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" Xtreme Team Climbing - Buttermere Fells "
Date & start time: 24th June 2012, 9.30 am start.
Location of Start : Gatesgarth car park, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 195 150 )
Places visited : Gatesgarth, Warnscale Bottom, Dubbs Hut, Little and Great Round How.
Walk details : 5 mls, 2000 ft of ascent, taking up most of the day.
Highest point : Great Round How 1800 ft - 554 m.
Walked with : Jen, Chloe, Jen(2), Elli, Carina, Helen, Alice plus their guides Nick and Andy
Weather : Low cloud and damp to start, but ever so slowly clearing.
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The girls had booked two climbing guides to take them out onto the fells at the head of Buttermere
for some technical rock climbing experience on the Sunday.
A great day out, with sunshine to end, meant they came home drier than yesterday (which wasn't difficult).
The team . . . Jen, Chloe, Jen(2), Elli, Carina, Helen and Alice.
[ Not being present on the walk myself, this photo report is a little more unusual . . . apologies for any inaccuracies ]
The cloud has lifted from the valley
and there is a view to enjoy, looking back down Warnscale Bottom towards Mellbreak and Rannerdale Knotts.
Time to get kitted up for the first little river scramble.
The first of many team photos.
Nick is ready to take them on the first part of their adventure.
They plan to follow the river up the fellside, either in or alongside it.
" Are you sure he said in ? "
Sorted and ready for the off.
Safety harnesses ready and fitted.
Alice ready for the off too.
The first stream crossing.
Step there !
At the top of Dubs Beck is the old quarry hut bothy.
A good spot to stop and enjoy the first half of their lunch.
Out onto the fell once again and warming hands prior to the start of the next scramble.
A smaller crag somewhere around Little Round How part way along the Haystacks path.
Elli up . . . Alice getting ready to climb.
More food . . . great idea !
By this time they have reached the main climbing area of High Round How crags.
They get out a bivvy shelter to eat the rest of their lunch.
Pasta anyone ?
Posh these girls . . . that looks like a metal fork to me !
Nick has provided all the technical gear for their climbing
so it's time to change into rock boots.
Carina seems delighted at the prospect !
Jenna nearing the top.
Everyone that goes up . . . must come down.
They spent some time enjoying the crag.
Helen summits out . . . protected by Andy on the belay.
The Xtreme Team gather for another photo before they leave.
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The walk out was a lot sunnier than the walk in.
Making their way back to the Dubs Quarry path.
A last view back to their climbing crags.
Buttermere looking better in the sunshine.
Dubs Beck on the way back.
Just the walk out and they're done.
End of a successful afternoon.
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Final mug-shots of the crew today.
The Xtreme Team in the Lakes.
With a big thanks to Nick and Andy ~ More Than Mountains ~ for a great day out.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Alice's, Chloe's or Jen's digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 23rd June 2012 Mellbreak with the Girls
A previous time here - Saturday 10th Sept 2011 Five go to Whiteside
Next walk - 4th July 2012 A Misty Loweswater Evening