In contrast to all expectations, the New Year Seathwaite trip was not wet. All three full walking days were dry (though with overnight rain), and it is even reported that Scafell Pike was cloudless for a period. In the absence of any bagging tendencies the walks were generally relaxed, centring mostly around Great Gable, the Corridor route and Glaramara. However several longer treks north and south were attempted by one or two members. Snow fell to below 750m on the evening before the third full day, and we were rewarded with stunning views to Helvellyn and The Langdales. However, ice-axes were not required, except to dig mud from under the car when a tyre blew out driving back.
Statistically, the trip was notable in containing a high proportion of new or recent members to the club – only one participant (the everlasting Paul C) had been to the High House before. Despite one call to mountain rescue it was a very merry gathering, with Ranulph D putting on a continuous vocal solo performance, rendering the club’s song book obsolete.
Paul C (Leader), Arion P (Safety Officer), William G, April C, Ranulph D, Johanna F, Seb P, Harriet C, Sophie M, Simon T, Anna W