Drawing 135: Windy Gap
Direction of view: S
Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of Green Gable. This view is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 494 (with two walkers crossing the gap), and appears on page Green Gable 9 in The Western Fells.
Comments: I first took this photo (image 1) on slide film on 26th May 1992, on a walk with Peter Messenger. My diary describes it as “a classic summer mountain day: shorts and T shirts for rocky scrambling to the tops, grand views of fells and lakes, fresh green colours and uninterrupted sunshine”. We did the walk described in the book Classic Walks, and got no less than 11 sketches.
Image 2 was taken on 6th July 2019, on a walk with Peter Messenger. We had lots of sunshine, and clear visibility. From Seathwaite we ascended to Sty Head Tarn for lunch, then round onto the south face of Gable, and so to Needle Gully. Whilst Peter went up to the Dress Circle I held his dog (Sam), then we separated, with Peter doing the Gable Girdle route, and me traversing to Little Hell Gate and, and up the steep screes to the Napes ridge, where I chatted with some climbers. On to Westmorland cairn for drawing 240, then a rendezvous with Peter on Green Gable, where we took this photo (image 2).
We opted to descend via Base Brown, and all went well until, a good way down the ridge, I stepped on a seemingly secure boulder, which rolled over and threw me forward, tumbling 20 feet down the fellside. I staunched the blood from a cut leg using my sock as a bandage, and with help from Peter and a couple of other walkers (from Milnthorpe, close to my home, thanks guys!), got safely down to Seathwaite, where an ambulance met me. I ended up in Penrith Hospital, to make sure the cut was properly clean (it was). This was my 2000th walk – memorable for the wrong reasons.