After activating The Calf NP-013 on Tuesday 28th October 2008, we descended back to the top of Cautley Spout. Here we continued straight on, following the green path ahead towards the big green dome of Yarlside. It was looking superb in the bright afternoon sunshine. Despite the cold, it had remained dry and bright with only minimal wind, so we were pleased with that. That morning's BBC TV forecast had indicated the possibility of a sharp lunchtime shower. This was looking less likely in increasingly clear and deep blue skies.
We got the foam mats out and plonked down by the babbling brook on very steep
ground. A couple of cups of Root Vegetable and Butternut Squash soup (delicious
- recommended) and a Cadbury's Boost bar each replenished our energy and mental
resources sufficiently to attack the remaining climb with renewed vigour and
It was still a steep pull up onto the ridge which took lots of effort, but once
there we were greeted with an easy distinct path to the summit. After the
customary photographs by the summit cairn, we set up the 2m SOTA Beam
(horizontally again) a couple of metres down in lee of the wind. The views from
our operating position were stunning. This time we made 4 contacts on 2m CW, 5
on 2m SSB and 3 on 2m FM, a total of 5 for Jimmy and 7 for Tom.
For the descent route, we followed the ridge down over Ben End, and dropped down
to meet the bridleway back to the layby and the Cross Keys Inn. Although the
ground was definitely damp, it was not the unpleasant bog that Steve G1INK had
encountered here two days earlier. Plus we had the added bonus that it didn't
rain at all, all day. My mind began to turn to the prospect of hand-pulled Black
Sheep Bitter and homemade pork and black pudding pies. Until we saw two
depressing signs on the inn: "Unlicensed" and "Closed".
So homeward bound it was for a Weston Balti and a bottle of red wine. A splendid day out with a super circular walk. Plus two SOTA uniques and 8 points. Thanks to all callers, especially the intrepid 2m CWers.