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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wed 10th Jan 2018 - Nansen Hill, Ventnor. GG # 717.

Mark's Photographs. (Historical - 2007!)

Can you spot yourself? (I can!)

Mark's Photographs - taken today.

The long, uphill trek..!

Great views at the top.

Very arty!

Team GG hard at work.

More views.

Alison's Photographs.

Some of Team GG reach base camp one..!
(and what a view)

Right in the thick(et) of it

Lots to cut down.

It was much steeper than it appears in these photographs..!

Just part of the area we cleared during the session.

This week we were off to the south of our island, Nansen Hill in Ventnor. We visited here, many years ago, but time has not made the hillside any less steep to work on...! Most of the team assembled at the "Smugglers" carpark then tackled the hill from the bottom but three of our merry band decided to go to the top carpark (beyond the radar station) and work their way down. The conclusion to this two pronged attack.... six of one and half a dozen of the other. Once on site we were soon attacking the dense hawthorn and blackthorn thicket that had grown up along the boundary fence. Knowing how deadly both of these can be when it comes into contact with exposed skin, particular care was taken to cover everything, including eye protection. With half the team cutting down, the others were dragging it back to the bonfire area whilst trying to upright on the rather slippery, steep, slope. Considering the rather arduous task, good progress was made at the task in hand. During the tea break we were able to take in the stunning views towards Shanklin, Sandown and beyond to the mainland. The weather was outstanding for January - dry, blue skies and above average temperature.

Ever wondered why it is called Nansen Hill? Click the following link and all will be revealed.

During tea break the Dakota airliner, that crashed into this hill, was mentioned. Please click the link below for further details.

Many thanks to Alison and Mark for supplying the photographs this week.

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