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A weekend in the Lakes

There won't be an `away' meet in June (unless someone wants to organise one !), but this is Mike's idea for the weekend of July 13th/14th (accommodation needed for Friday and Sat. nights - 12th/13th), this is the link to the YHA webpage for the hostel http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/langdale

Ideas are:

Raven Crag, probably for the Saturday. It must be one of the most accessible crags in the Lakes with only about a 15 min. walk-in. Some good multi-pitch routes are on offer:
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbo...

For the Sunday and for when more people are lkely to be around:- Scout Crags where there's easier, shorter routes and more of something for everyone.:
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbo...

Also on the Sunday Gerry will be leading an optional expedition for those who fancy a big mountain experience, finishing up on a high summit. This will be the Main Face route on Pike Of Stickle, a three star Grade 3 scramble. This is a long and exciting mountaineering outing with a difficulty factor on a par with easy (Moderate grade) rock climbing.

http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/scrambling/scramble-route---pike-of-stickle/3683.html

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  • Kevin

    Is anybody missing a Gelert 'MicroPillow' from the weekend ?; I've just found it in the 'haul' sacs we uses on the Sunday. ? (Please let it not be J.G.'s ; I'd never live it down !)

    July 16, 2013

    • James G.

      It would need to be a 'Mighty Pillow' to fit my head. Your off the hook this time!! Surprised there weren't any wires tucked away in there though, what with your 'magnetic' personality....;-)

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone!!! I had a great, unforgettable weekend with you all in the Lakes!! I can't believe that here in UK I have to say that I was burned by the sun!!! Amazing people, awesome place, great multi pitch climbing! I am sharing these songs that followed the ''dream team''.... and made the difference! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJiC6cA3dUA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR240P9z5Zw

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Kevin

      Whats going on ??...is this the song and poetry section ?...Lesley, where's the poem from; its lovely ?

      July 15, 2013

    • Lesley

      It was all Greek to me so Iused google translate it

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.climb-europe.com/RockClimbingGreece/Meteora.htm

    have a taste of our next excursion!! (refers to the ''dream team'' -lol-)

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • william m.

      It would be rude to say no

      July 15, 2013

    • Lesley

      awesome

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely brilliant. Glorious weather, bone dry rock. The scramble on Pike Of Stickle was great then we also did the Grade 3 scramble on Harrison Stickle, one I'd always wanted to do, and that was superb, really put the icing on the cake. A fantastic day's mountaineering.

    July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You should have joined us, James, you'd have enjoyed it. Nice long scrambles, complex route finding, breath taking exposure, tricky moves in spectacular airy situations, more rock than you've ever thought about and two summits. A perfect mountaineering experience, and yes, we went right past Stickle Tarn on the descent and it certainly was hard to resist jumping in!

      July 15, 2013

    • Kevin

      Nice one Gerry....sounds like a good outing..Did you get any pics taken ?

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an amazing weekend. So many experiences and such fun, wouldn't have changed a thing. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great weekend and especially to Kevin for his patience! Simon had a great time too. For anyone who's wondering what we got up to on Sunday, well we had a scenic drive towards Keswick and stopped for an ice cream break at Castlerigg Stone Circle, more scenic driving to the banks of Ullswater where we had another open water swim session and BBQ on the 'beach' (thank you Will and Lesley for the left over food and BBQ, the food was delicious), followed by an hour on a sailing dinghy (minus the wind, very helpful that). We rounded off the trip with a drink in the hotel overlooking Ullswater followed by another scenic drive down Kirkstone Pass. I'm hoping to be able to upload our photos this weekend, I see there are over 200 already! Good to meet Katerina and good luck with your triathlons :)

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • william m.

    Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, but it seemed like a good team effort on everybody's part. Good times ...

    July 15, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hey, thanks James; enthusiasm indeed !...But yes, a really great weekend. Great climbs, great weather - if a little too hot - great company, the 'enteratinment' from the 'dream team' and somebody's uncle !.... a particular mention to Lesley and Will for organising the BBQ...everything really..just super (trying not to overdo the 'great' bit)

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • James G.

