Having said all that I can't pass a lump of rock without a stirring inside compelling me to assess it for potential lines and having a good look to see if there are chalk marks indicating climbing activity.
My Thursday walk with Pete this week took us close to Whitestones Crag (SD 387 849), a minor venue seen from the High Newton by-pass on the way to Newby Bridge.
Whitestones is geographically ambiguous and has ended up in the Lancashire Rock guide rather than one of the Fell and Rock Lake District guides and that may be why I don't often spot people climbing there. But there is another connection here. Tony was as an accomplished, and rock solid leader up to at least E1 grade and I would have followed him anywhere, but our sole visit to Whitestones resulted in the only occasion that Tony fell whilst I was with him. It was not serious - he was only a few feet off the ground starting the first pitch and the rope was of no help and he unfortunately decked with more of an affront to his dignity than injury. Tony was not pleased.
Our Thursday walk this week took us on pleasant lanes around High Newton with distant views of Whitestones stirring these old memories.
|The arrow indicates Whitestones Crag two and a half kilometres away|
|Incredible zoom to Whitestones taken from the location of the photo above. This was hand held - very difficult to keep still enough to frame the crag, but a tribute to the Panasonic TZ40 camera.|
|Yet another take on Lake District dry stone walling techniques|