Summit 12 group head to the Lake District
Thirty-seven students ventured north to start the first Field Weekend in preparation for the Ladakh expedition next summer. Arriving late on Friday the group was welcomed by heavy showers and strong winds that made setting up camp in the Langdale Valley fairly exciting.
After a leisurely wake up at 0730, work began on pitching the main mess tent and cook tent to complete the camp. Due to the unrelenting weather conditions, Fires, or groups, went out in pairs to complete a low level circular hike around Stickle Tarn. The rain held back resulting in some impressive views of the Langdale Valley.
Once all the group had a large helping of very well cooked chicken dahl curry, the group put on their head torches and met up for the night time summit attempt of Side Pike. On the summit the group sat in silence with their head torches off and observed the occasional glimmer of torch light in the distance. A calm end to a wild and windy day.
On the Sunday the group walked within their Fires as well as a member of staff. The weather conditions had not backed down resulting in some exciting walking and at times, crawling across the mountains. Waterproofs and equipment were really put to the test but morale remained strong and faces remained smiling.
A busy Monday morning saw groups take part in 60 minute rotational activities. This consisted of two practical sessions covering river crossings and expedition first aid scenarios and situations. After a quick lunch the group packed away camp and managed to get away on time, much to everyone’s surprise.
The weekend required determination, energy and a positive mental attitude. Well done to all that participated and especially to the Fire Leaders for the management and organisation of their Fires.