First Drain Run for a new Volunteer
One of our newest volunteer recruits to Fix the Fells tells us about his first drain run with the team - this was a drain run with a difference though as we were being filmed by Terry Abraham for his Blencathra film...
I went on my first drain run today! We met at Scales, and everyone was very friendly. We set off up the main path to Blencathra, stopping at each drain to clear them out. My back started hurting yesterday, so I appointed myself official Brusher and Litter Picker. I was surprised how little litter there was - perhaps there is less as people carry it home, or maybe more of it is just begin blown away. Luckily I didn't find too many disgusting tissues tucked under rocks!
We got up the main steep first section of the path, then set off for the more gentle path up to Scales Tarn. We watched some people on Sharp Edge, and debated the ethics and practicality of putting a cable on the notorious dangerous section of that route - I think we should have it protected like the Via Ferratas in the Dolomites.
Just before Scales Tarn some of us (not me) stopped to be interviewed for a film. Then it was on up towards the top, clearing drains as we went. Lunch on the top was very pleasant, with lots of favourable comments from walkers we met. We also decided that it is obvious enough that the top is the top, so we removed the small cairn indicating that the top is the top. The trig point is obvious enough, even if it is just a circle on the ground. We then returned over Scales Fell. I then abandoned the group on the way back down as I am collecting Wainwrights, and Souther Fell was beckoning. All in all a lovely day out, combined with the satisfaction of a job well done. I just hope all our efforts are not washed away in the next rain!