363 Metres Ascent
It’s past 6pm. Sunset was over an hour ago. The wind is gusting to 40mph. It is 4°C without adding the wind-chill and it’s raining. Why am I walking across the moors above Whitworth? And why am I enjoying this?
I got out after 4 and swiftly hit the Pennine Bridleway. Despite being very wet progress was good and the light didn’t fade too badly till well after 5. The wind was strong and a few gusts caught the rucksack like a sail, propelling me side to side. But it was fun. I was the only idiot out here. And it was fun.
For once I was wearing waterproof bottoms so stayed pretty dry. Full marks to the Berghaus Paclites. Lower marks for the frustrating Rab Latok. The pockets leak, the zip leaks, things that a waterproof should do well. I only wore a Rab MeCo120 baselayer and the coat and was warm enough, even though it was 4 degrees.