    Thanks Mike and Kevin for making it possible for us to live the dream. Never thought I would ever do anything on this scale. Next stop, who knows...... maybe the north face! (of Pule Hill). Bring it on!!! Thanks awfully to Will, Lesley, Linda, Simon (Dino Dave/Nigel) and Katerina for a smashing evenings entertainment and fine dining at the at the campsite. Overall, a perfect weekend. "Come on the dream team"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 · July 15, 2013

  • Lesley

    Abaolutely amayzing weekend. great camping great climbing great team spirit-cant wait for the next one

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Anna P.

    Ok thanks will do

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anna, forgot to say bring your harness and a couple of slings just in case we need to get the rope out on the scramble.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anna, yes the entrance to Harewood House will be perfect. Probably best to park up where ever you can and make your way to the entrance on foot. See you there at 7.00am, look out for a silver Vauxhall.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anna, yes I'm still going for the scramble on the Sunday, it'll be the Main Face route on Pike Of Stickle, details above. I'll be getting there early because I know a little spot where you can park for free but it fills up quickly. I'll be aiming to get there for about 9.00 though we're all going to be meeting up in the Dungeon Ghyll car park at 10.00 on Sunday morning anyway.

    If you're thinking of coming and want to share transport, I can pick you up in Harewood, but it'll need to be very early, around 7.00 as I'm picking up Elizabeth in Ingleton at 8.00

    July 12, 2013

    • Anna P.

      Thanks Gerry, yes car share would be good. I will meet you in Harewood at 7am. Do u know a particular spot? Entrance to harewood house?

      July 13, 2013

  • Anna P.

    Hi just wondered if Gerry is still planning a scrambling day on the Sunday and if so what time and where u meeting? I'm Thinking of coming 4 the day 2 get into the mountains

    July 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hi Linda...Mike has spare harnesses and I'll see him tomorrow night, so will remind him. (He'd probably chuck 'em in anyway !)

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here we go again. The first site is £5 per adult and £2.50 per car per night. Has showers and gets really good reviews although if it's rained a lot it sounds like it could be muddy.
    http://www.baysbrownfarmcampsite.co.uk/

    The second site is a nice site, I've been before but it's double the price £12.50 pppn including car and facilities were good if I recall and drainage was good I think. This one is at the end of a long narrow road in, same way out.
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356395573158/

    Both are available first come first served. I suggest we give the cheaper one a try if the weather's not been too bad. Any takers?

    June 8, 2013

    • Lesley

      are u bringing yer bbq?

      1 · July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh yes. It is a party size disposable one so should in theory be big enough for a few of us (including Katerina)but they're not always that great. If you have a smaller one we should be fine between us. I wasn't sure which night might be better for the BBQ, was thinking probably the Saturday if you're not coming up til later so we'll be less rushed. I don't mind either way but if you could let me know then we can decide whether to get BBQ food when we arrive on Friday or whether to find a pub on Friday eve for something to eat. Looking forward to it, the weather looks like it will be good to us :) Do you know what your ETA is?

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My uncle will be coming to the Lakes with me and wondered whether anyone has a spare harness he could borrow so he could have a go at climbing. He's big so it would need to be a large one. Thanks.

    July 10, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hi Lesley...Mike has the guidebook for this area and he's thought of Raven Crag, probably for the Saturday. It must be one of the most accessible crags in the Lakes with only about a 15 min. walk-in. Some good multi-pitch routes are on offer:
    http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=344

    For the Sunday and for when more people are lkely to be around:- Scout Crags where there's easier, shorter routes and more of something for everyone.:
    http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=340

    Gerry is thinking of a scrambling route in the area for the Sunday, for anyone who wants more of a mountain outing, but I'll leave it to him to put up suggestions here

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Lesley

    so where are we likely to be climbing? just asking coa wil be driving there straight from the campsite rather than meeting at the yhA first. but depending on where climbing will make plans . not sure where the nearest train station is katerina but i will be driving up fri straight from work so can pick u up. send me a text if u like,[masked]

    July 7, 2013

    • Lesley

      ok just looked and its a 5 min drive from the campsite to the yha so not a problem

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Katerina, some of our members will also be camping. I think they will be going to this camping site: http://www.baysbrownfarmcampsite.co.uk/

    July 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank u Gerry! Please William could you give me further infos how I could get to the camping site? Could you pick me up from the nearest train station?

