Saturday, 24 July 2010

Bob Graham Round

In 2009 Dave completed the Bob Graham Round in 24:01:05. One year later he's back and determined to go under the 24 hours.....

Climbing towards Sergeant Man as the cloud thickens.

Leg 1 & 2 were dispatched ahead of schedule under a full moon and I joined Dave for leg 3 at 5am. As we traversed the Langdale Pikes we climbed in to thick cloud with a chilly wind. However crucially the rocks underfoot stayed dry and Dave was getting plenty of food down his neck as we continued to tick off the summits at a good pace. Dave was going well and despite me losing a bit of time with the navigation he was down and through Wasdale just 2 minutes behind his 23:32 schedule. The forecast was for light winds and showers in the afternoon. However within 15 minutes of leaving Wasdale a wall of rain came down the valley and they were soon battling against ' gale force winds with the rain coming down like stair rods.' Still with plenty of time in the bank but with an accident or hypothermia a real risk Dave & Carl made the tough call to abort at Black Sail Pass and descend to Honister Pass via the Climbers Traverse. A brave effort in some truely disgusting conditions and I'm sure we'll all be back out for attempt number five in the not so distant future. Amazing effort Dave.

Descending from Harrison Stickle.

Scrambling down from Broad Crag.

Stacking the odds in your favor on Broad Stand

Warming up back at Honister Pass.