Mountain Journeys

A busy half term week

This last week has been really busy with loads of activities happening and mostly in good weather too!

Last Saturday it was Rock Climbing with Gary and his family. Scout crag being the location, we used the easier slabs as an introduction for the youngsters. Fun in the sun with plenty time on the rock had by all.

Saturday night and all of Sunday was spent on Scafell Pike. We've written about all these events at:

Monday was back out on the rock on in Langdale with Adam, Simon, and Phil. All had climbed before, sometimes with me, and often indoors at their local climbing wall. We rattled through the harder routes at Lower Scout crag. more sun shone, happy days.

Tuesday it was time to get wet, but no not by the rain, by the Gorge.
We were joined by the Mortlock family from London and enjoyed the challenges that Stickle Ghyll has to offer. The Gorge was quiet and water level quite low, giving us loads of options for what obstacles to tackle.

Wednesday saw us out with the Eley family for a Rock Climbing session. This time we chose Copt Howe near Chapel Stile. We had the place to ourselves, enjoyed glorious views of the Langdale valley, and had the pleasure of dry rock until the very last climb.

Thursday I headed over to Hawkshead to meet the Stretton family for an Adventure Day. With another wet forecast (we were yet to see much rain this week), we chose to stay in the valleys as a precaution.
Starting in the hamlet of Little Langdale, we ventured into Cathedral Quarry for Abseiling. Everyone had a couple of goes, then it was time to explore the cavern and tunnels, the star feature of the quarry.
We had lunch by Slaters Bridge before spending the afternoon at Copt Howe getting to grips with Rock Climbing. Yet again the rain held off until the last few minutes, so all home and dry.

Friday was a full day of Rock Climbing with London based couple James & Fran. Both already climbed indoors and boulder regularly, but were quite new to the outdoor scene so were keen to touch rock.
Scout crags for starters, here we climbed all the routes. This brought along some tired muscles, but nothing a late lunch wouldn't fix.
We finished off with an ascent of Middlefell Buttress over near the Old Dungeon Ghyll. This gave a good progressive finish to the day, with us looking at anchor selection and gear removal, as well as descent options.

Saturday saw us working for friends at Lakeland Ascents & RAW Adventures - thanks to Si and Kate.

So all in all a brilliant week, just what we hope a half term would look like.

Thanks everyone.

Mark & Kate



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