      July 5, 2013

    • william m.

      Hey katerina I'm not sure if ill be driving, ill try have a word with people this week

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Kevin for the infos! I ll find the right train to Windermeere then! I was thinking coming on Saturday and leave on Sunday! I wouldn't mind for camping outside.. So let me know please if I have this choise there. Is there any free camping site?

    July 5, 2013

  • Kevin

    Katerina..I'm really not sure of the best 'tactics'. I'm presuming the nearest station is Windermere, so if you could do a bit of 'homework' to find out about trains to there, there may be some scope for arranging to pick you up. Also, are you planning to come for the whole weekend (some are going up friday night; 1 or 2 even on Friday morning) or - as some are - just on the Sunday (weather-permitting)..If it is for the whole weekend, we are relying on people making their own arrangements for accomm. and unfortunately, the YHA where we are stopping is now full....keep us posted

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! I am going to attend this climbing meeting!!!! Is there anybody who drives from Newcastle to the meeting point? Or could you, please, send me some details on how I could come there by train and pick me up from the nearest train station? Thank you!!!

    July 5, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hi Elizabeth..Did you mean Rylstone or something to do with this meet ? (I've never heard of Sun Moor Hill)..If you meant Rylstone for this Sat., and if you're driving up the B6265 from Skipton to Grassington, there's a small layby on the right-hand side on the Skipton side of Rylstone village...If you can't get in there, there's a bigger layby on the far side of the village. If you want to meet us somewhere in the Skipton area, we could go up in convoy..
    If you go to 'Photos' at the top of the page, all the albums back to the beginning are in there. (Gerry has been putting up dozens of pics from the Scottish trip on a day-by-day basis)

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kevin, Gerry is Rlystone near Norton Tower Wood, Sun Moor Hill? I gather you did do soem routesin Scotland how do i get to your photos on the site if they areanything liek the animal ones they will be excellent! E

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kevin I will check tomorrow but I am pretty sure I did not book the YHA until I checked wether I could meet you on the way. If its possible that's great if not no problem, thanks for asking Elizabeth. PS I am out on Saturday at Rylstone.

    July 2, 2013

  • Carl W.

    Sorry, too far away.

    July 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    Elizabeth (M/CR)...did you get anywhere with sorting out whether you'd booked into the YHA hostel or not ?...anyway, if you're out this weekend, we'll try and sort out transport arrangements as well

    July 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hiya Liz...The link for the camp site is on Linda's comment below. Mike and I are going up Friday evening, but heading for the youth hostel. I'm not sure how many can fit in, but most of the others - except for James and Elizabeth - are from the Leeds area

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, would love to come however is it pos to get a lift and which campsite is every one staying at? can sort out for petrol etc thanks Liz

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    on holiday

    another time

    enjoy

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin, Gerry and Mike, isthere any possiblity of driving up with you, if itsnot convienent- no problem. Eliz

    June 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Liz, I'm just going for the day on the Sunday but I'm sure Kevin and Mike will sort you out.

      June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent Lesley, the more the merrier. I'll need to look for a new site but I always check that the shower block sounds ok. :-)

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No booking is required for Hollows farm, we can just turn up. Site owners seemed confident there would be spaces!

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Linda, The venue has changed so Hollows Farm is in the wrong area now. We're going to be in the Langdale (Ambleside) area so you'll need to find a campsite down that end of The Lakes.

      June 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok thanks Gerry.

      June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will and I were thinking of camping, yes it's a bit risky given the location but I've found a couple of nice looking sites, one of which states that it has good drainage after the rain! A link to that site is below and it's £6 pppn with free showers and it has really good reviews on http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=5480

    http://www.hollowsfarm.co.uk/?a=campsites

    The other site (link below) is a little closer and also sounds lovely and is also the same price with free showers but with an unlit toilet block. I prefer the sound of the first, the facilities sound better.

    http://www.seatollerfarm.co.uk/camping.php

    I have enquired about availability for Hollows Farm and await a response but not for the other site as yet but if anyone is interested in joining us please let me know and I'll try and find a site large enough.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Kevin

    Mike, I'll leave you to add more details, but could you also edit the map as I'm not sure just where the hostel is..thanks

    June 1, 2013

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