WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge – Treat

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”

Joy and I (mostly me) have a lazy streak (OK, just me). A big treat that’s a major part of a day walking for me is coffee and cake. Two places that are BIG on this treat are the alps, with the wonderful selection of mountain huts, alms houses, and hill-top cafes, and the south-west way along the Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset coast. These have some of the best cafes in the country, rightly famous for their clotted cream teas. I usually can’t resist taking a picture of the refreshments, often in progress or fully demolished. A great cup of coffee, a delicious cake, wonderful surroundings, and a good book. Heaven.

Langdale Sunrise

I worked hard for these shots, starting with the alarm going off at 4am so I could be in Langdale by six, in place for the sunrise. I was rewarded with a wonderful dawn and the light changing from blue to pink to orange to yellow over the course of about ninety minutes.

I used the Olympus OMD-EM10 for all these shots. It seems to have replaced my Pentax K20D as my “serious” camera. I love using the EVF for live histogram and focus peaking. It’s lighter so I think the tripod keeps it steadier. It’s got a slightly smaller sensor so gets slightly better depth of field. All in all, I’m getting better shots with it. Also, the Pentax is starting to misbehave with age.

Elterwater autumn

It’s getting near to the peak of autumn colour now. The lake district is wonderful at this time and between Grasmere, Ambleside and Langdale is particularly good. The light wasn’t at its best but it wasn’t too bad, a soft overcast with occasional brightness. At least there wasn’t any wind, so most of my pictures ended up nice and sharp.

I took both my Olympus OMD-EM10 and Pentax K20D. Stupidly, I’d forgotten the memory card for the Pentax. I was shooting mostly with the Olympus but I got the Pentax out to use the long lens I have for it. I had the bright idea I could take the SD card out of the Olympus and put it in the Pentax and this worked fine. Then I put it back in the Olympus – uh-oh! I turned it on and saw “Card Error” written in red on the display. Scary. To cut a long story short, I put it back in the Pentax and deleted the picture I’d taken with it, then back in the Olympus and it worked again.

Moral of the story – don’t share cards between cameras without trying it out first. Second moral – don’t forget your memory card in the first place! I remember once going out to take photos and remembering everything – filters, tripod, remote release – but forgetting the camera.

Climbing at Woodhouse, 20th October 2015

Our indian summer keeps on giving. We had a lovely afternoon climbing at Woodhouse Scar with the CMC – Simon, Michael and myself.

Simon and I started with Curving Crack. I’d laid hands on the starting move for this last week and couldn’t figure out how to get off the ground but Simon led and showed me the way. It was possible but very strenuous. A good route.

Total routes done:

  • Curving Crack – Simon led
  • Alpha – Simon led by a left-hand variant we hadn’t done before, harder than my normal right-hand way
  • Kryton Crack – my lead, first time led after top-rope practice last week
  • Basin Cracks – Simon led, a very good route with a strenuous start.
  • Jetsam – my lead, first time on this route this year.
  • Original Route – my lead, an easy touch for VDiff.

Then a shandy a the Big Six, a secret pub just round the corner. The kind of place you’d never go in (assuming you could find it) unless someone else took you but a really nice old-fashioned pub.

I think that’s it for outside climbing this year, it’ll be back to indoors for the winter from next week.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

You don’t get much more ordinary than painted lines on the road. They have strong colours,┬ástrong lines and interesting textures. All things that make for, hopefully, good photographs. You’ll have to be the judge of that.

Thirlmere Autumn

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

The theme for the this week’s Daily Posts’s challenge “Happy Place” is easy for me. Wherever I go in the mountains to photograph is a happy place. Joy calls my trips┬áto the hills “recharging my sanity batteries”.

On monday I went to Thirlmere in the Lake District. This is a relatively new place for me and it was very beautiful.

Rylstone climbing 10 October 2015

It was the CMC’s Yorkshire club meet yesterday and the venue was Rylstone. Joy and I have often climbed there but not for quite a few years. I remember it fondly for the tremendous views and beautiful scenery on a warm sunny day, though also for the cold and winds on less than kindly days.

Olympus OMD-EM10
The view south-west from Rylstone crag.

Unusually the crag was quite crowded and naturally most people were climbing the popular three star classics. This left us with the very unpopular no-star well named route Sandy Buttress. The book suggests doing it in two pitches but really it’s a single pitch route that’s broken in the middle by a big grassy area. Very delicate, especially in it’s fairly lichenous state, and not a lot of gear. Getting down from the top is “interesting”.

We managed a better route next, Forgotten. Only Diff, but a nice line, nice moves and nice rock.

Finally, the crag was quieter and it was our turn on the classic easy route of the area, President’s Slab. We’ve done this several times before, though as I said not for some years. It well deserves its three stars with a great line, increasingly exposed as you slant up and right, with perfect rock and great gear to reassure you all the way.