Knight Stainforth Here We Come

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Knight Stainforth Here We Come

Post by PanBiker » 13 Sep 2019, 11:32

Took the tent up Letcliffe for a first pitching prior to our trip up to Knight Stainforth.

Pitching took less than ten minutes:

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We only pegged the corners to stop it catching the breeze. About 20 depressions of the pump per beam to get it upright.

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We didn't bother with the rest of the pegging or any of the guy lines so it looks a bit saggy. The airbeams are about 3" diameter when inflated and as solid as conventional poles. The guys have convenient integral storage nets for storage without tangling when packing.

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The inner tent in this particular variant of the model is made from blackout material which will help in getting a bit of a lie in. :smile: You can see the zipped ingress for a power cable into the sleeping quarters at the lower right and the integral storage pockets at the left, there are more storage compartment at both sides of the inner tent.

The pitching will be quicker next time and the packing easier as we have managed to get it smaller than when we packed it last time on our failed deployment attempt when the pump broke.

I reckon this will do us just fine for the remainder of our camping jaunts. It's about three times bigger than our last tent.

I will put some more pictures up when we have pitched it properly when we get on site.

I can book online for Stainforth but I think we will call in tomorrow on our way back from supporting our Carla who is walking the Three Peaks with a few friends. We are meeting them with provisions and sustenance at Ribblehead when they will be the right side of Penyghent and the trek over Black Dub Moss, they will be about 8 or 9 miles into the 24 mile route with Whernside ahead, they should be there by about 10 to 10.30am if they are on track for the challenge of completing in less than 12 hours. Sally and I did it in 10 hours when we were a lot younger. I had to pull out at Ribblehead the last time I attempted the route as a fundraising challenge as I strained my knee coming off a ladder stile on the final approach to Ribblehead. Climbed them all individually many times since, Penyghent still my favourite though. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 14 Sep 2019, 04:13

Looks very serviceable. Great advance on the ones I was used to.....
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Re: Knight Stainforth Here We Come

Post by PanBiker » 14 Sep 2019, 13:30

We did our support bit up at Ribblehead this morning for the 17 thirty something's doing the Three Peaks. All made it OK and we vended a choice of hot and cold drinks, water top up and cereal, choc bars, nuts and stuff as replenishment supplies. About 9 miles in with 15 miles and two more mountains to go. For some it's their first time and they have this challenge on their bucket lists. They arrived as expected at around 10.15 and were off again after a 15 or 20 minute break. There were hundreds doing the route in varying group sizes. One thing I noticed was that the route from Penyghent over to Ribblehead has been diverted somewhat from when I did it last. It exits out onto the road not far the other side of Selside leaving about a two mile stretch on the road! Coming off the moor it used to go straight on following the Pennine Way partly and then over Gods Bridge and straight on through the fields to Ribblehead, got to be easier on the feet the old way than the new! Anyway we saw them off towards the viaduct and on towards Whernside. They will all be tipping up later for a takeaway tea of choice to be consumed at the Bosom Friends Centre along with banter and a wind down.

We took the opportunity to call in at Knight Stainforth on the way back and book our pitch for a few days. End of season is approaching in about a month and we are out of holiday season so there is no problem of availability, we can arrive and pitch at any time tomorrow. The campsite looks a lot more modern and upmarket than the last time we camped there which from memory was for a weekend testing out the Coleman frame tent that we had just got to replace the one we lost on the Mull of Kintyre a couple of weeks before. Mind you, that was over 30 years ago! :smile:

When I was about 14 I nearly took my eye out with a section of detached fencing wire when I was exploring the far bank of the river when camping on this site as well. That was over 50 years ago and a very vivid memory of an emergency trip to the surgery in Settle to get sorted out. I will be more careful if retracing my steps on this visit. :extrawink:
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Post by PanBiker » 14 Sep 2019, 15:21

I was just thinking my previous camping trips to Stainforth have always been eventful. Nearly blinded by the fencing wire where I blinked at the right time. :good: The wire hit me in the eye and exited through my eyelid and tore it right across. I unhooked myself to get back to the tent, was with my brother and his girfriend, they ran me to the surgery to get sorted, ointment, patch and a tetanus jab. Had a belting shiner for a few weeks!

The Coleman trip was late July and we decided to climb Penyghent. Two thirds of the way to the top we had a flash snowstorm followed by lashing rain and a very stiff wind. We had all our walking gear including waterproofs so could ride it out with Carla and Dan in a sheep depression at the side of the path until it bated. Dozens of folk streamed off the top, many totally unequipped for a jaunt onto a mountain. Shorts, T shirts and flip flops or sandals for some of them, sodden and frozen with the wind chill. We had the top of the hill to ourselves after it had cleared. :smile:

I will be extra careful this time. :extrawink:
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Re: Knight Stainforth Here We Come

Post by Stanley » 15 Sep 2019, 02:34

You know what I always say about wether and appropriate clothing...... You reaped the benefit.
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