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Report on Keswick weekend
8 February 2013

The Annual Trip to Keswick

Mark?s report -

A group of us headed down to Keswick for what has become an annual event. As per usual we were staying at the Youth Hostel. On arrival we were surprised to find 3 other ex and current members had beaten us to Keswick and were comfortably settled into their luxury suite for 3 ? we slummed it in dorms of 6!
The usual visit to the pub on Friday night ? and we were entertained by the Hungry Caterpillar when we returned to the lounge in the Youth Hostel - but can the caterpillar now see clearly?
On the Saturday we headed to Crummock Water and split into 2 groups. The hard core group headed off to Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Eel Crag, Hopegill Head and along the ridge to Whiteside End. There was a bit of snow ?but no wind ? so it was quite a pleasant climb. The weather cleared a bit at Hopegill Head and we managed to get some nice views.
The other group completed a circuit of the lake and the lounge bar at the Fish!
Saturday evening we had a very pleasant meal in the Pheasant Pub and a few drinks to wash it all down!
All quiet on Sunday ? a few of us stayed to complete the usual trawl of the outdoor stores ? Irene keeping up with tradition and spending 40p or less in Needle Sports ? thankfully she didn?t have the nerve to ask for her MC of S discount!

Irene?s additional report -

We had a record turnout for our annual weekend south of the border??15 in total!!
Kathryn, Maureen, Gail, Gillian, Irene, Amy, Jacqui, Alison, Linda, Mark, Kevin, Robin, Kenny, Peter and Michael.
On the Friday those who arrived in the afternoon decided on an easy walk up Latrigg behind Keswick. The weather was bitterly cold but we had excellent views over Derwent Water.
As Mark said on the Saturday we divided into 2 groups. Mark and his gang headed to the high hills but the rest of us were happy with a circular walk around Crummock Water, stopping off for refreshments in Buttermere.
It was a really enjoyable weekend with the weather being kind to us but it started to deteriorate on the Sunday with snow forecast so many headed home after breakfast and the rest did the marathon of the outdoor shops!
Look forward to next year!

Mark Kinnon and Irene Cahill

on Latrigg
The A team
The B team
snowy lunch
Kevin on the ridge
snowy ridge
around Crummock Water
The B team in the pub
lambs beware
Crummock Water
Where am I
leaving Crummock Water
anyone for dessert

Photos: Mark Kinnon and Gillian Agnew

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