Jan Lakes

Cadets attended mountaineering training in the Lake District over the weekend of 25 – 27 Jan.

A Windy journey on the Friday night was made worse by the closure of the A66, halting the progress of the Minibus piloted by AWO Morris, but evenutally we all arrived unscathed.

For the first time we used a new bunkhouse located near the Old Tin Mines at the foot of Sheffield Pike, Glenridding.

On Saturday morning the rain and wind persisted. Fg Off Harvey undertook a weather check and decided that we should walk. Just.

Walking from the accommodation, we managed to get to The Raise before heading down due to now excessively high winds (60mph+) and the constant rain provided an interesting learning curve for some of the younger cadets.

Sunday morning and the weather had dramatically improved. We packed up and drove to The Langdales. We walked up to Stickle Tarn with some of the more advanced cadets attempting the scramble that is Jack’s Rake, under the expert instruction of Fg Off Harvey and WO Morris.

A very challenging and enjoyable weekend resulted with some very valuable lessons learnt by the cadets regarding personal admin and the importance of having the correct equipment.

The photo shows some of the groups with Jack’s Rakes, Pavey Ark and a random rambler in the background.

(report by CI Steven Hawes)