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    I think you learn more when things go wrong...

    My biggest lessons learned come from three days out when things went wrong and had potential to be really nasty...

    A full winter conditions day out on Snowdon.
    Wasdale Fell Race 2016 (when i think about a third of the field retired)
    A disastrous overnight run/bivvy on the High Street range.

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    One local chap tells me he found himself "misplaced" on an evening run and ended up on steps in complete darkness. He had to sit on each step, feel down with his hands/feet, move down a step, feel down - and so on. No fun - always carry a head torch!

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    My own wake up moment was during a rescue in Langdale in the 1970s. We had gone to assist a group of yougsters on the side of Harrison Stickle - no drama, just a bit exhausted and in need of help getting off the hill. When we arrived some of us were getting them ready to move off and the rest of us hunkered down for a few minutes to wait. I distinctly remember looking out across the valley and being able to see the white buildings of the Lowwood Hotel in sunshine in the distance. Within an amazingly few minutes we were overtaken by an incredibly severe storm of hail, sleet and high winds. Visibility dropped to zero and movement was virtually impossible. We were literally pinned down. We got the party and ourselves in to bivi bags and simply had to sit it out. I was in a bivi with Colin Mortlock (who will be known to some of you) who told me that the conditions were as bad as he had experienced in the Arctic. After about half an hour or so it eased slightly and we made the decision to get off the hill while we could but even the relatively short evacuation from there was an epic.
    It taught me just how scary and bad the weather can get how quickly and has probably contributed to me carrying too much kit ever since.

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    Great Lakes 2012. From the rousing race briefing before hand, to spending 4h in a washing machine, to descending from slight side, dropping out of the clag and seeing the whole field spread out across Mosedale infront of me - I'd only seen 2 other people for much of the race from Bowfell onwards - to charging into the swollen river Esk shouting 'FOR GONDOR' as others supported each other across, to taking on most of the final descent of Blisco face first on my belly. What a day - I still count it as the day I properly realised this was for me.

    I went on holiday for a week after, my wet kit stuck in my car at Liverpool Airport. Needless to say it stunk when I got back.
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    A couple of years ago I managed to flip a particularly sharp piece of rock with one foot and simultaneously wedge the other between two rocks. The sharp rock hit the other leg and split the skin just above my ankle quite impressively. This was coming down off CMD, just above the col between it and the Aonachs. I was out on my own and there was definitely a moment of "Shit, this doesn't look good!". Thankfully it was deep but not bleeding too much. I washed it out in a stream and made my way rather gingerly down to Glen Nevis and a slow jog back to the campsite (resolving to carry a large dressing on future runs). Then it was a bus to Fort William and a few stitches in A&E (and now a scar).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post
    Great Lakes 2012. From the rousing race briefing before hand, to spending 4h in a washing machine, to descending from slight side, dropping out of the clag and seeing the whole field spread out across Mosedale infront of me - I'd only seen 2 other people for much of the race from Bowfell onwards - to charging into the swollen river Esk shouting 'FOR GONDOR' as others supported each other across, to taking on most of the final descent of Blisco face first on my belly. What a day - I still count it as the day I properly realised this was for me.
    I was there too, it was especially ‘wet’ and altogether epic. Especially having to form spiders with other runners to cross the raging torrents that were the “becks” in Great Moss/Moasdale. Unfortunately my group in the race ascended stonesty pike too far to the right and ended up, as we subsequently found out, off the side of the Pete Bland race map in thick hill fog and of the course the monsoon like rain. Anyway we went down, because if we were on the map where we thought/hoped we were, we were expecting a slight descent. This soon ended up clearly the wrong way but by then, feeling battered and drenched, a few of us carried on and my final route to the finish ended up via Wrynose

    Great times, great times
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    Wasdale 2016 was a bit of an epic. perhaps not quite so severe as Great Lakes 2012...

    I posted in detail at the time so won't repeat everything... but driving over the passes from Ambleside i could tell it wasn't going to be pleasant. Up until Seatallan it was just that... "unpleasant", but from there the fury was unleashed. Got lost around Pots Of Ashness, but navigated onto the col between Haycock and Scoat Fell.

    Here hit the weather, wind/rain/hail, at some point between Scoat Fell and Black Crags i'd got completely disorientated and turned a 180... which i didn't realise until i bumped into Fiona from DPFR (a clubmate at the time) coming in the opposite direction.

    By this point we'd passed numerous groups of retirees, people who'd got borderline hypothermia, or fell in the slippy conditions and banged their heads, a group of army guys who were heading down... we'd missed the cutoff for Pillar, so myself, Fiona, and FellUpFellDown of this forum, collected together everybody's tags and sent them downhill fast, and we went onto Pillar to "clock everyone in" with the marshalls so they knew where we all were, and to officially retire. Then headed down to Wasdale via Black Sail.

    My dad had walked up to Sty Head to see me through, obviously i didn't get there, he made it up there but said it was the worst conditions he'd ever experienced.... i did point out that we'd been over 1000ft further up and more exposed!

    There was a guy who posted on the forum from the same race... he'd had much a closer call, getting lost coming off Scafell Pike and being in a much worse state, think he needed an ambulance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T View Post
    One local chap tells me he found himself "misplaced" on an evening run and ended up on steps in complete darkness. He had to sit on each step, feel down with his hands/feet, move down a step, feel down - and so on. No fun - always carry a head torch!
    Absolutely. Experience has also taught me to always carry a small, second, back-up torch (e.g tikka or e+lite) after having had my main nao play-up.
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    Getting tripped and ending up on the floor at the start of Wansfell, one of the most congested starts there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    Getting tripped and ending up on the floor at the start of Wansfell, one of the most congested starts there is.
    In a similar vein, I broke two ribs in a road/off-road relay 20+ years ago when I was pushed in the back in a mass pile-up at the start. At least 3 people landed on top of me, and I got severely trampled and kicked in the head. I went from 8th to the back of a field of 250

    It gets worse. The pile up happened because 12-15 'runners*' joined the race after the start - that is they technically did a shorter distance. These 'runners' weren't fast, and they chose to join the field at the front of race causing the whole field to slam the brakes on after 25 metres

    When I staggered to my feet, adrift of the whole field, I wasn't sure I could complete the 2 mile leg. I knew I wanted to, as we had a top mixed team (2 men, 2 women) - both of the ladies were in the county team and the other man was a 2:37 marathon runner. After surveying the visible damage, (bleeding to my shoulder, elbow and knee), I became very, very, very angry

    Then, with a mixture of shock and the biggest adrenaline surge I've ever experienced, I set about working my way through the field without feeling any pain. I must have overtaken well over 200 as I actually ended up finishing higher than I was expected to, beating people who normally beat me. In the last half mile the adrenaline must have worn off as the pain really kicked in.

    In the end we did win the mixed race, whilst I was receiving medical treatment, but I couldn't run in any form for 8 weeks

    * You can use your own words to describe these people if you like
    Last edited by Marco; 18-01-2021 at 02:05 PM.

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