10 Jan Helvellyn: Every cloud has a silver lining
Our son was born with talipes (club feet). He had five long years of treatment – too young to complain too much about restricted mobility, about endless trips to the hospital, about having to sleep with his feet confined together in something not dissimilar to a snowboard. He is almost completely cured with all those trips to the hospital in the past now.
We have to remember this though when he wants to do a really long walk. His second Wainwright was Scafell Pike – and he is keen to conquer all the big ones. Hence those short, sharp, steep climbs to the summit – like Swirls carpark to Helvellyn is absolutely perfect. If Latrigg to Skiddaw is steep, then this is something else again. It is just up, up, up.
Up, up and away! When we got to the top we were met by such a wind – I was literally blown off my feet. The walk across the tops to the real summit is beautiful – and gave us stunning views of the Swirral and Striding Edges as well as some more challenges for our son to think about. The rest of us are a bit nervous, but he is determined to do them. Perhaps all that time wearing boots and bars as part of the Ponseti Method of treatment for talipes has given him great balance, agility and great determination. Every cloud has a silver lining, they say. We have lots of silver linings in the Lake District!