Keswick Mountain Festival

Reminders of Cathy's 2007 Mountain Festival Walks

A small group on a damp day, but everyone enjoyed themselves and we even had excellent views from the top.

Thursday I helped with a photographic walk with local photographer Rob Graves. We met at Bowderstone Car Park and had hoped to go high but a damp morning meant that the best oppportunities for photography were in the valley.

Friday saw me with Alan Hinkes taking a group over High Spy. All the group had won the oppportunity to walk with this world famous mountaineer by bidding on ebay or taking part in a competition. A wet and windy morning meant that we couldn't cross the lake by launch as planned. Instead, having breakfasted at the Abraham Cafe at Fishers, we took taxis to Grange and climbed from there. However the weather improved during the morning though remaining windy and an excellent day was enjoyed by all. After lunching on the top of High Spy we walked north across Maiden Moor and Catbells and returned to Keswick by launch from Hawes End. Everyone received a free Berghaus base layer and signed poster at Rathbones and retired to the pub for a well deserved pint.

Saturday was a damp and very windy morning. Great Gable from Honister via the north west ridge was out of the question. It was decided instead to try the more direct route over Green Gable but when one lady was blown over as we crossed Gillercombe Head we beat a retreat down to Moses Trod and back round to Honister for hot mugs of tea. No photos I'm afraid. I was too busy trying to ensure everyone remained on their feet!

Finally on Saturday we drove round to Wasdale and enjoyed a superb ascent of Scafell Pike, descending via Corridor Route and Styhead. - The one sunny day of the Festival - let's hope all the days are like this in 2008!

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