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"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

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AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am

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''Someone feel free to change the name of the article, I've kept it as Braemar (as advertised for the trip). ''

The weekend started off well - the planned trip to Braemar was called off due to the atrocious weather conditions and closed roads in Scotland, the likelihood of the minibus reaching anywhere north of Glasgow, let alone Braemar, being particularly low. A decision was made to switch the trip to the Lake District, closer to home but still with decent winter conditions.

Thursday Decent progress was made to Scotch Corner, before the mist descended on the A66 and the minibus helpfully broke down at the bottom of a hill. Coasting to the top of the hill to find a big gateway to pull into, we couldn't have been at a more remote part of the road. Some unfortunate timing, many phone calls, some naps all around and almost 4 hours of waiting later, we arrived at Penruddock via taxis (the Ford C-Max has very good boot capacity) and missing a minibus. Perhaps changing the destination of the trip was a stroke of luck rather than misfortune. Some went to bed, others were intrigued by a weird movie about a love triangle between five people.

Friday Devoid of a minibus, only two groups went out. Alex, Dean, Harry, Phil and Tom caught the bus down the road to Threlkeld and walked up Blencathra, ascending by Hall's Fell in the mist. A nice short walk with a bit of snowy scrambling. Stu + some went climbing as he kindly drove up from Nottingham, Stu, Brannock, Steve Day and Alex Reid went climbing on Nobcarton crags, Wintlatter, suprisingly off the wintlatter pass, condtions warent great with lots of wet snow, unforzen turf and rock that was simultansuly compact with few cracks and losse, not much climbing was done. A replacement minibus arrived from Nottingham that afternoon on the back of a recovery truck and mobility was restored to everyone.

Saturday The new minibus, complete with comfortable seats, went to Glenridding, with two groups walking up Helvellyn. Alex S, John, Dean, Harry and Pete ascended via Swirral Edge and came back down to the bus by Striding Edge, uneventful until John commented on an exposed ridge how the snow, balling constantly to crampons, was suitable for making snowballs, and a fellow walker lost his bottle of Lucozade to the unforgiving slopes. A much longer day was had by Ben L, Chris, Greg and Tom, who walked from Helvellyn across numerous hills back to Threlkeld. Then everyone got to sit in the pub for a while waiting for Stu, Ben J, Phill and Rob to get back who had gone climbing on Brwon Cove Crags on other side of Helvellyn to everyone else.

Sunday Another crack of dawn start with everyone desperate to start the day, some people went for a walk up ???, while Stu, Steve Day, Greg and Brannock went climbing on Borwn Cove crags, good day had by all, though Right Buttress Groves done by Brannock and Greg was felt pretty soft for a grade III. The minibus left around 5pm so everyone got back at a relativly reasonable time, Stus car left a bit latter after a few cups of tea, some cleaning, then a trip to Keswick chippy (an excellent chippy ive forgotton the name of).

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