THE sun shone on Clitheroe mountaineers, figuratively and literally, during the recent day meet at Troutbeck.
It was the most glorious day from dawn to dusk, sandwiched between dismal bouts of weather. From the tops, everything in the line of sight could be seen with clarity and from Thornthwaite Beacon that was just about everything in the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and northern Pennines, including Pendle Hill. With little wind chill they could linger to appreciate the views.
Nine members gathered by the beck side at Troutbeck Church and set off in sunshine to make the eight to nine-kilometre haul up the eponymous valley to the col at its head, Threshthwaite Mouth. A lunch stop and decision not to detour to Stoney Cove Pike was followed by the remaining climb to Thornthwaite Beacon, where it was standing room only – no surprise given the marvellous day and spectacular views. Although there were residual snows on distant fells, there was none on High Street and conditions underfoot were good with just a few dabs of ice.
Thornthwaite Beacon marked the half-way point and the return was made via the Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke ridge descending to Garburn Pass. A brief moment to catch the last view of Langdale, the snowy Crinkles and Bowfell before the valley sides closed out the view, and then back south west along the Garburn track to Church Bridge and the cars, rounding off in six-and-a-half hours a distance of just over 19 kilometres and ascents of 3,000 feet.
The sun continued to shine when 14 members enjoyed a weekend meet at the Glan Dena mountaineering hut near Capel Curig in Snowdonia. On Saturday classic mountain ridge routes such as the Snowdon Horseshoe, featuring rock scrambling ascents of the knife-edge ridge of Crib Goch, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd, a traverse of the Carneddau range including the summits of Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Yr Elen, and a scramble up the north ridge of Tryfan were completed in ideal dry, clear conditions with panoramic vistas in every direction.
On Sunday a large group congregated at Capel Curig to set out on the path to Blaen y nant at the head of the Crafnant valley, continuing to Llyn Crafnant to orienteer through the forest to Tal y llyn, and return via forest paths and lakes to Pont Cyfyng, accompanied by views of mist rolling down the flanks of nearby mountain Moel Siabod. Another party scaled the north ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge on Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr before descending via the Gribin Ridge back to Glan Dena.
On Saturday night members shared a communal meal of soup, lasagne and numerous tempting desserts. Thanks were expressed to all who contributed the courses and helped organise the event.
The club’s next indoor meeting at 8 p.m. at Clitheroe Cricket Club on Thursday, March 15th, will feature a First Aid session on Heart Start. That will be followed by a weekend meet at High Moss cottage at Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley, from Friday, March 16th, to Sunday, the 18th, providing opportunities for rock climbing on Wallowbarrow Crag, and excursions to Harter Fell and the Coniston peaks. A day meet at Swindale in the northeast Lakes will be held on Sunday, March 25th, leaving the council offices car park at 8 a.m. Details about these events can be obtained from club secretary Nick Millward, on 01200 441346.