March 16th:

There were no cavers or climbers due partly to the broken femur sustained by Rob whilst cycling to work.

Members arrived at the Lett Inn at the allotted time, and were then lead away by Bob Grayson whilst the landlord breathed a sigh of relief and went back to work.

Various routes eventually took us to Ilam, and a brief stop was allowed to refuel before heading over to a windy ascent of Thorpe Cloud and another refuel in the lee of the summit. The descent blew one or two of their feet, which did not bode well for the number of inexperienced looking making the ascent. A very busy traverse of Dovedale was made with Syd and Geoff reminiscing on the routes climbed in their ‘youth.’ Hulme End was reached, then Alstonefield, followed by ascents of Gratton Hill, Narrowdale Hill and Wetton Hill (not by all), and a descent to Wetton and the Royal Oak and a welcome from Mein Host. Beer and meal followed.