This is me, back from Wales with a spring in my step and an extra kilo of wobbly fat around the belly from all the lovely holiday food and booze. It would have been more, except for the exciting walks and interesting naps I’ve been having in between the scoffing and general lazing about waiting for it to stop raining.
And the reason for the spring is that I’ve managed to achieve one of my goals for the year – that is, to complete a list of hills; the list being The Hewitts (drumroll, fanfare etc). For those stunned into indifference about this feat, let me just say that Hewitts are really just a higher class of Nuttal. Those still displaying blank looks maybe need further details: The Hewitts are hills in Englandadwales over 610 metres (2000 feet) high with an all-round re-ascent of 30 metres (Nuttals are the same but with just 15 metres) Altogether there are 317 Hewitts in Englandandwales (and 209 in Ireland but I’m not doing Irish hills..)
And so, I did my first Hewitt on Good Friday 1964 as part of the Ermysteds Grammar School for Boys Easter teachers boozing trip to Foredale cottages in Ribblesdale when it came to pass that we climbed Penyghent, lead expertly by a leader who was even more over-weight than me and who, additionally had no idea at all how to get to Birkwith where our tents had been pitched.
The only link with this post is the fact that this teacher was Welsh and that the final Hewitt was bagged by me and superdawg on 6 October 2013, sometime after lunch on the summit of Mynydd Mawr, a hill specially saved due to it’s isolation from other hills and it’s ease of ascent – just 6 miles and 2000 feet of ascent from Y Fron, in fact, including the outlying HuMP Moel Tryfan
So I’m chuffed.
Bruno is chuffed (he’s usually chuffed as it happens)
We’re all chuffed.
More stuff and nonsense about hills bagged and other things regarding our October holiday in the Lleyn Peninsula later. In the meantime, I’m just going to sit here feeling smug and sipping my blackerry gin wot I’ve made specially for this occasion.
Will I finish the Wainwright Outlying Fells before the end of the year? ….
More of this type of stuff later (see pic below)