Hurro! It me Ludo!
I is here to tell you about our expedition up a mountain. You might remember Mum wants to climb Scafell, England’s highest mountain in order to be a proper Cumbrian? Well, we thought we better start with some smaller ones first. Since we is not the kind of dog/Mum who does climbing, we prefers nice strolls. TND tooked us up this littler one called Yewbarrow.
According to the internet it be 2,060ft high, a mountain has to be 2000ft to be a mountain so it really a baby one. BOL! We did not get right to the tippytop, because we came round the back way, walking along a stream so it would be more scenic, but the back way to get to the top via a bit called Stirrup Crag did not be safe for us doggies in our pawrents opinion, so we turned back around instead of going the last 20ft or so.
Firstly of all, we went on a saturday. Saturdays is good days because TNP does not work. First the peoples got up and had breakfast (and so did we) then they went to get dressed. We has a good sniff of TNP’s selected clothes and yup, we could tell, they was not work clothes, they was walking clothes. Hurrah! So we started jumping around and barking like crazy. I always jump up next to TNP, whilst he gets his walking trousers on. One time my legs went inside the trousers where his legs were going. He thought that was funny! Sometimes I donk him on the nose with my head and that not so funny for him.
Anyway, off we went…
See that sun beam? Mum had to go pretty slowly at first cos she just had a wisdom tooth out under sedation the day afore so she beed feeling a bit dopey. But we did not want to waste our sunny saturday!
We walked alongside this beautiful clear stream and sometimes we drank it and cooled our paws too.
Here Arran be showing Mum a Cairn he found. Cairns is little stones that show you is going the right way.
Mum being a slow coach as usual!
And here lake Wastwater in the background.
Up and up. It got darker and windier in amongst all the peaks. Plus some of the ground got a bit gravelly and slippery. That why it important to have nice thick sheltie fur and four paw drive. Or good weatherproof coats and shoes if you is peoples.
Then when we got to stirrup crag via Dore head and started climbing. About here it started getting very climby. That easier for the peoples cos they has tall bodies, a couple of places we got a bit nervous and had to be passed from one people to another over a big rock, we got most of the way up but then TNP went on ahead cos we could not see the path anymore and he decided that way too steep for us. We still had a great time getting to the almost top though. Apart from Mum would have preferred to keep going up as she does not like doing the very steep bits down very much and sometimes had to slide down on her bottom like a caterpillar. Maybe next way we will try the front way via Overbeck Bridge instead.
We got back to a flat bit and had some lunch.
Wastwater looked very pretty from high up.
We joined back onto the path at the place most people go up… the front way and watched some people winding up to the top without doing the Stirrup Crag bit, but we enjoyed our scenic route anyway.
Mum tooked a photo of me from on top of this style. I climbed it by myself twice. Little Scamp could not, he be too scared and Mum had to lift him over.
Great fun Mum!
~Lickies, Ludo! (the mountaineerer!)
pee ess: We will not be around for a few weeks, although we might schedule some posts we wont be able to reply to comments. In two saturdays our peoples get married and they have been busy organising it too, so that why I has not posted for a while. See you soon!