Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wasdale two nights and a Trek-Lite meet up.June 2017

The date had been set a while back for a Trek-Lite meet up, but as the date approached the weather took a nasty dive, after a long warm spell of good weather!
I packed Friday afternoon and after an hour and a bits drive i was parked up along the Wasdale road for 3-30pm 

I got sorted and reached for my footwear !  Ooops seems I've brought two left La Sportiva Wildcats ....a mix match of footwear was called for 

Nothing much to say about Fridays weather, lets just say it started to lash down 5 mins from the least the new Crux jacket got a good testing.We only stopped once on the way up the wind rain and thick crag didn't warrant stopping for anything, but a short stop.The only plus being iwas able to pick up water from camp only 50 metres below my camp on the coll, between Haycock and Scott fell

It stayed wet nearly all evening apart from a brief lull around 9 pm,i stretched my legs, had a pee and returned to my trusted shelter

The rain finally ran out about 6-30am, as i had a very handy wash line nearby, i hung some bits out to air,Oscars bed had got a bit wet as he had been as wet as an Otter the previous night 

It was a lazy start watching the wind push the clouds up and over the ridge lines i was to follow, as i walked slowly on to meet the Trek-Lite members over on KirkFell

 I followed the ridges along going up over Scoat fell and then over Pillar from there I followed the route up the back of Kirkfell, its really washed out and proved a bit loose in places.Oscar had to be lifted out of main gully at the top,interesting as i had a full backpack and then a 36 kilo dog to lift up !

Gable watched on as i pitched early waiting to see if the others arrived, one arrived ( Neil ? ) and we waited together under the Trailstar as a few more heavy showers passed over

The mist came in and outs we missed the arrival of a few more members who were sat waiting by the tarns...hellos were exchanged and it was decided to camp near the Tarns 

As the afternoon moved on more appeared and pitched up with the late arrivals taking us to 11members in 10 shelters, was good to move around chatting to people I've only chatted to online, but wrong to be camped with so many people ? 

The evening thankfully stayed dry but a fresh wind kept things rather cool 

Oscar would like to say a big thank you to everyone who rubbed his belly or scratched his head, his nose seen here making an appearance as someone (Rog ?) had a nice smelling breakfast snack 

We even got a nice bit of light later on 

After a wet and pretty windy night, we all met up and chatted as we packed and ate, most of us headed down to Beckhead then most turned to Ennerdale 

Me and Neil ?  headed down together too Wasdale, calling in to see the Church on our way, we said our goodbyes at the campsite and i carried on the last few kilometres to my car

                       A screen shot of route i took and a video 

 Thanks for looking Peter and Oscar 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A quick one nighter in the Cairngorms

So after breakfast at our B&B at Garve,with us both grumbling about the wrong forecast the day before (On our Fannich trip) ,we drove south and then upto the ski station  

It was noticeably cooler than the 3 days before,by a margin of 18 c

The clag was down sadly so Lee and Oscar sadly didn't get the great views you can get from Macdui,which was a shame as there pretty good

Its been nearly 18 years since i first did these hills and it was a shock and a shame to see all the large paths that have appeared over those years.But its no different than back home in the Lakes 

For reference i never meant to be that close to this path, but i kept moving the door to get a better view, it wasn't the main path but back from it by about 2 mins 

Not long after we got to the area we planned to camp it started to clear out nicely, so we ate our tea out.After tea we decided to nip up Cairn Gorm while it was clear

Our camp was right on the 1100m line, the highest for me in my Trailstar 

So glad we did go up as we spent a cracking 50 mins up there watching the cloud roll in and out and even invert a little at times 

The clag came in and out after we returned to camp, we were up and away by 5-30 am and back to car for 7am,caught a bit of inversion too as we scooted down past all the horrid ski workings 

We,ve stopped here before for breakfast and it didn't disappoint,worth a visit if your on the A9 

                              A screen shot of route 

 Heres a short video of trip

But of a blip in editing and can't be bothered to completely redo video to just move the one clip in wrong place, sorry from the editing team !

Thanks for watching Oscar and Peter