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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
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Langdale 22nd - 24th October 2004

Ah ha - so you're obviously interested in the meet report - which makes YOU as good a person as any to write one (assuming you went on the trip, I didn't, so I have an excuse) - Franco. Ok since you put it like that, feel free to ammend it though - Gaff.

The weekend didn't look too promising. The Met office had sent out severe weather warnings for most of England, Mountaineers had already canceled their Wales trip.

The journey up was moderately eventful, Grahame managed to perform a daring stunt in order to avoid plouging the minibus into a stationary car in the fast lane, not helped by the torrential rain which made stopping tough. We decided that rather than using a map to work out where there might be a good chippy we would use a clever internet/phone search thingy which meant driving through the suburbs of middlewhich trying to find "Robs Chippy", which turned out to be quite good actually - once we located it.

We finally arrived at 11pm ish. The accomodation was pretty basic and fairly cramped, not helped by the fact that it only had 16 beds and we had 20 people so four people had to sleep on the floor. Still we did better than Explorers who were camping in a wet field down the road and paying more for the privilege!

Four walks went out on the Saturday. Nick, Damian, David, Adam, Nickolas, James M, Jana, Claire went on a long (relatively) trek up to Scafell pike. Chris, Ben "The Hair", James, Mat Suddards, and I did some scrambling up the langdale pikes.

Mat Hilton and Jo also set off for a long trek up Bow fell and some other local lumps. Grahame, Lisa, Stephen, Lorna and Dave set off to climb Jack's Rake - allegedly the best scramble in the Lakes.

The scrambles we went on were good. Amazingly the weather held - we even had glimpses of sunshine. The first scramble, Raven's Crag, turned out to be a bit trickier than the advertised grade 1. We also tagged Jack's rake onto the end which was a good bonus. I think the other walks went well, with the exception of Mat and Jo who (really ought to know better but) got lost and sheepishly made it back for 7pm.

Evening's diner was spagbol in copious quantities. Mostly eaten by Damian. Followed by pints in the pub where the local bar staff treated us to the customary What-Do-You-Think-You're-Doing-In-Our-Pub hospitality.

Everybody managed to go on a Sunday walk too, which is impressive. The lakes are a little less knackering than Scotland I guess. Chris, Jo, Dave, James and myself aimed to do a walk taking on all the bits that Mat and Jo failed to do the previous day. Nick and Adam went for a run which was terribly keen. Grahame, Lisa, Stephen, Lorna, Dave, Damian, James, and Jana did some scrambling on Langdale pikes similar to what we had done on the previous day. Mat S, Claire, Ben, Mat H and Nikolas did a shortish walk over Swirl How and its friend to the south of where we were staying. Again the weather held for all but the last 30 minutes of walking, which is pretty good considering.

The journey back was less eventful. We did revisit Rob's Chippy only to find it shut so we went to Rob's mate's chinese next door (or whatever it was called). All in all it was a remarkably good weekend considering the portents and a thoroughly good time was had by all.

--Gaff

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