About Me

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

Friday, 14 October 2011

wilderswood to Pike to winter Hill to wilderswood

quick post !
weather good no rain mist just dark !

 the two lads
 the mine Vent for Wilderswood
 Rivington pike

 Winter Hill mast
 Brown Hill and mast

 me with Horwich in the background  -Reebok in the background

from Horwich to Preston

roly poly down the Pike , my dad runs then I go the opposite way , my dad stops me from hitting the track at high speed.which would hurt,
Note : from dad this is steep for people who know the back of the pike towards winter hill needs care in the dark  !
 me looking at a mine shaft

on the way to mast crossing a stream

the mast

down to Wilderswood!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Two Lads on Two Lads On a very wild day, Winter Hill


 conditions variable ,visibility  good to poor , driving rain , very wet underneath ,lower wind chill then yesterday  though the wind was very strong 40/50  mph gusts
 just looking towards the pike and the two lads
 towards Holden's plantation
 Me and my friend Alex ,

 Crossing a stream , showing Alex
 can you see the two lads
 the mist has come in and they are gone , rain is coming  again !

 The old brickwork's at Hole bottom
 Alex watching me crossing the mud and water on the gate
 old bell pit just next to Hole bottom
 walking up the road , we had just advised some people on D of E where the mast was !
 you can see them in the distance

 running along the road
 we met a lone walker walking towards the mast !

see the stats for the mast

me and Alex at the mast ! it was very windy and noisy

 running across the moor towards the two lads
 still going - dad stayed with Alex

 very misty towards the two lads -it was very wet

 me and Alex on the two lads
It was very windy I couldn't stand up !

 showing Alex the smaller of the two lads

 on the way down from the two lads
I run off the road as my trainers are not good on the road 

running towards the car ,

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!
taken from Dave Lane 

new safety videos/advice 

I have included the above links for people who need to understand the risks,

Both Jake and Alex were fully equipped for the conditions, with head to toe multiple  layers , windproof and waterproof  layers,