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Trish talks us through her latest Large Outdoors Adventure...
This weekend I headed up to the YHA at Caldbeck to work for the weekend for Large Outdoors.
Friday night after the buffet I headed out into the hills for a couple of km to hide a box of chocolates for a treasure hunt. As I ran back to the hostel I could see everyone (20+ people) kitted up and ready for the treasure hunt. It was about 10-30pm by then so pitch black as we headed back out. The group had the map with a few of them trying to get a clue out of me as to the location. Eventually after a few wrong turns they found the glow stick I’d left near by next they were all frantically searching for the chocolates. After a few minutes someone piped up they had found them. Then it was back to the hostel munching chocolates as we went.
What a fun start to the weekend.
Saturday the majority of guests decided to opt for a intermediate walk up Skiddaw. We piled into cars and headed over to the forestry car park at Dodd Wood. By about 10am 34ish of us started up the forest path to the rocks at the foot of Carl Side where we were rewarded with a fantastic view of Keswick and the surrounding mountains.
Next was the slow slog up to the foot of the steep scree slope up to the summit. The group ended up quite spread out at this point but there were 3 leaders to cover the different groups. On the last section I headed up with the first group with quite a few of them making quick work of the climb. As we approched the summit the wind picked up and we were suddenly in the clouds but thankfully they soon blew over and we were rewarded with fantastic views. We were going to wait for the rest of the group so I got the group shelter out so no one got too cold.
Butties consumed pictures taken we decided to head back down and wait for the rest lower down where it was warmer. Once everyone had reached the summit we headed down back the way we’d come stopping for refreshments in the cafe at the bottom in the lovely sun.
Fantastic day out finished off with meatballs and pasta for tea.
Sunday 2 walks were on offer with 1 starting from the hostel and the other starting from Grange. I led the walk from Grange which followed the lake shore past the summit on Catbells then up and back over the actual summit. It was a lovely walk with a smaller group of 12.
The scrambling up was a bit challenging for a few but with the help of the group they got up it.
The summit was a shock as it was very windy we’d been quite shelterd climbing up. After I did a recce, myself and 2 of the stonger walkers help the rest of the group over the summit and onto the lower path where it was still windy until we got to the turn off for the path back down to the cafe in Grange.
What a great weekend with no rain!! and a nice hill to finish on.
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