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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Friday, 6 November 2009

44 – Green Bell – No. 2 of 49 - for Jack

Tuesday 3rd Nov
5.5 miles – north edge of Howgills and south of Ravenstonedale
360 m of ascent
2 hours 20mins

This was a straightforward there and back route starting from Ravenstonedale.

Heavy showers and hailstorms were interspersed with sunny intervals. The ground was very wet and I was wearing lightweight fabric boots recently bought and they were not up to the job. I will have to buy some new leather boots.

As I write this on Friday 6th November I have sad news which may be relevant to some readers. On Wednesday 4th November I attended Jack Isaac’s funeral in Bradford. Jack was one of the informal group, mainly from the Bradford area, that went off climbing in The Lakes in the sixties basing ourselves on Langdale and later Keswick where The Yorkshire Mountaineering Club had a cottage – most of us were members of the YMC. Jack was a couple of years older than me, He was a woolsorter by trade. He had an irascible nature and was given to frequent argument and strong opinions but was a staunch member of the group and well liked by all. The most abiding memories of Jack were his oversize Primus stove accompanied by a full size chip pan, his home rolled liquorice paper cigarettes, and his phenomenal knowledge of jazz.

Amongst a total of about thirty at the funeral there were present from our old group: myself, John Ellis, Peter Mansridge, Brian and Jean Lancaster, Terry Saunders, Douglas (Freddie) Milnes, Chris and Joan Durkin, and Pete and Linda Hindle. Malcolm (Sol) Lomas had a previous engagement impossible to cancel and sent his apologies and condolences.


Roderick Robinson said...

Almost the stereotypical Bradfordian. Those Hindles - they weren't the ones I wot of, were they?

Sir Hugh said...

BB - Sorry, do not understand your cryptic question re Hindles

Roderick Robinson said...

Wot - OE for "knew of"

Sir Hugh said...

BB - I did look it up in my Chambers Dictionary and it was not given with that meaning. I presume you refer to the Thackley Hindles in which case the answer is thankfully no.

Roderick Robinson said...

The home pic is greatly improved although it now carries a touch of mendacity. The boots appear to be floating effortlessly over the rough terrain; is that how you recall the Alpine GRs?

Sir Hugh said...

BB - Of course!

The Crow said...

My condolences on the loss of your friend. You've written a tribute that makes me wish I'd met him. I love a good argument.