So yesterday, 4 of us clambered up to. Napes Needle. My partner Richard Crabtree, was designated the lead and me as second. First view up to shoulder looked difficult for gear placement but plenty of handholds - this was my first climb at this grade. Ric spent a bit of time finding the route but was soon celebrating on the top. He looped the rope under the nose to strap himself to the top for a secure belay. I was nervous here but I grappled up and stood on the top - crucifix style! Amazed myself! Not much room and a bit precarious on the safety, I climbed down on a belay then Ric down climbed keeping the rope around the nose for added protection. We paused on the shoulder shivering and full if elation and adrenalin having achieved this classic climb in our favourite place and then Ric says "know how u say I'm not romantic? Well here we are by England's highest mountain and deepest lake" Then he reaches into his chalk bag, pulls out a box which contained a beautiful solitaire diamond ring and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes and cried and shook with emotion on windy shoulder of Napes Needle. The most perfect day on earth, the most amazing man on earth and the most beautiful place - with that wonderful mix of danger and nature - I have never been so happy in my life. I wonder, are we the worlds first couple to get engaged on Napes Needle?
I proposed to my other half on the belay of Ledgend in Swanage.
I'd climbed with a pack on under the pretense of alpine training! At the 1st pitch belay I proposed and produced a Haribo ring and a bottle of champagne. I had the proper ring on me too which I revealed after the Haribo version!
Ivan Waller famously did a headstand on the summit, Millican Dalton used to guide parties up it and then produce a spirit stove and brew tea on the top and someone once took a violin up to play, but I've never heard of a marriage proposal before.
In reply to Firestarter:
Thanks fire starter - not sure Napes can be licensed - maybe we can save up £1.7 million and buy Blencathra - license it for weddings (not!). It's going to have to be done once a year on our anniversary tho - that'll save us from couch potato-dom
In reply to mountainbagger:
Glen Etive - fab - I love Scotland in winter - making fresh footprints on a snowy ridge amongst some of the oldest mountains in the world ... bet she didn't take her gloves off for long tho - even with a sparkler on her finger!!!
In reply to Fredt:
Thanks Fred. One of our friends was in on the secret - Ric asked him to be the cameraman and also on hand for advice as he'd climbed it before. So you proposed on one of the Aguilles - must have been stunning. I was a bit knackered on the climb up to the base but luckily didn't complain as I was nervous about the climb!
In reply to Stephen Reid - Needlesports:
Well it would be something if we were the first - not sure I could do a headstand in my back garden never mind up there - love the quirkiness of people, the daring, that derring do we don't hear of much anymore because everyone wants to be the same, look the same - brings out the animal in us!! Makes us come alive
In reply to didntcomelast:
How great to find you on here - and thanks for making it so special and congratulating us despite us being complete strangers - you had a birds eye view from Needle Ridge too! What a perfect day - you all looked like you were enjoying yourselves
In reply to Trangia:
Thanks Trangia! You can't be that stuffy - there's definitely a soft centre in there ... I cried my eyes out on the shoulder and then again on the phone to the family - weird how happiness does that!
In reply to Tall Clare:
yes Scotland is utterly beautiful and seems like you can get hitched anywhere - but hoping to get wed in St Olafs, smallest church by the highest mountain by the deepest lake - and all in sight of Napes Needle - just need the vicar to agree
I also got engaged close to there, but a bit higher up. I took The Current Mrs Bingers up to the Westmorland Cairn due to its magnificent view. Unfortunately on the day in question, you could see jackshit, but the thought was there - in my mind at least.
I thought she wasn't going to make it as when we stood on top of Green Gable and I reassuringly pointed out that it wasn't far to go now, there were plenty of signs of discontent. And no Plan B.
17 years down the line (married for nearly 16) We've not been back, but I would like my ashes scattered from there.
My husband and I were 2/3 of the three ahead of the party of five on Needle Ridge (We only started climbing after we got married, and we're not up to the Needle yet!). We couldn't believe it when we realised what was happening on the Needle - Many congratulations!
A grand story for you to carry along with you in your life together.
A similar event took place last Saturday for my lady friend and myself. We were determined to get out for a hike, no matter the weather forecast, which was for clouds and showers. So we packed our lunch and rain gear and set off up the Stawamus Chief near Squamish, BC. What my lady friend didn't know was I'd also packed an engagement ring.
We got to the top of third peak where we enjoyed lunch, then after we'd eaten I pulled out the little box and asked her to marry me. She was extremely surprised and happily accepted my proposal.
We got wet, muddy and a little bruised on the slippery, rocky trail back down over the other two peaks, but those things just helped to make it more memorable - she now has the scars to prove it happened, ha!
In reply to Angie Jones: Congratulations, and best wishes for the future!
To continue the theme, I was scrambling in N.Wales with a couple of friends a few years ago when he proposed to her halfway up Bristly Ridge. Well, what actually happened was that he was leading, took the wrong route which was too hard for his girlfriend, who then became cragfast. I was bringing up the rear so ended up rescuing her, at which point he shouted something across, which I had to relay over to her. He was shouting across his proposal, so they always say that he proposed to me first, and then to her! Once on safe ground he then produced a ring and went down on one knee in the more traditional manner (Turns out he'd planned to do it on top of Tryfan, but it was too busy when we got there)
Ha ha - THAT is funny- he must have felt scared/embarrassed to be crag fast then had to use you as a surrogate but still proposed - most people would have given it up as a bad job - must have been true love 💘
I found 'the one' whilst out doing things I love - now we spend all of our spare time in the outdoors having adventures - so I think a singles climbing club would be a brilliant idea - let's bring people together UKC!!!
> I found 'the one' whilst out doing things I love - now we spend all of our spare time in the outdoors having adventures - so I think a singles climbing club would be a brilliant idea - let's bring people together UKC!!!
No need!!! As tlm says....UKC itself fills the role well. In the years I've been here, on and off, I've known literally dozens of couples who met through UKC.
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