Bananas Bunny‘s travelling companion Seb says,
Inspired by Marmot Marv‘s recent summit of Everest without supplementary oxygen, Bananas Bunny (Bunny) has persuaded me to take him climbing various peaks in the Lake District. He realises that his attempt is pretty pedestrian compared to his hero’s glorious conquest of the world’s highest mountain, but hopes that Marv recognises that he is an inspiration to stitched and crocheted anthropomorphic creatures everywhere.
Here’s a few photos from my fun day up Wetherlam… I was surprised by how much fun the scramble up Steel Edge was, and Bunny couldn’t resist popping across to Black Sails. Just because it was called Black Sails.
Bananas Bunny has got his confidence rope on. But he seems confused about where he should be strapped on to his fellow climber. No, Bunny! BAD BUNNY!
The route up to Wetherlam is swarming with old abandoned quarries.
This one was full of sheep.
Wetherlam was shrouded in cloud when Bunny and I arrived at 8 in the morning
Wild foxgloves growing on the slopes.
The mist rolled away and the sun came out.
Bunny can’t resist a good waterfall.
A lot of the old mine shafts are flooded now, so it’s more challenging to go exploring in them.
The ridge in the mid-ground is called ‘Steel Edge’ and it was my and Bunny’s target for the day.
I can’t see a stream with stepping stones without imagining FairyJo trying to skip across it… usually ending with her soaking wet and less excited than when she imagined the idea going well.
Finally, Bunny found an old mine working which he could go explore in!
It was surprisingly dark and damp inside.
But that didn’t stop Bunny from roping up and going exploring!
When we’d finished playing with that mine shaft, Bunny wanted to go explore this one, but it looked substantially less accessible than the previous one.
Mine exploring done for the time being, we started the scramble up Steel Edge. There was a perfectly serviceable path to the left at this point, but we decided to do things the hard way.
Once we got over that bit, we had our eyes on the real prize. You don’t get a sense of just how vertical it is from this picture, but just assume it’s more vertical than it looks.
So we had a little break to drink some water and involuntarily evacuate our bowels before continuing. 😉
In other news, it finally dawned on us why Steel Edge is called that! This vein of iron ore runs up the centre of it, and forms the main part of the scramble. I’d never thought of that!
Once we got to the top, we met this friendly sheep who demonstrated to us why you shouldn’t fill your bottle from tarns at the top of hills.
The weather was phenomenal all day! Seb may have got a little sunburned, despite slathering on sun tan cream regularly.
Bunny demanded a 360 degree picture from the top of Wetherlam so that his many fans could imagine themselves being up there without getting sweaty and terrified. Visit his FB page to see.
He also demanded that we spend half an hour deviating from our planned route to visit the summit of Black Sails, for no good reason other than the fact that it’s called Black Sails. There seemed to be a wasp nest in the summit cairn, so we made a rapid exit.
A bit more scrambling back up to the top of Wetherlam…
…where we stopped to photograph steel edge again on our way down Wetherlam Edge…
…which turned out to be almost as vertical as Steel Edge…
…and slightly scarier since we were coming down it.
This angle gives you a better impression of Steel Edge.
Wetherlam is an unexpectedly beautiful mountain.
This old mine working had a collapsed roof so you could see into it. We briefly considered going exploring but decided maybe the evidence of an already collapsed roof suggested that it might not be as safe as we would like so we carried on.
Not far from the car, we crossed this lovely stream! The same one we saw earlier, but further down the valley.
If it hadn’t been getting late, we’d have stopped for a little dip.
Thank you for sharing your story and the stunning photos of your climb, Seb. Dear readers, be sure to click through on the pics to see them in their full glory.
There will be more adventures from Seb and Bananas soon. They’re doing so much mountaineering, it’s hard to keep up with them! We’re sure they’ll have done the #EverestAnywhere challenge before long.