Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 10:14 am by Steve
On Friday afternoon a team of Spirit staff and freelance instructors headed off to Wasdale Head in the Lake District. After a longer than anticipated journey, thanks to a motorway detour around Chorley we arrived at our campsite at 03:00. It was a very cold and still night and the signs looked good for an ideal weekend of winter walking. After what only seemed like a token sleep we were up and on the trail by 09:00 (ish). Unfortunately the weather had turned and a thick mist shrouded the hillside. Our plan for the day was an ascent up the scramble on the Lords Rake followed by the summit of Scafell itself. After a few navigational hiccups we were at the base and proceeded up our intended route. Then the rain and wind picked up and the conditions deteriorated along with the temperature. After a brief summit photo it was back via a route (once we had found it) below broad stand. By the time we returned to the campsite not a dry stich was worn. Oh well! I guess we will have to go into the Wasdale Head to dry ourselves. This of course meant we had to rehydrate after a big mountain day!!! That night the heavens opened and the wind howled through the valley. It made for a restless night especially since my attempts to reproof my fly sheet earlier in the year proved fruitless. Each time the wind hit the tent I was treated to a shower of water and a constant drip of water onto my face. Think most of us had tent issues of one sort or another. Despite the desruptive start we headed out onto Pillar and had a great hill day. More time taken up re warming in the Inn followed. I had pitched a second tent, so a good night sleep or at least a dry sleep was anticipated.The weather closed in again that night but at least my tent stayed dry. A final days short walk up the valley below Napes Needle finished off a great weekend. With a minibus full of wet kit and tired aching bodies we drove back in shifts and arrived back home late evening.
I will be up in Dorset tomorrow visiting one of our Princes Trust franchises and I will be running a Hill and Moorland Leader training this weekend. Still a busy week ahead. If my legs can get me down the stairs and back again I will put the kettle on!!!