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Winter Hill ,Horwich, UK
About Me Jake ,I am 11 years old and have Autism. This Blog is about what I can do not what I cannot,sometimes people think I cannot because I have autism ,this blog is about challenging that!I have lots of special interests, in particular running, exploring and this blog shows a small amount of what I get up to! Please be careful as some of activities I do may look easy are not , I know Winter Hill very well I can get off safely and know what to do when the weather closes in ,to keep myself safe I use high performance clothing and footwear,waterproof/ breathable/reflective/thermal layers. in layers so I keep warm and dry , I take my safety seriously and I always take care when out exploring. My dad is very experienced on the fells he is teaching me how to keep safe.I can use a map and compass, the hills can be windy , very cold, be wet , misty and boggy. STAY SAFE! check out under my link's for advice on safety from Bowland and Pennine Mountain rescue. Try my Winter Hill Challenge http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/02/10-or-14-peak-courses-on-winter-hill-by.html

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Wilderswood, Winter Hill ,Horwich in the snow up to 3ft in drits -4 to -6 c

 Two Lads and winter Hill mast - view from wilderswood car park


http://www.daveweb.co.uk/whvol2.pdf
P48

"Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own - and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do - and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite"

today the weather was - 4c dropping to -6c combined with scrambling along a  ice covered stream with a water at 3C,  the  snow was waste high for Jake in several parts of the  scramble,  The road was passable with care (I saw two local  cars get stuck and they were just moving their cars off the driveway to the small car park opposite their houses , get stuck up here and  you have a long walk in these temperature's with wet -ice covered clothing( in this case ) is not a a positive experience for a 7 year old!

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/wilderswood-snow-304302/

ice stream scramble




 me on the ice -scrambling down a set of steps
 me stamping on the ice BANG!
 me waking on the ice

the ice is slippery
video
me sliding dawn the ice

a branch is in the way  
 this snow is slippery
Note from Dad insulate yourself when sitting down -Jake enjoyed the Hot chocolate !

 giant block of ice
 Mine audit in the snow -this is blocked after a few meters
 tree in the way

video
going in the and through the water tunnel 


exit to a tunnel
Cabin Pit
note from Dad :change of gloves  was all that was needed to keep Jake warm - picking up ice out of the water was too much for one set of gloves!

see Jakes other Blogs for more information  and pictures in the summer,
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/wilderswood

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Wilderswood%20water%20tunnel



Good local heritage site
http://www.horwichheritage.co.uk/heritagecentre.htm

Good fossil guide to this area
http://www.daveweb.co.uk/whfossil.pdf

Bolton Mountain rescue
http://www.boltonmrt.org.uk/go.php?page=main

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