Grange BBQ & Beer Meet

It was the Grange BBQ and Beer Meet this weekend. I’d promised to help Ian, but after a long week away in Nottingham I was a bit late getting there.

Pete and I eventually did arrive, just before 11am, and we found Ian, Paul and Richard planning the day’s events over many cups of tea.

Just one more cup of tea...

Another cup of tea later, and an exciting visit by a red squirrel, we eventually got our act together and made our way to Quatfoot Buttress.

Red Squirrel

Pete just had enough time before the CC Committee Meeting in the Peak to drag me and Ian up Go Between. I started the route by taking the first two pitches of Quayfoot Buttress. Nice and easy, despite being polished in places. Pete managed the thin moves on the crux of Go Between with style; Ian and I managed it with a lot less style and a lot more noise of the “take in” variety.

Quayfoot Buttress

After Pete left, Ian and I went up Abberation which is great fun and gave us no problems.

Ian enjoying Abberation

Ian and I left Paul and Richard at the crag to go shopping for more supplies and to prepare the food. It was an inspired moment when we decided to cook the pizza in a wok – the oven was broken.

The BBQ & Beer Crowd

We had a good crowd. Ian had prepared a quiz – Lakeland crags and climbs – which was great fun. I’m glad I was in charge of the stopping and starting the slides, cos I only knew a few of the answers. The quiz was won by Paul and Richard (Peak District in-comers).

I drank a whole bottle of wine!

After a night of snoring (apparently I also snored?!?!) we woke up to a very grey day. It wasn’t long before the forecasted rain came – horizontally. There was no climbing to be done, so we all packed up and headed off for a Sunday afternoon of other activities… to be continued…

Thanks for organising the meet Ian. Maybe it should be a regular event?

Caldbeck Fells Ornithology

A late start today, and had a quick round of some of the local tops: Brae Fell, Great Sca Fell, Little Sca Fell, Knott, Longlands Fell and Lowthwaite Fell. There was no sun today, and it was bitter; consequently there was no-one about. Although we went round at quite a pace (trying to keep up with Sarah!) we were lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife. A Kingfisher, a red squirrel (probably with squirrel pox as it had an ear missing, and 2 visitors from further afield obviously drawn here by the lengthy cold snap.

Anna and Sarah heading up Little Sca Fell
Anna and Sarah heading up Little Sca Fell
A red Squirrel
A red Squirrel
A Kingfisher catching a fish
A Kingfisher catching a fish
 Penguins on the Fells!
Penguins on the Fells!

Above the fog

I’d heard the forecast and they’d said that the fog would only rise to about 300 m. So the fell tops would be poking above the cloud. So there was only one thing to do – get out early and get high.

Unfortunately I didn’t want to ‘waste’ a trip to the Lake District and not get a Wainwright done. Now, as I’m down to 10 there wasn’t much choice. So today I headed south to the Duddon Valley and chose Green Crag and Harter Fell. Harter Fell rises to 649 m (trig point height) so a good view around was very likely.

I left early and got to a suitable car park at 8.30 am. I’d only seen the sun briefly driving over Orton Scar and the Duddon Valley was pretty clear of fog further up. The sun was peeking over the surrounding fell tops casting a red/pink glow over the fells.

The first part of the walk from the car park about 2 km from Seathwaite was not all the great – in fact it was very boggy heading up Grassguards Gill to Green Crag. But Green Crag was covered in snow and the ground was a little firmer.

Pippa on Green Crag with Sca Fell Pike and Esk Pike behind
Pippa on Green Crag with Sca Fell Pike and Esk Pike behind

The walk across the marshy land between Green Crag and Harter Fell was not too bad due to the frozen ground. This led to the path to the summit of Harter Fell where the views around were fantastic. The fog came in a little and covered Green Crag, but the fog did not come any further inland.

Looking towards Wrynose Bottom from Harter Fell
Looking towards Wrynose Bottom from Harter Fell
Fog rolling in around the base of Esk Pike and Bowfell
Fog rolling in around the base of Esk Pike and Bowfell

The descent was a bit loose underfoot, but the riverside path back to the car was idyllic. Pippa noticed one or two red squirrels in the trees.

And the walk back through the woods with the light streaming through was an ideal photo opportunity.

Another great walk.

Wainwrights to go: 8

Le Gateaux Gingembre du Café Berger

We decided to check out the new CC hut in Grange this weekend and what a pleasant surprise. Not only is it a wonderful hut but an old friend and new CC member, Christian Minnett, was staying there too with his friend. Only two others, apart from us.

After a good late afternoon session on Shepherd’s, the inevitable cake-up at the caf occured and here you see the impressions for Terry’s next upper incisors in the ginger cake..

Anna, I don’t know if you’ve met this Siamese cat yet at the hut, but he was prowling around and up to no good for sure. He seemed to be feeding from the skip?? We also saw a red squirrel.

Sunday started well and we headed for Black Crag but it was still exceptionally wet. Although it threatened rain all day, it never actually happened. Here is Christian on top and you see the, ‘threat’ in the background.

One route each was enough and we soon adjourned to cafe berger for more cake. Nice to meet up with Syd and Eileen, and all concurred that we hadn’t seen the usual friends at the caf for some time. I rather hoped Anna and Ian might pass by but it didn’t happen.

Laurence Comes Climbing

Laurence flew over from the Isle of Man for a weekend of fun and climbing.

Our first day was a mountain day. The car park at Stickle Barn was absolutely chocca so we drove back to the RLH, where we caught up with Terry, Bernie and Chris, and then walked back along the road.

Laurence managed the trek up to Stickle Tarn quite easily, so we headed to Jacks Rake. This was his first adventure in a mountain environment and he did a brilliant job. He’d taken on board all the advise I could think of: use your eyes; be careful with your feet; test the holds. He made it look easy, ‘though he did confess to being a bit scared.

We met Pete and Paul on the way down – they were have a break between routes – and then we slowly made our way down to Stick Barn for a well deserved ice cream – my very first Twister :yum: :yum:

A bbq and slide show were the evening’s entertainment at the RLH with Terry, Bernie, Chris, Ian, Anna, Little John, Paul and Pete.

On Sunday we made our way up to Shepherds to give Laurence the opportunity to climb with ropes on Brown Slabs. He loved it, “This is much better than yesterday” he kept saying – ah, a true climber, who doesn’t like the long walk-ins! 😉

He did a great job on Brown Slabs Face and Brown Slabs Direct, only needing a couple of pointers on the steeper bits.

It must have been a successful weekend when he exclaimed, “This has been the best 2 days of my life”. 🙂

On the way back to the car we saw a red squirrel. 😎