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Stonethwaite Camping and Gorge Scrambling in Borrowdale

Our latest Lake District trip was a fun weekend in Borrowdale with camping at Stonethwaite and ghyll scrambling up Seathwaite's Grains Gill. Borrowdale is one of my favourite Lake District valleys, seeming more lush and dramatic than many of the heavily grazed fells elsewhere in the Lakes. Accessible trad climbing, bouldering (The Bowderstone) and watersports on Derwent Water add to its appeal. The basic facilities at Stonethwaite campsite (toilets, taps, nothing else) were ample and its location next to Stonethwaite Beck stunning with views up the Borrowdale valley. High on my list of good campsite factors is a westerly ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/lake-district-borrowdale-camping-gorge-walk-scramble

Bob Graham Round: A group attempt - planning, training and logistics

It was summer 2014 when Rob first voiced a desire to do the Bob Graham Round, a classic fell running challenge involving 42 summits, 66 miles and 27000 ft ascent in the Lake District to be completed within 24 hours. Like many runners, my introduction to "the BG" was Richard Askwith's book "Feet in the Clouds". While reading, I had dismissed the BG as crazy, and little had changed when Rob mentioned it. The exact Bob Graham route isn't strictly defined, but the 42 summits form a large loop (map here). Having chosen clockwise or anti-clockwise (the former ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/bob-graham-round-planning-training-logistics