
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November 11th is a day when, every year, people stop what they are doing and fall silent for two minutes to remember those who made the ultimate sacrafice in wars.

For members of the Wainwright Society, this involved putting on insulated jackets and walking boots as they headed for the felltops.

The society has just spent the last weekend marking 60 years since the publication of the first of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells - The Eastern Fells - which came out on November 9th 1952.

Beginning with the Wainwright Memorial Lecture by leading mountaineer Alan Hinkes on November 9th at the Rheged Centre near Penrith, the weekend continued with a Saturday ascent of Dove Crag, one of the fells listed in Wainwright's first book.

This was followed by Remembrance Sunday services on Castle Crag in Borrowdale and on Great Gable. Both fells have war memorials on their summits.

While Castle Crag is the least lofty of the 214 fells in the guides at just 952 ft above sea level, Great Gable is one of the highest and most iconic Lake District mountains at 2,949 ft.

Its pyramid shape is central to the famous view from Wasdale that marks the offical symbol of the national park. But while some people will stop and admire, those climbing the mountain at this time of year will certainly need to be well prepared.

With the first snows of winter having already fallen on high ground around Britain, winter boots and even crampons may be needed for the climb, while people should be well-prepared for a lengthy day out as the peak is a steep one from most angles.

One attractive route may be to climb from the top of the Honister Pass, not least if Wainwright bagging is on the agenda. Several other fells can be included on the hike, including neighbouring Green Gable.

Those who have set off from the Borrowdale area up via Honister to the peak may return via Aaron Slack, a large gully running between the two peaks to Sty Head and its tarn, from where a path can be taken back to Seathwaite.

It is known for its shifting scree slope, making it a much easier route to descend by than climb up.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801485903-ADNFCR