Wet wet wet............
We hadn't been to the Lakes for a while and it was time for the annual Autumn get together. The usual suspects were assembled with Cath very kindly offering us shelter in the Fell & Rock Club Hut at Raw Head - this turned out to be a godsend. Steve also gave the rallying call to the Outdoorsmagic side of things with a reasonable number being very brave and camping at the NT Campsite.
Langdale is a great part of he Lakes which I like, but so do a lot of people. I think I'm getting spoiled doing my walking in Scotland where its a lot easier to avoid the honeypot hills. The weather was not being our friend with the forecast being quite hideous and the actual weather even worse. Cabin fever did start kicking in so it was time to stop playing Jelly Baby Theater. Me, Matt and Kate decided to go for a wander round the Langdale valley to see how the various waterfalls were looking. It was going to be a good test for the gear ;-) We were doing a wee circuit, Elterwater, Skelwith Force, Colwith Force, Little Langdale and back to Elterwater. Well, we did come across some water ;-)
En route Matt also took us on a wee detour into Cathedral Cave which was very entertaining with our wee re-enactment of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs with John, John & Bob fro the hut along with two other poor sods who just happened to be in the tunnel as the same time as us :-)
Despite the weather, we had fun. I did have very wet feet. My Keen Targhee Mids lasted minutes which is not good. They were also abysmal grip wise on wet grass and I ended up doing a spectacular arse plant. I really need to get in touch with them to see what they say about the supreme lack of waterproofness. I know the model I have is an older one with Event liner and they have changed this for the latest version. However, they are supremely comfortable and even though my feet were wet I wasn't too uncomfortable. I do still like them I just have to be very selective what terrain I take them on.
Still, twas a grand day out :-)
Little Langdale Tarn