On a typical weekend away, club members leave London on a Friday evening, returning on Sunday evening in time to get home by public transport. The meet report below gives an impression of what takes place on a meet with more of an emphasis on climbing.
Bryan, Michael and Patrick arrived early enough on Friday to climb Holly Tree Direct (HVS) on Raven Crag, with Bryan and Michael sharing the lead. The rest of the party reached the campsite late on Friday evening.
Spencer and Bryn were the party that took the most aerobic exercise. On Saturday, they strode over Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike to Esk Hause. Wainwright, in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells Book Four, says, of the thousands of climbers who turn away from the Scafell Pike track to gain the summit of Great End: “…they are instead exercising good judgement for Great End’s quietness is much to be preferred to Scafell Pike’s clatter.” Spencer and Bryn did go on to Great End, thus earning a mention in dispatches. On Sunday Claire joined the pair for a tramp over the Langdale Pikes.
Chris and Karen also had to breathe in a lot of oxygen when they carried their climbing gear up to Bowfell on Saturday. The load enabled them to ascend The Cambridge Climb (VD) on Cambridge Buttress before going on to the summit. On Sunday, they climbed on Long Scar, which is on the upper slopes of Pike O’Blisco.
The most high-achieving climbers were Michael and Paul, who were at White Ghyll on Saturday, getting up The Gordian Knot (VS), Slip Knot (VS), Man of Straw (E1) and Laugh Not (HVS). They continued to push the boat out on Sunday, doing Pluto (HVS), Kneewrecker Chimney (HVS) and Mourning Wall (E1) on Raven Crag.
Bryan led Toktam up climbs at Raven Crag on Saturday and Sunday, doing Revelation (HS), Centipede (S) and Bilberry Buttress (VS). Patrick and Emma also stuck to Raven Crag for the two days, successfully getting up Oak Tree Wall (S), (with Claire for pitch one) Right-Hand Crack (S) and Middlefell Buttress (D).
We were lucky with the weather, which was warm, cloudy and virtually rain-free. The midges were out in force but we were forewarned and the excellent campsite shop stocked insect repellents. The pubs were welcoming and the views of the Langdale Valley from crags and fells were, as always, stunning.