Blown Away [well almost] !

The annual AMC [Arete Mountaineering Club] Keswick B&B meet started at 9.30am Saturday morning with a bacon buttie and tea in a Keswick car park.


As the forecast was for increasing wind, a day scrambling on a lower fell was suggested, the decision being Intake Ridge on Bessyboot. On our approach the first obstacle was crossing the swollen stream followed by the first pitches of our route. By now the wind had gained strength, and as the crux crossing of an exposed slab (rope recommended!) loomed above, with the wind stepping up another gear convincing all but one to take option 2 [chicken out].

Clive disappeared round onto the slab and eventually reappeared with tales of holding on tight and laying flat against the rock as the wind tried to blow him back to Keswick. More pitches led to a very windy summit and walk down below Raven Crag; climbers in situ on Corvus.


Our day ended as it began in Keswick with food, tea and cakes this time.

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