Meet report by Margaret, late May Bank Holiday 2017
Attendees: Ian, Sarah G, Sarah W, Anna, David, Rick, Angela, Steve, Silvia and Sebastian, Tom, Eileen, Niamh, Orla, Erin, James, Elaine, Xin, Kasim, Simon and Leo, Nick, Margaret (meet organiser)
We stayed in a small campsite at Seathwaite in the beautiful Borrowdale valley.
On Saturday the climbers were out early. Nick and Steve climbed at Gillercombe above the campsite. James, Elaine and Erin went to Shepherds Crag then retreated to Keswick in the rain. Anna and David went to Little Troutdale and climbed on Black Crag. They completed Raindrop E1 (Anna led the first pitch, David lead the awkward groove). They then climbed one pitch of The Shroud VS 4c before swimming in the rain in Derwentwater. Rick and Angela climbed at Goat Crag in Borrowdale.
There were three parties of walkers: Ian, Sarah W, Xin and Kasim set off early to climb Bowfell via Esk Hause, Esk Pike returning over Esk Pike and Glaramara. Heavy rain, thunder and cloud set in on their way home. Tom, Eileen, Niamh and Orla went via Esk Hause to Langstrath with the intention of swimming in Black Moss Pot, a natural pool in the river, but returned via Stonethwaite drenched by the rain. Silvia pushed Sebastian in his buggy round Derwentwater before it rained!
The storm cleared up late in the afternoon and everyone cooked on the campsite that evening.
On Sunday Leo and Sebastian got off to an early start with a game of football and spent the day with Steve and Simon. James, Nick and Elaine climbed together in the Borrowdale Valley. Anna and David climbed the superb 7 pitch classic, Gillercombe Buttress, S.
Margaret, Erin, Sarah W, Silvia, Eileen and Niamh went up Sour Milk Gill to Green Gable and Great Gable and were rewarded by the cloud cover lifting at the top for plenty of sunbathing and chilling out before returning via Sty Head.
Sarah G, Ian, Xin and Kasim all went to Buttermere and did a mixture of walking, sunbathing and swimming in the lake.
In the evening we all went for a lovely meal at the pub in Stonethwaite, thanks to Steve who had booked enough tables in advance. As we hung out in the garden Leo and Sebastian got particularly excited watching quite a dramatic spectacle of the sheep being herded down the narrow lane by the shepherd.
On Monday we had leisurely breakfasts then packed up and set off home before the rain came down at about 10 am. Tom, Eileen, Niamh and Orla stayed on in the campsite. They visited the National Trust that day and on Tuesday climbed Scafell Pike via the corridor route and returning via Broad Crag.