Scafell Pike the ‘easy’ way with Garry, Perry and Roger, Wednesday 14th August

Perry and Garry on Pikes Crag slabs - Great Gable Sty Head Tarn and Borrowdale in the distance

Garry had booked me for a privately guided session a while back (in June) and as the day approached the weather was looking a little variable. The forecast was generally good (mild, some cloud and sun) but with rain and cloud later in the day. Continue reading

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Early August guided walks

Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater from Fleetwith Edge

 

 

 

 

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Pillar Rock via Slab & Notch with Simon, Thursday, 1st August

Andy safe and sound at the flake belay, above NotchI love this outing – it’s one I’ve done many times and in varied conditions. Out with (competent climbing) friends, in good conditions it’s an excellent, easy-ish way up or down a classic mountain crag. It is a grade 3 scramble however, with big drops over the classic crags and, certainly when escorting novices a rope is required…

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Late July activities: Navigation training with Michael, and Helvellyn the ‘easy’ way with Sue and friends

Sue and team on top of Helvellyn!

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Scafell Pike from Seathwaite with Neil, Tuesday 16th July

Neil proud after descending the Bad Step - arrows already drawn onThe warm weather continued for our 9am ascent of the Pike from Seathwaite, where I met Neil at the turning circle. As we headed to Stockley Bridge, the scenery was as stunning as ever – and certainly for someone’s who’s not been to Borrowdale before, it must have been fantastic…

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A sunny and warm leg 1 of the Bob Graham, followed by some night guiding with Jillian, 13th – 14th July 2013

The BG leg…

Sunny Keswick and Derwent Water from the slog up SkiddawJillian had booked a guided trail run and night guiding session some time back in June – when the weather was distinctly more mild. In early July, as the booking was approaching, Britain was beginning to experience something we hadn’t seen in the Lakes for some time – actual Summer. What’s more, not only was the big yellow disc high in the sky but it was burning with an intensity more suited to continental Europe than north-western Cumbria. Continue reading

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Sunday 16th to Sunday 30th June – 9 guided walks, 1 grade 3 guided scramble, ~120km, ~8500m of ascent!

Sunday 16th – Scafell Pike from Seathwaite with Martin and Marie

Marie and Martin under Great End

This was a fairly last minute booking from two pretty fit and keen walkers. We made it up and down pretty quickly. With some navigation training they’d be more than able to take on this and bigger fells…

 

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Pillar Rock via Slab & Notch with Andy

Pillar Rock from EnnerdaleAndy had booked me for an ascent of Pillar Rock via Slab & Notch a few weeks back – he was wanting to walk all of the Nuttalls (hills of >2,000ft with >50ft prominence:
http://www.hill-bagging.co.uk/
EWRegions/Nuttalls.php
) and Pillar Rock was the last on his list – for reasons that will become apparent, if you’re not already aware…

 

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Scafell Pike from Seathwaite with 22 lasses (and some lads) from ProNails Wales, 8/6/13

ProNails Wales gather at Seathwaite!

It was a pretty big group but the weather was set fair, so I wasn’t too worried about the ascent (including the notorious?) Bad Step on the Corridor (there and back!).

I had originally been booked for a group of about 12, with one or two experienced walkers (and a paramedic) present – within my usual ratios – so I was a little surprised to find 22 walkers arriving at the Seathwaite turning circle!

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Abbey Buttress, Great Gable, 7/6/13

 

RN Sea King above Abbey Buttress, Great Gable

 

 

 

 

 

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