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Yep, tells us about your trip!

Recently, all we've done is hour-or-so 'hikes' in local state parks. It is good to get out, and the dog loves it.

Over New Year, I was back in my homeland, and myself and some friends from Uni days rented a cottage in Grasmere, in the (English) Lake District. We've done this every New Year since 1996/7, although I missed last year. It started off with 3 of us staying in youth hostels with an old Mini and an old Land Rover (older than me!). The Mini is no more, and my Land Rover is up for sale. These days there's half a dozen of us (this time 6 + 4 visitors staying in the area), new cars (okay we rented!), etc. I guess that indicates the growth in income, if you're a graduate! :-)

The other two "originals" are "Peak Baggers" (hiking trainspotters as I call them) - they're aiming to do all the 2000+ft peaks in England & Wales, and all the "Wainwrights" in the Lake District (these are defined as 'notable peaks' so exclude some of the technical 2000+fters, but include some that are lower).

They do some manic hikes (7-8 peaks in a day, although they hike horseshoes & ridges so it isn't as hard as that sounds), which I've joined them for in the past. I prefer to do more interesting walks.
Also 2000-3000ft peaks don't sound much, but your typical British hike starts from near sealevels. The valley bottoms are usually 100-150m above sealevel.

Also over NY, there's a good chance of snow & ice. This year we had the best weather ever - no rain, some snow, lots of ice, and wonderful clear skies. (it can be quite miserable if there's rain & low cloud).

I'm out of shape - the first day knackered me, and we didn't go that high - or particularly far. The second day we went around Grasmere Lake (which was frozen!). The third day we had a lazy half day and went up to a tarn up on the hill behind the cottage. Very pretty with the ice, but on the way down we passed a group who were not equipped!!
(no maps,etc. [asked us the way], poor footwear & coats, etc)

I've got some pretty pictures, I'll have to scan them and put them on my website.

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