Multi-activity day: 5th Worsley Scouts abseil & rock climb

 

Today we ran a multi-activity day for 16 clients from 5th Worsley Scouts. The great weather that we’ve been having up here in the Lakes temporarily left us last night, with torrential rain falling for a good 12 hours. Fortunately though, as the Scouts’ minibus pulled in to Hodge Close for their first activity of the day, abseiling, the rain pretty much stopped and even the sun made an appearance.

Hodge Close is a great venue for abseiling, whether you’re part of a big group or not – the outlook over the blue lake in the bottom of the quarry is spectacular and the 30 meter vertical wall tests everybody’s nerve.

We’re please to say that all our Scouts and their leaders overcame their fears and expertly abseiled down the wall, with most of the group making it down the lines at least twice. Well done guys!

After packing up we drove over to Langdale, heading for some ghyll scrambling in Stickle Ghyll. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been watching the water levels in the various ghylls of gorges of the Lakes and have been sad to see them slowly dropping. Stickle Ghyll was a mere trickle a few days ago, but with all the rain overnight and this morning high on the fells, today the ghyll was a raging torrent. Unfortunately it would not have been safe to scramble in the ghyll today – the pools were churning like washing machines and the waterfalls that we would normally climb had tonnes of water flowing down them at a scary rate. Ghyll scrambling was off the agenda for today.

We didn’t want our Scouts to go home disappointed though, so over to Lower Scout crag we headed for some rock climbing in the sunshine. It was a busy afternoon on the crag, but we still managed to get two good lines rigged and had a great afternoon on the crag with beautiful views down the Langdale valley. ¬†Everybody did really well, but there were definitely a couple of climbing superstars in our group, with a straight-up ascent of Cubs Crack (complete with jamming!) and a couple of fantastic efforts on the technical slab, despite wearing big boots! An awesome effort!

Thanks to 5th Worsley Scouts for a great day and to instructors Neil and Will for helping us out.

Si

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Two of our Scouts climbing on the aptly named Lower Scout crag

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On belay duty at Lower Scout

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Not text-book lowering off technique! Lower Scout

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On belay duty at Lower Scout

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Technical moves on Lower Scout

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A busy afternoon at Lower Scout!

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Abseiling at Hodge Close

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Abseiling at Hodge Close

 

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