Alex was a trooper. It was wet and he did slip once up the hill, landing on his broken arm. It hurt a little but it probably startled him more than anything. He was pretty good about holding my hand after that. Fortunately, he wasn't after we descended and were walking back. I had a little spill myself. We were on a slight bank and my foot slipped out, kinda fell forward and then rolled about 5' down the hill. It was an 8.5 but would have been higher except for the Russian judge. Minor bumps but I do think I gave the kids a scare. Superman doesn't fall, you know.
On to the pics . . .
We took the path shown behind the kids which led around to the back of Thorpe Cloud (i.e. the big hill).
Compare that to last time.
Close up with the base of Thorpe Cloud in the background.
Looking back, gaining a little elevation (more sheep too).
random cow at the top of the adjacent hill (sorry -- no mega zoom)
world's largest thistle flower -- I think I sat on another one taking this shot (ouch)
mountain sheep? we are getting closer to the top
whoa -- looking down, we climbed 900-1000 feet I believe
The Dovedale parking lot is in that mass of trees in front of it.
a view in the other direction