Sat 4th Jul - Sun 5th Jul, 1998
Lakes Camping / Scrambling
Members present:- Jim & Sandy Gregson, Frank & Margaret Williams, Chris Thickett, Tony Gask, Brian Street, Dave Wylie, Dave Dillon.
Guests :- Michelle Toft , John, Anne & Lewis.
The weather for the weekend just managed to stay dry enough to allow the sun to filter it's way through the mist on the tops, to give nice rosy red faces to the majority of campers on the site who had forgotten it was the middle of summer, an easy mistake to make considering recent weather conditions.
After Jim & sandy had made the early running by setting off to Pillar, via Blacksail pass and then onto the surrounding top via several more passes, the rest of the party, including two early morning arrivals, set off at about 10 am heading towards Middlefell and a scramble of varying difficulty, the hardest section, a grade three , being avoided due to the very slippery condition of the rock, on Iron crag. After arriving at the summit several hours later, due to the faffing of the unprofessional photographers who had wasted at least one hole hour trying to get to grips with the workings of the very heavy 5/4 plate camera they had carried up the hill with them ( sorry ) just to take one photograph, tracks were made towards Haycock were the intention was to either head back towards Nether Wasdale via Seatallan & Buckbarrow or to head towards Pillar and back down Mosedale. The actual course taken being the shorter retreat back down Nether Beck to the cars and out of the mist looking to find more photographic opportunities.
Sunday dawned without improvements m the weather, but still undeterred Jim & Sandy were yet again the fore runners to make track for the hills, closely pursued by Frank & Margaret, heading towards Miterdale then onto Eskdale and back to the campsite in Nether Wasdale in all an eight hour day on the hill.
Thanks to everybody for turning up to support the meet, especially those who could only stay for a short while before having to head back, and to those who attended from last year after I failed to get my meet report into last years newsletter, I hope this service is better for you.
Lakes camping, that says it all really. (I hope so anyway because I have not decided exactly where I will be camping yet).
The most likely place will be at Nether Wasdale like we have for the past two years, but I am trying to find a new venue for this year. Wherever I go the intention is still to camp (or possibly stay in a hut) and walk , scramble, climb and generally frolic in the sun atop the beautiful mountains of the Lake District.
For all those who are interested and would like to know more exact details of where I will be staying , or who have any suggestions as to where would be a good site to base ourselves for some good scrambling routes, please contact me sometime before the meet and I will be glad to listen to your suggestions.