M: Assessment weekend 1, 26th April 2015

A weekend of contrasting weather types. On Friday night it poured with rain. The morning of Saturday was windy and raining with very low cloud. As we progressed from Honister to Grey Crags, down to the foot of Gillercombe Buttress, up to Gillercombe Head and had lunch we walked through snow showers. The beginnings of a clearing sky could be seen in the north across the Solway Firth. This was to be the final fling of this frontal weather feature. A beautiful late afternoon developed as we walked over Haystacks, under High Crag and finally across Birtness Combe and along to Buttermere where we had a bar meal in sunshine on the patio!

Sunday started frosty with a cold northerly wind while we went through steep ground work. Again the day improved steadily.

A good effort from all candidates. There’s always some learning to do but the split weekend format serves to allow for some practice and “head straightening” to be done ready for the expedition phase of the second weekend.


Thanks to Andy Brown of Adventures, Cockermouth.


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