Monday, 10 August 2009

3 passes

So I went back to Nan Bield on Friday with Mark, weather was looking good and I guess it was, clear blue skies but it was uncomfortable, not that hot and didn't feel humid but as soon as you put in any effort at all sweat pored out of you. Different route to last time, parked in kentmere and went straight up stile end cutting out green quarter, loose rocky drop into Sadgill and first big climb up gatesgarth, nasty. A "bit" of pushing ensued, but was dispatched without too much unpleasantness. Gatesgarth was said to have been sanitised which had me worried but it seems rather than turn it into a tame boring downhill it's actually harder. On the switchbacks they've cut a run off ditch out, so as you get to the corner your stuck in a ditch you have to climb out of as you corner - tricky. Anyway pretty good downhill. Quick break at the bottom before the 'orrible climb up NB. An hour of pushing carrying swearing and cursing followed. The downhill was worth it tho, bloody brilliant and no offs this time. Coasting back into kentmere we ignored the car and the easy way out and instead headed up passed kentmere hall going for the hat trick, garburn pass too. About 10 minutes from the car I ran out of water, damn, 2 litres in just over 3hours, ah well I could scrounge a bit of Burks 3L only for him to announce a few minutes later he'd run out too. Ah. The route round to garburn was OK, and the climb started off easy, despite being bloody thirsty. It soon steepened up tho but was mostly rideable and is probably 100% rideable on fresher hydrated legs. Garburn was a decent downhill, fast rocky bit of tech just not quite as good as the other 2. Was pretty knackered by the time we got back to the car and needed a caffeine boost at Staveley before the long drag home. Legs didn't feel too bad Saturday but my back and arms were aching from all the carrying. Good route tho, well recommended.

4 comments:

Julbags said...

May have saw you in Kentmere on Friday morning. As I parked up by the Institute there were two MTBers getting ready to set off.

It was indeed a hot day, I ran/crawled round the horseshoe. Legs still don't work!

D0NK said...

Yep that was probably us :-) small world (again) Just googled "kentmere horseshoe" 12miles 3500ft+ ascent sounds bloody hard work!

Julbags said...

I ended up with 13.45 miles and 3,800 due to route choice trying to make the last descent as easy as poss. It was hard work but I bet it was easier than pushing/carrying a bike.

D0NK said...

Ouch! We carried pretty much all of nan bield and pushed some of gatesgarth but worth it for the downs - IME running downhill is just more pain