German Wildebeests spotted in the Lake District!

Watch out, there have been some rare German wildebeests spotted at the Lake District. It seems like they have had a fantastic time climbing in British rain and bouldering in the Paradise “Eden” at St. Bees. They are addicted to Sticky Toffee Pudding and can easily be tamed by feeding them with this delicate dessert. They were spotted mainly arround some of the popular boulders of the Bowderstone, St. Bees and Langdale, also cranking up some of the Langdale climbs and scrambling up Mt. Helvellyn. They are especially friendly with the Lake District sheeps and did love the outdoor shops at Ambleside (also known as “Amblessedy”).

Peter Sterling invited them to visit the Lake District and they had an absolutely terrific time with Pete & friends – watch out maybe you can spot some somewhere around the world soon. It is still a secret but they might to be seen soon in the South of France and Quebec (Canada). 😉

Thanks for a great time Pete, Tish, Ian, Jon, Anna & co.!!!

Mina & Rebecca

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Mina
Rebecca
Rebecca

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Live Simply
Live Simply

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Staveley Beer Festival – Beer, Gurning and Music

Every year the Eagle & Child holds a beer festival on the first May Bank Holiday. This year this coincided with the end of Rebecca and Mina’s visit, so we thought they should be entertained with true Cumbrian culture… 😉

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There was plenty of choice of beer (and cider) which helped loosen the inhibitions for the evening’s entertainment. We were definitely entertained!

Festival visitors were cajoled into entering the gurning competition, children and adults alike. We hadn’t downed enough beer by this point to be courageous enough to take part. But perhaps we should have looking at this lot…

The face Mina should have entered!
The face Mina should have entered!
...and then we all had a go!
...and then we all had a go!

The gurning was followed by a live band, who were fantastic.

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Here are the competitors. Can you tell who won?

White Ghyll

For Rebecca and Mina’s last day of climbing on their trip to the Lakes we were finally lucky with the weather. Although there was a bitingly cold wind, it was dry and sunny! 😀 Ideas of Yorkshire limestone to avoid the bad (wet) weather that had dominated the rest of the week were dismissed, and we decided upon White Ghyll in Langdale to sample a little of what makes the Lakes such a beautiful climbing venue; volcanic mountain rock climbing and awesome scenery…

Heading off to White Ghyll
Heading off to White Ghyll
Ian catches the sun on Slabs Route
Ian catches the sun on Slabs Route
Jon, Rebecca and Anna share the belay on Slabs Route
Jon, Rebecca and Anna share the belay on Slabs Route

Andy and Astrid were there too…

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Mina on the belay of Forget Me Not with Jon behind
Mina on the belay of Forget Me Not with Jon behind
Jon looking cool with the Stickle Barn below
Jon looking cool with the Stickle Barn below

So many people out to enjoy the Lakeland sun and say “Hi” to Rebecca and Mina… Keith, [Mina], Anna, [Rebecca], Ian, Fiona, Laetitia, plus me, Jon behind and Andy and Astrid still climbing above.

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Mina and Laetitia feeling a bit chilled in the cold wind on top of White Ghyll, with Harrison Stickle behind
Mina and Laetitia feeling a bit chilled in the cold wind on top of White Ghyll, with Harrison Stickle behind
Pete, Mina and Jon
Pete, Mina and Jon
Rebecca on the first pitch of Slip Knot
Rebecca on the first pitch of Slip Knot
...okay so it's a bit of posed picture on the top pitch of Slip Knot
...okay so it's a bit of posed picture on the top pitch of Slip Knot
Keith on Waste Not, Want Not
Keith on Waste Not, Want Not
Despite the cold wind and everyone's desire to get to the Beer Festival, time for one more route, Do Not Direct
Despite the cold wind and everyone's desire to get to the Beer Festival, time for one more route, Do Not Direct

Rebecca & Mina visit Shepherds Crag

Ian and I took Rebecca and Mina (who I met on last year’s international rock climbing meet in South Africa and are now visiting the Lakes from their home in Germany) to Shepherds Crag…

We chose Shepherds for two reasons. Firstly, there’s a great cafe to meet at and plan the day’s activities, and secondly, the weather forecast was rapidly deteriorating. From blue skies when we left home to decidedly grey by time we got to the cafe! 🙁

But not detterred – our mission to sample some Lakeland rock come what may – we headed to the crag.

However, only 50 metres up the path and Mina realised she’d left her harness back at home! Ah well, exploiting the weakness of the pound (or is it the strength of the Euro?), Mina had planned to treat herself to a new harness on the holiday anyway. So Ian and Mina retreated to Keswick while Rebecca and I continued on to the crag.

It was a little damp, so we started on Fisher’s Folly. Half way up the rain started! 😥

Rebecca at the first belay of Fisher's Folly with a rapidly deteriorating view of Skidaw behind
Rebecca at the first belay of Fisher's Folly with a rapidly deteriorating view of Skidaw behind

Soon after Ian and Mina returned, complete with a new DMM harness, and quickly followed us up Fisher’s Folly in the light rain.

Mina (now with a new harness!) on Fisher's Folly in light rain!
Mina (now with a new harness!) on Fisher's Folly in light rain!

We moved on to Eve in what can only be called “proper” rain – the slabby section of the second pitch was quite exciting; little protection with wet, lichenous, and slippery rock! After all that excitement we had to admit defeat to the Cumbrian rain, we packed our bags and went back to the cafe to decide what to do next.

But not after checking out a few pictures of the adventures thus far…

Ian shows Mina and Rebecca some of the rainy climbing shots...
Ian shows Mina and Rebecca some of the rainy climbing shots...
Toys at Shepherds Cafe
Toys at Shepherds Cafe

It didn’t take long to realise that no more climbing was on the agenda, ideas of a mass ascent on Troutdale Pinnacle in the rain were quickly frowned upon. We resolved to check out Keswick’s malt whisky shop and enjoy a cafe latte in the new Costa…

Coffee please!
Coffee please!