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  Gene's Wainwrights (starting from Hull)
  Back in the front bit of the '60's folk didn't set out to "do" Wainwrights.
Nobody 'd heard of 'em. Some of the books hadn't even been written,
not to mention other books, which can't be mentioned for that reason.
  On top of that hols were meagre and wheels less round, so when G
and Judy hit Lakeland in '64 for a one-off week, they grabbed a peakful
of fist, 'cos they hadn't a clue what they were doing. First in the fist was Coniston Old Man, as in The Old Man of Coniston, which is a W, but was it then? You check .. Book Four! Date; 19th July 1964. It was Sunday without sun, but Lancashire's highest spot, (Oh yes it is!) was G's first proper thingy and a W too. From '66 to '79 Barnard Castle wheels got rounder and Lakes nearer, then '83 saw Skiddaw in Diane and G's Croft Farm garden. May '89 told of 46 W's G-unscaled, 14th .. the assault began. 19th July 1989, 25 years to the year, also month and day, 2 remained, Dow Crag, Brim Fell and Wednesday watched Gary Baum and Graham Tomlinson plunge naked into Goat's Water, while G saved his skin for a future bare beach and worried about getting up Dow. How? Route was crag, Easy Terrace they said. To come; wine, (by G) and "champers", (via G&G); plastic cups full on Brim. Next a sunny evening half mile stroll to G's twoth ascent of The Old Man.
First Wainwright, Coniston Old Man, 19th July 1964. Final Wainwright, Brim Fell, 19th July 1989.
  COM summit, a view to muse on. Gene .. no more D taunt, as in did Dow yonks back. Graham .. here watched unofficial Bluebird break a record, (No! not an LP!). And was it really 20 years since Apollo 11? G had 20th, but it was after 8pm. Lunar time? P'raps still 19th in USA? Then pubwards .. Coniston's Sun Hotel and more Donald Campbell reminders. 4 Brim pics, 2 with COM in view. Click 'em up there!

    Diane's
  Wainwrights
  Ten in '70's,
  only three of
  accurate date,
  then nowt 'til late '82 with D Arlecdon welcome to Cumbria.
  25 years and 10 days of civilised knocking 'em off later, D
  completed. Add on the '70's, though and she took 34½ + yr.
  20th October 2007, a sunny Saturday and repeat ascents of
  Great Carrs with crashed Halifax, Grey Friar with Matterhorn
  resembler rock and Swirl How, where Gene and Martin still
  hadn't been shaken off. All three headed for Wetherlam.
  First Wainwright, Blencathra, March 1973.
  Final Wainwright, Wetherlam, 20th October 2007.
  7 click-a-pics & titchy video to prove it!

Video Play List

Click below to watch 1. Wetherlam 2. Lyke Wake Walk & Helvellyn
3. Curleywee 4. Glastonbury Tor 5. Binsey
You can click 'em up to full screen too, not to mention back again!

The Video, showing Diane & Martin arriving at Wetherlam summit 20-10-07, gets in the way a bit when clickin' the pics, but you can drag the pics to viewability. D&G might add more videos to the list. Watch this/that spaceness!

Links

Gene's Ascents of The Howgill Fells

Dates of first ascents only
(Began 3-7-1966 Completed 18-8-1998)
Summits in order of height with key to map
  Summit Height in Feet Date

30

23

Col

19

25

6

3

4

2

43

24

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