Snow, sun, snow sandwich!
Earlier in March you could say it was bad luck to work on the hills for two days when it was cold with sleet and snow about and then have a glorious sunny spring like day in the middle. However both snowy days were great and the sunny day was spent indoors working at jobs that needed to be done.
On a Monday in the middle of March we met at Kirkstone Inn to go up Ravens Edge. With the advantage of the height of the pass you are soon up on the edge. We were due to look at the path, make notes and take grid references for work that needs to be done. Water and peat were in abundance and in places the multiple paths and boggy sumps. Joining us were Ian with two newcomers Ted and David on a training day and also Rob and Philippa came with two on work experience from Kendal college.
If anyone had been watching us they would have seen 11 people walk up by a wall, then turn in the middle of nowhere and head back down, stopping every so often in a huddle. Cloud was down, snow falling and ice on the rocks and stones along the path. Then suddenly they would have seen a sudden exodus and a quick descent to the Kirkstone Inn to sit by the fire - and –then leave big puddles around the chairs
A few days later, after we thought spring had arrived, a scattering of snow falling overnight took us by surprise but 9 of us set off to do a drain run on the Red Tarn path which always needs many hands. As we got higher the snow got deeper to the side of the path but the drains and pitching were easy to find – but people were soon swallowed up and disappeared into the icy clag.
Near the Hole in the Wall
Lunch was on rather an odd small patch of grass surrounded by snow in places over 30cm deep looking onto an icy Red Tarn just emerging from a cold greyness. We re-grouped at the Hole and put spikes on but the side down to Patterdale the pitching was well covered.
Martin in the drain....
We did however spend time trying to unblock a culvert. Martin got his arm and spade into the icy water and then Peter- with the longest arms - had a go. They got some debris out but we had to admit failure and come back with some rods.
Two good days with a day indoors inbetween.