September 18th-20th:

The Gritstone Club Hut (The Smithy) proved to be an excellent venue with easy roadside access and proximity to good crags and walks. Twelve members, Sainsbury and two guests attended for some or all of the meet and the hut was at capacity (Rob slept in his passion wagon).

The attendance was skewed 9:5 in favour of the rock athletes and they were rewarded with excellent weather for Friday pm and Saturday. On Friday Rob & Ed climbed sport routes on Bram Crag Quarry with a small DPC audience. On Saturday all the climbers went to Castle Rock where several routes on the South Crag were ascended. Sainsbury was taken up his first rock climb by Ed....without the President's permission!  Syd and John Eastwood creamed some Severes and V.Diffs, the President climbed with Mike White and Richard Hardwick (guests), notable ascents included Slab Climb**(S), Gangway **(VD+++) and Kleine Rinne ***(VS). Rumour has it that the President achieved a lifetime ambition by leading Kleine Rinne to the amazement of a DPC audience. Meanwhile Ed Sampson, Geoff & Rob Peppit and Sainsbury enjoyed a range of HVS and S routes.

 

Walking teams took advantage of the superb weather.  Jonathan Hood and Lionel Stout reached the Helvellyn summit and have circulated excellent photos to prove it!  

A team of war wounded hobbled around the Western side of Derwentwater, refuelled on cream teas and risked the open top bus ride back to Keswick - participants included Chris Willan, Martin Clowes and Mike Johnson. Some minor injuries were reported as a result of birching due to overhanging tree branches....it is not clear which parts of the anatomy had been affected.

A gourmet dinner on Saturday (a first time for rib eyes?) was enjoyed by 13 - Lionel having departed to attend a rugby match and Mike Peppit arriving via an 80 mile bike ride from the Newcastle area.

The weekend hut booze consumption lagged well behind the norm, partly due to a tendency to wish to pay through the nose for pub booze before the evening noshes!

Sunday dawned cloudy, misty and damp......after a number of early departures for distant homes, Syd & John took off at high speed for Helvellyn.....vanishing into the clouds.....as yet there is no photography to verify their ascent!  Rod & Richard did the "coffin trail' as part of the circumperambulation of Rydal Water......highly recommended. Mike White went for a solo bike ride around Thirlmere.  The Peppit team + Ed returned to Bram Crag Quarry......where Geoff was encouraged to do some of the more amenable sport routes.....Sainsbury, now in post-traumatic shock, had a day of rest.

Leaders: RD Brown & GW Peppit.