Sat 22nd Oct - Sun 23rd Oct, 2005

Borrowdale Scrambling

Members: Virginia Castick Jim Gregson Sandy Gregson


With the weather forecast putting off everyone including my husband ("I've got to pull up half the floorboards in the house this weekend"), the meet turned out to be rather exclusive. Jim and Sandy had booked into a Youth Hostel leaving me in solitary splendour on the campsite. Even I was put off by the torrential rain on Friday night and arrived in Borrowdale on Saturday morning. Scrambling was not an option in the conditions so a walk up Grains Gill and see what the conditions would be like higher up was the choice. After a very humid but just dry walk to Sprinkling tarn we headed off to Styhead tarn then up and across to Gillercombe. We admired the hardy souls on Gillercombe Buttress as we slithered about on the rocks below. It was really raining by now and we were glad to be heading down to Honister Pass and down the old road to the teashop at the bottom. Alan Barber would have been proud of the way we consumed all the tea and all the milk.

Whilst Jim and Sandy retired to the comfort of Ambleside Youth Hostel I was left to contemplate a quiet evening in the rain. Fish and chips in a café in Keswick was followed by a trip to the theatre. Is this a first for a KMC meet? It was an excellent diversion from the foul conditions outside.

Sunday was still wet but the forecast promised better. After waiting until 10am when the Sunday scramble was due to start (but, of course, no-one turned up), I set off to meet Jim and Sandy in Grasmere. We had a very pleasant walk in the dry but the humidity was such we may as well have been in driving rain. The mist was low down and the meet leader abdicated map reading responsibility to those with a map! We walked past Easdale tarn and then along Blea Rigg, scene of a recent fell race checkpoint,and back to Grasmere as the clouds finally lifted a little.

Virginia Castick

Meet Promo:

This will be a camping meet based at "Mrs Weirs" campsite GR256139. That's the one beyond Rosthwaite village, just after the turn to Stonethwaite. Varied scrambles on Saturday all of which weather dependent but hope to finish on Scafell Pike. For those just coming on Sunday we'll leave the campsite at 10.30am and head off up Langstrath to climb Cam Crag Ridge, then cross over the vague top of Rosthwaite Fell for an explore of Doves Nest crag in Combe Gill.

Virginia Castick

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