Exciting Plans!

Pulling faces with Piglet on top of Scafell Pike

Pulling faces with Piglet on top of Scafell Pike

Hi peeps.

I mentioned a week or so ago a plan to get out and do something exciting, and I’m now in the process of planning it. It’s not the right time of year to try LEJOG or the GR10, but I reckon I’ve got just enough time to embark upon a continuous round of… the Wainwrights 🙂

I’ve never been a peak bagger, so I’ve no idea how many Wainwrights I’ve done in the past. I’m hoping it might be possible for me to get round them in less than a month, though, with little Piglet, starting in a couple of weeks’ time. I know it’s been done before, but not by me, and if we succeed then Piggly will almost certainly be the only dog to have completed them all before she’s a year old.

It’ll have to depend upon the weather, to some extent: Piggly’s not rufty tufty enough yet to plough on and on in foul conditions, day after day, and I’m not a sufficiently accomplished navigator to lead her safely round them if we’re struck with a month of thick fog. We’ll give it our best shot, though, crubeens allowing.

And to celebrate, this morning I ordered a pair of PHD down trousers, having read about them on Darren’s site. Thank you, Darren! I’ve spoken to PHD and they hope to have them ready for me to collect from Ambleside in a couple of weeks. I already have some PHD down booties, and these days they’re just about my favourite piece of backpacking equipment. Agonisingly cold feet in the tent at dead of night are now a distant memory.

I’ve started drawing up routes on Quo (I’m very impressed with Quo, by the way, now that I’ve got over the initial unfamiliarity of it–many thanks to Colin for suggesting it to me), but route planning is not exactly my forte and so it’s taking me some time. Now that I’ve more-or-less nominated a start date, though, I’ll have to press on with it. Any tips on fitting the highest number of Wainwrights into the shortest possible number of days most welcome 🙂

I really hope it might be possible to meet up with some of you, if you’re going to be in the Lakes while Piggly and I are there. I’ll post more about my intended schedule as it falls into place, but it would be brilliant to walk with pals from time to time, and I can promise any takers a thorough licking from Piglet.

Right! Off to take Piggly to the woods, and then to press on with the route planning.

25 Responses to Exciting Plans!

  1. John Hesp says:

    Can I come? 🙂

    I see you beat me to the down trousers.

    I can’t offer much on the route planning side except to say maybe start and finish out on a limb if there is one (Coniston?) to save going there and back. Do rounds from base camps?

    Any tips on fitting the highest number of Wainwrights into the shortest possible number of days most welcome

    Run? 🙂

  2. kateC says:

    sounds like a grand plan. have a look at joss naylor’s account, if you haven’t already:
    http://www.rathbonesofkeswick.co.uk/item/prod/joss-naylor-mbe-was-here/58/513/

    • Piglet says:

      Oooh, ta! I’ve just ordered that. Thanks v. much for the tip 🙂

    • John Hesp says:

      That’s an interesting book. I’ve just received my copy and plotted the first day on Memory Map – approx 68miles, 24,000ft ascent, 34 Wainwrights.

      Using that as a basis (not a very good one I admit), if you do a quarter as much per day (17miles, 6000ft per day) it’ll take you four times as long – 28 days.

      On the other hand he had to group them into seven day runs which might not be as efficient as a greater number of day walks.

      • peewiglet says:

        I’m hoping mine might come today!

        28 days of 17 miles? Hmmm… I’ve roughly plotted 10 days so far, which has taken me round the Eastern and Far Eastern fells. I don’t think my average days are as far as that (Quo’s in KMs, rather than miles, so I have just a rough impression so far).

        I have a book called “Walking the Wainwrights” which divvies it all up into, I think, 36 circular day walks. I’ve not been following it for route planning, because I’m assuming that circular walks will be less efficient at getting the hills in. Still, those aren’t terribly long days, on the whole.

        I’ll be v. interested to see the Joss Naylor book when it comes. I’m sure he’d have been able to run round with both Piggly and me in his rucksack, and still beat any existing records!

      • John Hesp says:

        I know, I felt exhausted just reading the first day…..

      • Gayle says:

        “Quo’s in KMs, rather than miles”

        If you go into the ‘View’ menu in Quo and go down to ‘Distances’ you can change the units of measure (just noticed that ‘inches’ is one of the options!).

        I keep intending to get to grips with kilometres, but I still find myself having to do the sums to convert to miles for it to mean anything to me.

        (And now running away quickly before I succumb and follow the link to buy a copy of Joss Naylor’s book)

  3. Gayle says:

    Oooh – that is an exciting plan! An imminent adventure – I’m very jealous indeed.

  4. Martin Rye says:

    Walking in the Lakes and all the tops as well. Adventure of the highest order.

  5. Mango Terrier says:

    Piglet – have yr mistress take a look at this
    http://www.oneiros.co.uk/maps/wainwrights.htm

    Wuff!

    • Piglet Monster says:

      Wuff! Thanks, Mango–I will tell her. She’ll definitely like that, because her own little diagram is much less easy to read.

      *dashes off to swap the good news for a biscuit*

  6. baz carter says:

    A grand plan – when are you setting off? And how long are you planing on taking to do the rounds?

    • peewiglet says:

      I’m excited!

      I’m hoping to leave within the next 2 weeks–7-10 days from now would be ideal. Well, July would be ideal, but that’s now 9 months away *g*

      I’m not sure how long it’s going to take because I’m still planning the routes. I’m sure it’ll be less than a month, though (assuming we get round: don’t want to count chickens etc). I’d really like to finish on or before 19th November, because that’ll be Piggly’s first birthday 🙂

  7. baz carter says:

    So you’ll be be up there during half term

  8. baz carter says:

    I know what Gayle means… I’m well versed in using Kms with maps but I have to dig out the 5/8 rule to work out how far that is in miles for it to mean something. Probably due to the fact that we still use miles for distance/speeds on our roads. If we’d swopped over years ago miles would be a memory like the thrupenny bit. Quo gets a mention again – must go and investigate.

    • peewiglet says:

      Quo’s v. good! I find it particularly good for planning a project like this because of the way it’s organised. There was a bit of a learning curve, not helped by the fact that there isn’t a proper Help file with the programme, but there’s a good and active forum where the owner/programmer/whatever he is answers questions.

  9. Best of luck with this one PW. Suggest you keep a rolling post of your ‘planned route for the next couple of days’ and swap mobile numbers with those whose company you may find acceptable….

    • peewiglet says:

      Thanks Martin 🙂

      The mobby and route updating ideas are very good ones. I’m also thinking of assigning an email addy for it, so that I can keep in touch with peeps who may be around without having to d/load the bunch of spam that now comes to my ordinary email address.

  10. Gayle says:

    I’ve been sent today some documents that might help you with your route planning – but I’ve not got your email address to send them on. If you’ve got my address (I assume that you can see the one that I put in when I post a comment?), then drop me a line and I’ll forward them to you.

  11. peewiglet says:

    Thanks Gayle 🙂 I’ve emailed you.

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