Sail and Crag Hill, seen as I head onto Outerside.
For God sake you don't have meet some Richard Edwards (think about it) on the fells. Anyone who has walked with me will know how easily I manage to keep warm and consequently I can walk quite comfortably in these conditions with no jacket, hat or gloves on. Well, it was just after taking this picture that some guy decided to tell about winter walking and how ill equipped I was for the fells.
The conversation went something like this:-
me - "hello, nice day isn't it"
him - "hello, , , , are you heading back down soon"
me - "yes, I'm making my way to Braithwaite after I've been up here"
him - "I just thought I'd ask because you don't seem very well equipped to be up here on your own"
me - "hang on a second, what do you mean not very well equipped"
him - "I noticed you haven't got a jacket or a hat on and where's your map"
me (in a blunt tone) - "I don't need a map and I'm not cold. If I was cold I've got everything I'm likely to need in my bag"
him - "you know the weather can change quickly on the fells at this time of year"
me - "this isn't my first time up here you know"
him - "yes, but I come to the Lake District for two or three weekends every year so I know what I'm doing"
me - "two or three times a year, , , right, , , OK"
I was just about to turn my back on him and walk away when he asked "where do you come from"
me - "I live here, where do you live"
him - "Ah, right, I see. So you'll know this area do you."
me - "I suppose you could say that"
him - "how often do you walk on the fells then"
me (trying to prove the point) - "two, three sometimes four times every single week"
him - "so which is the best way to get to Causey Pike from here"
me - "you are joking aren't you"
him - "no, I've never walked on these fells before"
me - "so let me get this right. A couple of minutes ago you were telling me how experienced you are and how inexperienced I must be and now you're the one asking me for directions. Sorry but I can't wait to tell everyone about this"
This time, I did turn my back on him and walk away. A Richard Edward if ever there was one!!!