After my mega Scottish winter climbing trip earlier this year, I was sofa bound with a pretty bad virus and it is just recently I have started to feel a little bit human again – perhaps the occasional sighting of the sun has helped! As a result, I hadn’t really done much to write home about, so it was great to meet up with Team 14 Peaks again at the weekend for a bit of walking and scrambling in the Lake District.
The Team unofficially formed in March last year, when we were in Wales for the Gore Tex Fourteen Peaks Challenge – we’ve been meeting on a regular basis ever since to do mountain stuff in and around the UK, however, we are hoping for some European climbing and Alpine trips later this year – the Matterhorn and Haute Route have been mentioned!
We met up in Elterwater – the quaintest little town near Langdale, in the Lake District. We were aiming to tick of another peak – Scafell, however, the weather had other ideas and after a couple of hours uphill into 30-40mph gusts and bucket loads of rain we decided to turn back. Soaked to the bone and with fears of getting blown off the top, we likely made the right decision!
The next day was a completely different story – clear skies, sun, and light winds – although the winds did increase significantly in the afternoon. Our plan was Side Pike – an easy scramble of about 110m ascent, that leads to some of the most amazing 360 degree views of the neighbouring hills and the Langdale Valley. It was great fun, and if anything didn’t last long enough! After lunch at the summit, we trotted back down the rocky path to start heading for home.
I suppose not as strenuous or heart-stopping as some of my usual trips, but it was great to be back on the hills again and out in the fresh mountain air with the girls!