Wansfell Letterbox

We had glorious weather in the Lakes yesterday evening so we took full advantage of it and went for a run, found another Lakeland letterbox, and then had just enough time before last food-orders to enjoy a pub-dinner at the Mortal Man in Troutbeck.

Laetitia at the top of Wansfell Pike with lake Windermere behind
Pete collecting another Lakeland Letterbox find!

And here’s the Wansfell Baystones stamp…

Lakeland Bank Holiday

Saturday – Trowbarrow Quarry
The weather forecast for Saturday was a bit uncertain so we decided to stay away from the Cumbrian fells and head to the close by Trowbarrow Quarry just inside Lancashire. We went straight over to the classic Cracked Actor (E2), it’s a long sustained pitch and my arms and fingers felt the strain!

Nearing the top with pumped arms on Cracked Actor

Richard turned up a little later and got stuck in to the other quarry classic, Jean Jeanie (VS).

Richard on Jean Jeanie before the rain - in the sun!

Luckily for Richard I was still on top of the crag taking photos when a massive rain storm arrived. A quick top-rope was organised and shortly afterwards four drowned rats left the quarry to dry-off and warm-up at Leighton Moss cafe.
(Sorry no cake pictures. 😳 )

Drowned Rats

Eagle and Child – Gurning
Saturday evening was the annual Gurning competition at the Eagle and Child. The event is accompanied by a beer festival. 😛

Are these gurning competitors or beer monsters?

The winners:

Male
Female

Sunday – Shepherds Crag
Sunday’s forecast was a little drier but colder. So we chose Shepherds Crag as a valley option with short routes, allowing us to retreat to the cafe to warm up…

Laetitia on the classic Ardus
Paul on Eve

…and at the cafe, warming up! :yum:

Vegetable Quiche followed by Apple and Blackcurrant Pie

Tent Selection
That evening Richard and Rachel joined us – they’d been fell-running Saturday and had got soaked and frozen on top of Helvellyn. 😮

Laetitia wanted to borrow a lightweight backpacking tent, we sampled several options in the backyard.

Paul, Richard, Rachel, Laetitia, and Richard checking out lightweight tent features!

Monday – Raven Crag, Langdale
On bank holiday Monday we met up with Anna & Ian in Chapel Stile, our destination was Raven Crag for some classic moderate rock climbing.

On the classic traverse of Pluto (HVS)
Laetitia following the amazing third pitch of Pluto
Anna and Ian on the final pitch of Evening Wall

Unfortunately as Laetitia was climbing the crux moves of Odin the rain came back! :angry: After some hurried retreating, followed by abseiling and gear retrieval activities, we decided it was time for the third cafe of the bank holiday weekend; Chesters at Skelwith Bridge.

Possibly the best cakes in the world?

Rendezvous weekend

Finally the time had come… the rendezvous weekend where we would finally catch up with Richard, Rachel and Colin, none of who we’d met. Pete and Tish were there of course, and Paul and Dave, but we knew them, so they didn’t really count. We met up at Bernie’s cafe in Ingleton, and decided on a day at Twistleton as the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Richard and Rachel are not regular climbers, but joined us anyway, actually proving to be pretty competent.

Tish and Anna
Tish and Anna
Rachel enjoys the Limestone at Twistleton
Rachel enjoys the Limestone at Twistleton
Pete gives advice!!!
Pete gives advice!!!
Richard ignores Pete, and makes progress
Richard ignores Pete, and makes progress
Anna gets to grips with Priority
Anna gets to grips with Priority
Tish strikes a pose
Tish strikes a pose
Tish as Pete's "slave" (but we knew that anyway!!)
Tish as Pete's "slave" (but we knew that anyway!!)

The climbing obviously wasn’t quite enough exercise for Richard and Rachel who decided to run up a local small hill… Ingleborough. Disappointingly enough, we did a couple more routes, wandered down to the cars and they very nearly beat us back. God they’re mad!!!

Pete points out the route up Ingleborough
Pete points out the route up Ingleborough

After climbing, we pitched up at Greenclose, a caving club hut. This really makes any CC hut look like the Ritz. We were all pleased we’d decided on a barbeque as it meant we didn’t have to make too much use of the kitchen , which was a real health hazard.

BBQ at Greenclose
BBQ at Greenclose

And of course it was rounded off by one of Tish’s wonderful cakes. Yum.

YUM!
YUM!