January, 2004

James Malden, Julian Cooke, Jacqueline, Brad Cain, Richard Humphry, Toby Matthews, Mike Pigott, Matt Rogers, Gareth Sylvester-Bradley, Seb van Aaken, Richard Wilson. First weekend at Sykeside, rest of time at Low Hall Garth

2nd Friday
All by car. JWM + Rich H, RW + Toby M, Mike Pigott, Matt Rogers + Seb van Aaken. Sykeside has good rooms and food at pub but little self-catering (two gas stoves, few pans, no utensils).

3rd Saturday
(Rich H stayed behind), Hartsop, bridleway N to Boredale hause, Street Edge, Place Fell, Hart Crag, Garth Heads, Howtown, beck to Patterday (car) along lake. Cloud on tops, snowdrifts in hollows. Julian Jacqueline, Brad arrived.

4th Sunday
Richard H and Toby went elsewhere. Hartsop (car park 410130), tracks up Hartsop Dod, Stony Cove Pike, Threshthwaite Mouth, High Street, The Knott, Hayeswater Gill. Cloud a bit higher. To LHG. Mike left, Gareth arrived.

5th Monday
Rich W and Toby M left. Wetherlam, Swirl Hause, Greenburn Beck. Rain gentle but persistant, low cloud, windy and wet on top.

6th Tuesday
Rich H and Gareth to High Street. From Coniston Coppermines, to the mine and another entrance (left) to the lower level. Then to another further left, found body of Dr Richard Stevens. Police and mountain rescue team. Some cloud but dry. Meal in Ambleside (with Tom Powell-Tuck and father).

7th Wednesday
Gareth, Matt and Seb left. JWM and Rich H to Shepherd’s Crag. Others to Land Rover tracks and ambleside. Evening film in Ambelside. Touching the Void. Dry.

8th Thursday
Looked at Hodge Close Quarry (good for abseil and bolted routes). On track S of Stang End. Drove to Lower Tilberthwaite, track to slate works. Ambleside. Iain Gilmour, warden of LHG arrived.

9th Friday
Cleared up and drove home.

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