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now are these the ultimate pushy parents?

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FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 08:59:39

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FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:04:50

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southeastastra Wed 21-Feb-07 09:05:26

poor children

FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:06:10

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FioFio Wed 21-Feb-07 09:06:53

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Marina Wed 21-Feb-07 09:06:56

Piers Gill in February is no place for a young family, or anyone sane. I feel sorriest for the 5 year old, who would have probably been pretty scared

Hulababy Wed 21-Feb-07 09:07:14

Don't know area - is Scafell particularly high, dangerous, tough going?

I know a family who do go walking and climbing a fair bit, although not sure to what extent. Dad is in mountain rescue. Child is nearly 5. Think they have always done it.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:07:16

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dejags Wed 21-Feb-07 09:07:18

climbing expedition in the middle of the night with a baby and a five year old.

the mind just boggles.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:07:44

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Marina Wed 21-Feb-07 09:08:06

Scafell is highest mountain in England and all approaches are rough terrain, hard-going for little legs (or fat former mountain walker ones come to that)

FioFio Wed 21-Feb-07 09:08:19

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FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:08:36

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Hulababy Wed 21-Feb-07 09:09:05

Wasn't middle of the night - they started at midday. They were found in the middle of the night after getting lost. The other walker raised concerns at 7pm when he expected them to have been finished - so not as if they had planned to be out all night!

tissy Wed 21-Feb-07 09:09:58

Raving lunatics!

Walking up Scafell pike in FEBRUARY and STARTING the walk at midday! No wonder they lost their way.

Actually, I climbed to the top of Scafell pike when I was 5, but in the summer, and my dad was born and raised in the area, and knows the mountain well!

Hulababy Wed 21-Feb-07 09:10:10

Ah, fair enough Marina. Doesn't sound ideal terrain then. Think we will stick with a small walk int he country from one tea room to the nearest pub

Marina Wed 21-Feb-07 09:10:19

Hula, my dad was an experienced mountain hiker and thought we were about ready for Catbells (1200ft and full of tame sheep) at 5. Did first scrambly bits at 8 (Haystacks). Was not allowed near Helvellyn until 12.
Apart from anything you have to walk a fair distance to the big peaks before you start the ascent. IIRC Scafell is a nine-mile round trip with an ascent of about 2500 feet...

FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:10:51

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Beetrootccio Wed 21-Feb-07 09:10:51

weird

FluffyMummy123 Wed 21-Feb-07 09:11:26

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dejags Wed 21-Feb-07 09:11:36

Well even if it wasn't the middle of the night. Still MADNESS IMO.

FioFio Wed 21-Feb-07 09:13:14

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Marina Wed 21-Feb-07 09:14:08

Tissy do you remember that mad old geezer who called out Mountain Rescue after he and his bassett hound got lost walking round Buttermere. Twas the talk of Cockermouth for months

tissy Wed 21-Feb-07 09:14:19

Marina Wed 21-Feb-07 09:14:49

Because there are no Wainwrights in Dovedale I suspect Fio.

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