Today we woke early to tackle one of the three peaks, Ingleborough, with my sister and her better half James. After filling up on some tea, coffee and some raisin and cinamon bagels (double rounds for the boys), we set out to the foot of the mountain for our adventure.
What started out as a gentle up hill climb, soon turned into a slippery scramble up an icy peak. The steps up were coated in snow, making it diffcult to catch your footing. I climbed up, hand and foot, to the top – encountering a couple of hair-raising moments when my feet slipped I was literally gripping onto rocks with my hands.
I didn’t I couldn’t look down. Slowly but surely we made it to the top. Now, to find our way back down.
Instead of heading back the way we came (which was far to dangerous) we walked along the peak and attempted to head down a less-rocky section. Much of it on our bottoms. Which was still good fun…
…until we realised that, if we didn’t want to walk another five miles, there was only way down – the side of a very steep hill. Oh dear. We managed to scramble down O.K. until we hit a plain of snow, the only way over it was to sledge as it was too icy to walk.
My sister, James and Dan flew down no problem – however, as soon as I put my foot on, I lost my footing and ended up in a horrible accident. I was going so fast down the ice, completely out of control, that someone had to stop me – otherwise I could have carried on into the rocks below and been seriously hurt. I crashed into Dan, smashed my head, my leg and pulled my back. Everything really hurts :(.
Able to get back on my feet, we walked/hobbled another couple of miles to the car. To sooth my soul after my ordeal, we headed to Settle for a Wintery ice-cream at the town’s tradition sweetshop. Even though my sister recommended blackcurrant and liquorice ice cream I was sold on cinder toffee sprinkled with nuts, Dan went for a double helping of double chocolate. Even though it was under 10 degrees, after such a big walk, eating ice cream was amazing.
I may be tired, hungry and hurting all over – but I can’t wait to go on this exact walk and eat the exact same ice cream again… minus the snow caps. It was the perfect way to bring is back to earth after a wonderful mountain adventure – now, to try and make it down to the tram stop on foot in the morning. This should be interesting.
I’ll let you know how I get on tomorrow.
Hayley Jayne xx