Hello, my name is Mal Tabb.
Thanks for visiting our web pages. Marion & I operate a small outdoor activity organisation called Canoes, Mountains & Caves. We provide activities for: adults, young people, schools, charities, families & individuals. A key aspect of our work is the provision of a "Community Programme" which is offered free of charge to participants. If you think we might be able to help please don't hesitate to contact us, you can find out more about what we do on our main website www.canoesmountainscaves.com

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Changing Seasons

2015 has been a blessed year containing much to be thankful for! Even now, late in November, we have just completed a busy week of canoeing & caving. Next week is by no means devoid of activity with three days on the water already in the diary. 

However, as the best Indian Summer I can remember has given way to winter storms Abigail & Barney so the weather has recently taken a further turn. Friday saw the wind begin to swing around to the North and we woke on Saturday to frost and a dusting of snow. The drive down the M6 to Ingleton featured the Lake District and Howgill Fells looking magnificent, topped in white for the first time this winter. The Yorkshire Dales were at their finest as the photo below attempts to capture the scene.

We had a great day in the Dales as a small group tackled an old favourite, Alum Pot. The walk up the fell was Baltic as a North wind scoured the flanks of Ingleborough and we were happy to drop underground at the Diccan Pot entrance. I was the only one of our number to have done the trip before so every twist and turn of the cave brought something new: the crawl to gain the main stream way; deliberations and attempts at the Cheese Press; drop into the slot; a roped climb down and on to the Dolly Tubs for the first abseil & traverse - I enjoy this adventure! The story from this point is better told by the images below:

"Apres Cave" tea & cake in Inglesport were welcome & it was good to get home to a warm house, hot food and company for dinner.

Today dawned equally cold and bright, I like this kind of weather. After a morning at Church and coffee in a bustling pre-Christmas Carlise my mind is just starting to adjust to the forthcoming season of advent and subsequently Christmas. Practically the balance will begin to shift from a heavy bias on group work towards winter projects and much training. Mentally and spiritually the mood will become increasingly more reflective as we move into December and on towards the end of another year. This is a good time ...

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