13th to 15th June 2008 - Braithwaite, Lake District
The Braithwaite meet turned into a somewhat fragmented affair consisting
(literally) of two camps. The first was composed of those who arrived in
good time and got pitches on the site next to the nice pub. Those of a
more leisurely persuasion were greeted with the traditional Lake
District "site full" welcome and so were forced to find alternative
lodgings. The first site (recommended by the owners of the full one) was
an apocalyptic scene of drunkenness and choas.
This was the group site. A short drive up the road led to the far more
sedate Burns farm.
Those at Braithwaite (Alison W, Margaret and the artist currently known
as Bethany) managed a fine and cunningly tourist free traverse of
Blencathra finishing near Mungrisdale where some very friendly Shetland
ponies threatened to lick their cars to death.
Meanwhile the climbing set of Ewan, Alison C, Kenny and Tim had a
leisurely morning shopping in Keswick and once the rain stopped headed
over the Honister pass to climb on Grey crag above Buttermere. It was at
this point that Alison realised she had left her rock shoes in
Edinburgh. Undeterred the group headed up and had a pleasant afternoon
climbing easy routes in a lovely situation.
The next day saw the Braithwaite group head to Keswick for some serious
shopping with Alison in hot pursuit on the lookout for new rock shoes.
The rest of the day turned into a classic rock ticking jaunt with Alison
and Kenny heading to Gillercombe buttress and Ewan and Tim managing to
be third in line on Troutdale pinnacle.