Borrowdale '16

It was the weekend everyone had been waiting for. One last big club gathering before the onslaught of exams begins. With a new, fully committed pair of social secretaries, there was to be no holding back on evening bevs this year as the quantity of Farmers Blonde was tripled from last May. The forecast may have looked bleak but at least a sturdy mess tent was present to take refuge under…

Saturday’s morning drizzle swayed many from jumping on the trad wagon and the majority started off at Bowderstone or embarking on an epic walk across the fells.

Tom Brown on some dirty crimps

Tilly on her first walk as coordinator!

As the skies cleared, Shepherd’s crag busied and a fine afternoon of climbing was had by many, with an evening BBQ to end the day. This, however, is where the good weather ends!

Tom Appleby - relieved to be on second, going for the big send on Eve (VS 4c)

Looking fine

The onset of rain in the early hours of Sunday morning managed to sway at least half of the trip to retreat to the comfortable shelter of Keswick, with some folk resorting to drinking as early as 10am. Members more partial to rain embraced the poor conditions by walking/running and joined the club alcoholics later in the day, mainly so they could be taken home.

Wet but happy on Catbells

When it rains in Borrowdale...

Monday was unfortunately no time for a lie-in as a small angry man promptly notified the group of the collapsing of the mess tent which had, in fact, wiped out our other large tent in the process of falling. Due to the manic nature of said morning, photographic evidence is not available. The enthusiasm to sack off the Lakes in favour of a warmer, drier alternative was overwhelming and the majority of the group returned to Sheffield.

Dry-Tooling on the way home

PHOTO COMPETITION WINNER

Congratulations to Nabil Toumi for this cracking shot of Botch on Langdale Head. Email me at usmc.publicity@gmail.com to arrange collecting your prize

All in all – another great trip to Borrowdale! 1 dry(ish) day out of 3 isn’t so bad for the Lakes, is it?

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