|Getting the fleeces out of the barn - note the sophisticated 'old tea towel' dust mask ....|
So why am I talking about this now?
Well, this year we'll be putting in a path across a very boggy area at the top of Stake Pass, above the end of the Langdale valley. We'll be using a technique we first tried a few years ago on Martcrag Moor, close by, which involves building the path on top of sheep fleeces to 'float' it over the bog. It's worked very well, which is great, but it does mean that we have to get rather a lot of sheep fleeces up onto the fell.
Luckily, we don't have to carry them up ourselves; a helicopter lifts them up there. But it had left us with a job we've been dreading for a while hanging over us - loading the fleeces into helicopter bags.
|Kirsty almost gets one in the face! The expression says everything ....|
|Kirsty and Steve with the filled bags|
|What a drag! - moving the bags to the barn to store them until the helicopter comes|
|Lost in a sea of fleeces, giant white bags of fleece in front.|
By Rob Clarke, Basecamp Community Ranger