I remember going to the cinema when I was about 7 years old; whatever was on there was always a massive queue. In the end we were pleased just to get a seat. All of those cinema goers from my childhood turned up at Great End on Saturday. In fact a few of them looked like they were hoping to star or be extras in a mountain epic of some sort…..
Check out the guy at the top of the picture. He used his left knee more than his crampon. Eventually his left crampon fell off, probably out of disgust at it’s underuse. We saw a queue on SouthEast Gully of about 10 people at the first bottle-neck, with a wait of about an hour to move. There were tangled ropes, ropes getting stood on and woeful technique. Its no wonder a lot of people end up getting the big yellow bus home from the cinema.
Despite that we had a good day, and headed back to Grange to do a couple of maintenance jobs before a fruitless shopping tour of Keswick………. oh, and no cakes!