Most memorable mountains and other equally epic Easter entertainment...
We've done a lot of walking since Fallan history began on 1st April 1978. More mathematically minded Fallans can attempt to work out how many vertical feet and/or miles we've travelled during the last 25 years. Carolyn regularly used to claim that our Lakeland walks had merged to a blur in her memory. In fact, all she really needed to prise them apart was a gentle reminder…
For instance, I'm sure that all the Fallans will instantly recall our wet walk round Wastwater (which the Log politely describes as a "low level stroll") in 1983. Equally, I'm sure that Diana (and Carolyn too, if we were able to ask her) remembers every minute of the descent of the Wastwater screes in darkness in 1986, and Mike certainly hasn't yet forgotten his Fallan induction on Pillar when our trusted guide and navigator (Jeremy) mistakenly led us down through the cloud and snow/rain into Wasdale, some 20 or so miles from home.
The young Fallans first scaled Scafell Pikes in 1981, then tackled Helvellyn via Striding Edge in 1982 (without any of the difficulties experienced by a subsequent Fallan party on that route 15 years later). Pillar was next on the hit list and was bagged in snowy 1983, with Scafell (the last unconquered summit over 3000') finally falling in 1984.
In the beginning, Haystacks was our favourite mountain and we climbed it three times in the first three Fallan years, the most memorable ascent being when Carolyn got soggy feet helping to deposit (and later rescue) a 5 year old Jeremy on an island in one of the tarns in 1980. Bowness Knott may be a baby in mountain terms, but its always been much loved by the Fallans and is undoubtedly our most frequently climbed fell.
All our walks have been memorable in some way - for being particularly boggy perhaps, or for having an unfordable stream, a glorious view, excellent swimming pools, snowy bum slides, or just because we got lost (again)!
Are you able to name the highest/lowest points reached on Easter Day, or give the time of Jonnie's record-breaking ascents of Bowness Knott? If not, here's your opportunity to refresh that fading memory!
Further Fallan fun to be found in the Log
Fallan catastrophes, heroics, record-breakers and classics: