WEEK 4 TRIP TO THE LANGDALES
WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CRINKLED.
People: Lucy, Ellie, Bella, Luc, Mark, Tom, Carlo, Ben, Holly, Helen, Natalie (Joe and Chaib)
Joy found me late on Friday evening when Lucy decided we should leave 2hrs later in the morning. Whilst it is true BL will never be put off by rain, we will alter our day dramatically to avoid it, if it means we’ll be less miserable. Saturday morning, after a frantic 30min search for Ben’s wallet which was exactly where he had left it, we were on our way by 8.
Day 1 was a chill gander up and over Crinkle Crags (best crag name??) via the Pike O Blisco. A new route so everything was a bit uncertain but after plenty of indecision and the deep contemplation of *will we miss food service at the pub? * we decided to commit to the crags. Luckily for us the weather cleared and what ensued was a chilly but beautiful walk over the crinkliest crags the lakes has to offer, coupled with great views of Scarfell Pike and HOLY SHIT there’s snow! The walk included a quick scramble over Bad Step which despite appearances was actually pretty good and as expected we reached The Walkers Inn in plenty of time.
Whilst we were crinkling, Mark and Luc joined ex- but- still- relevant- BL members Chaib and Cheekbones for a day of trad climbing on Middlefell Buttress, a 3 pitch Diff next to Raven Crag. Very happy to report no one died on this occasion.
Ended the day in a tent, in bed by 9 (although the less fainthearted hit the second pub of the day for more drinks and merriment). Almost all enjoyed a nice dry night, Tom was less lucky but it was his fault for not checking beforehand.
Day 2 was a classic jolly up Pavey ark via the delightful Jack’s Rake scramble. This is a club favourite and today was no different. The rain held off on us which meant it was the perfect day for shorts and a swim in the river. PresChambo showed everyone up by going for a nice long early morning run and we were all walking by 9. The scramble itself was damp but fun as always, and a good chance to test footwork skills. The top gave great views back over Stickle Tarn and over to the rest of the Langdale Pikes. Everyone made it; no more than 3 minor injuries incurred. We headed back down via Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle to complete our Langdale adventure. A shorter walk, no less exciting, back in the local by 1pm, considering rebranding as the ‘guilt-free pub club’.
The climbers were equally adventurous on Day 2. Mark, Bella and Joe spent the day at Sticklebarn Crag and got up several trad routes: Main wall crack VS 4c, Main wall left-hand HVS 4a, Main wall scoop VS 4b. They assuredly had a flippin brilliant time.
Great trip, great company, back in York by 6.