Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A rare meeting of three Mountain Laurel Designs,Cuben Duomids

I received a message from Darron Linney that he had an extra wknd free, a few messages exchanged and i did a route to try and collect some odd Wainwrights he still needed

We met up, along with Lee Taylor at Hartsop carpark..the forecast wasn't good but hills are there for all weathers

Sadly as we approached, end of the ridge and Beda fell,Oscar developed a very bad limp 😞 I offered to just return back towards the car myself as the route was meant to keep heading further north from here, but the other two and Max were happy to head back with us 

The wind and rain had already started to strengthen so we picked a spot behind Sutara crags to hide us from the worse of the wind 

It was pretty fresh as we pitched up but got worse as the evening moved on, we did get a dry lull around tea time so were able to sit out for 30 mins before retiring again

Darron did a little video, he put on twitter, showing the shelters getting hit by 50 mph winds, but we all agreed they got stronger as the night went on, luckily they died down not long after 11 pm 

I had a new variety of tea tonight and it was very tasty indeed, will need to add a few more to my next bulk order of Basecamp foods 

The next day couldn't be more different, with some nice skies and even some growing patches of blue 

Oscar still had a limp in the mornings i decided id drop to the car and let the others make more of the day.A few minutes after we parted Oscar started doing donuts,spinning around on the spot and running all overawe caught the others up after 15 mins !

We spotted lots of deer around, who i guess had been hiding from the worse of the wind too

Max,s shelter that he has Daron carry for him

View from the Knott 

It turned into a warm day so Oscar decided a siesta was needed 

Heres a video i did of the trip, these are more for me then anything 


Thanks for looking and safe travels Peter and Oscar 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mountain Laurel Designs Duomid pitching

Ive had many nights under the Duomid,so heres a very short video of last wknds pitch on Red Screes summit in the Lake District 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wasdale two nights and a Trek-Lite meet up.June 2017

The date had been set a while back for a Trek-Lite meet up, but as the date approached the weather took a nasty dive, after a long warm spell of good weather!
I packed Friday afternoon and after an hour and a bits drive i was parked up along the Wasdale road for 3-30pm 

I got sorted and reached for my footwear !  Ooops seems I've brought two left La Sportiva Wildcats ....a mix match of footwear was called for 

Nothing much to say about Fridays weather, lets just say it started to lash down 5 mins from the car...at least the new Crux jacket got a good testing.We only stopped once on the way up the wind rain and thick crag didn't warrant stopping for anything, but a short stop.The only plus being iwas able to pick up water from camp only 50 metres below my camp on the coll, between Haycock and Scott fell

It stayed wet nearly all evening apart from a brief lull around 9 pm,i stretched my legs, had a pee and returned to my trusted shelter

The rain finally ran out about 6-30am, as i had a very handy wash line nearby, i hung some bits out to air,Oscars bed had got a bit wet as he had been as wet as an Otter the previous night 

It was a lazy start watching the wind push the clouds up and over the ridge lines i was to follow, as i walked slowly on to meet the Trek-Lite members over on KirkFell

 I followed the ridges along going up over Scoat fell and then over Pillar from there I followed the route up the back of Kirkfell, its really washed out and proved a bit loose in places.Oscar had to be lifted out of main gully at the top,interesting as i had a full backpack and then a 36 kilo dog to lift up !

Gable watched on as i pitched early waiting to see if the others arrived, one arrived ( Neil ? ) and we waited together under the Trailstar as a few more heavy showers passed over

The mist came in and outs we missed the arrival of a few more members who were sat waiting by the tarns...hellos were exchanged and it was decided to camp near the Tarns 

As the afternoon moved on more appeared and pitched up with the late arrivals taking us to 11members in 10 shelters, was good to move around chatting to people I've only chatted to online, but wrong to be camped with so many people ? 

The evening thankfully stayed dry but a fresh wind kept things rather cool 

Oscar would like to say a big thank you to everyone who rubbed his belly or scratched his head, his nose seen here making an appearance as someone (Rog ?) had a nice smelling breakfast snack 

We even got a nice bit of light later on 

After a wet and pretty windy night, we all met up and chatted as we packed and ate, most of us headed down to Beckhead then most turned to Ennerdale 

Me and Neil ?  headed down together too Wasdale, calling in to see the Church on our way, we said our goodbyes at the campsite and i carried on the last few kilometres to my car

                       A screen shot of route i took and a video 

 Thanks for looking Peter and Oscar