Lake District Meet, Patterdale 26-28 October 2018

The long drive to the Lake District was amply rewarded by some excellent hill walking in cold, sunny weather, albeit with some strong biting winds.  The picture above is of Fairfield and Grisedale Tarn.

Seven members and Steve’s guest Terence, ensconced themselves in the smaller room at the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale. The hut is manged jointly by the Alpine club and the ABMSAC (for the curious, that is the acronym for the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club). A few Alpine Club members occupied the members room and there was also a gang from the Derwent Climbing Club; so, it was a busy hut. 
 
One of the delights of the hut’s location is being able to walk out of the door onto the hills.  Place Fell, Angletarn Pikes, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Helvellyn, Dollywaggon Pike and Hartsop above How were all climbed directly from the hut. The photo above is Striding Edge from Helvellyn. Marion and Peter made a determined attack on the Dodds round; successfully so at the second attempt after being thwarted by lingering low cloud.

 Lest you think that serious bagging was neglected in favour of enjoyable walking, it can be reported that your esteemed President completed his last UK Furth with the ascent of Scafell from Eskdale; the photo below is Goat Crag from Eskdale. Your reporter and driver that day thought that the road trip over Hardknott Pass – occasioned by road closures – was a much more significant challenge. Other Furths – Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Helvellyn were also ascended. The summit of the last presented a bizarre spectacle of mountain bikers doing wheelies on the summit, whilst our party found it difficult to stand up because of the wind.

 

On the Sunday Ewen and his visitor, Ian walked along High Street from Hartsop; while on Monday Masoud, Robin and Arthur walked along the High Street in Keswick.
 
Participants: Steve, Ewen, Peter, Marion, Robin, Masoud, Arthur (members); Terence, Ian and Nigel (guests)
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