Thursday, 27 May 2010

A brief glimpse at Keswick Mountain Festival 2010

It was certainly a festival to remember. The mist was well down for the first day and the walk was undertaken with great care by our leaders. The first photo shows us on Haystacks when the misty conditions all the way to the top suddenly dispersed to give good views and visibility so the cameras could come out at last.

Day 2 and the mist was worse so I gave out instructions that no one was to drop out for 'comfort stops' without telling us and with good reason especially on the Helvellyn massif. You can judge for yourself if you would have felt comfortable in the mist on your own by looking at the photo.

Day 4 was brilliant sunshine all the way from Grasmere to Keswick, infact we had to take along the suncream and plenty of liquids because it was so hot on Heron Crag. Once we dropped over Greenup Edge to join the path down past Lining Crag the breeze kicked in and it was a huge relief.

The last day was Haystacks again and it was a complete contrast to the Wednesday when we did not see a thing on the way up because this time the views were outstanding. The photo shows us approaching Haystacks after passing the Brandreth fence corner: in the distance is Scafell with it's distinctive nodged ridge whilst in the left middle distance is Great Gable.

1 comment:

Tess said...

Glad the weather held out for your walks, well most of them! I remember reaching Helly's summit once when it was cloudy, and just as a photo was taken the cloud cleared! So, there was me, with Striding Edge showing her glory and stealing my thunder in the photo!
Thanks for sharing the photos, nice to see you had good numbers on your walks.
Found out to my discomfort that I should've worn a hat during last weekend's hot weather - since I had my rather long locks cut off, and spike my hair most of the time, the sun caught the exposed scalp and burnt it! Makes a change from walking round with a red nose!!!!