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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 Review: Mountains

2015 was a year that perhaps involved us in the least amount of mountain based activity in recent memory. However, time in the Gorges and Ghylls of both the Lake District and Snowdonia remained very high on the agenda & provided some real highlights and we did grab a few very enjoyable sessions at various crags out and about across the North of England. Amidst all this there were a few very enjoyable days out in the fells and like the last post there are a series of pictures and captions below:

In January we were down in Ingleton buying some shiny new caving gear. A short walk up to the "Cheese Press" stones, West Kingsdale, on a cold, snowy day was a "first". A similar Baltic cold encounter with our local Northern Fells can't be ignored in a review of the year:





In February we enjoyed a classic winter day out with "The Community" on Glaramara. The view shown is looking back at Great Gable:



Two of the "Three Musketeers" were out in March running a session at a favourite North East climbing crag. Once again good to be out with John Pear:


I was torn on this one! We went out for a snowy walk in Gunnerside Gill in January. Adrian Wintle took a fantastic picture looking out into the sunshine from just inside Bunton Level (Lead Mine). I was going to mention it in the January part of the review, however, in April the photo went on to win the "Adit Now" snowy photo competition. It is a very good image:


A day out with "regulars": Brendan, Maccy & Andy Hoe in the North Western Fells was May's only venture out into the hills:



It was June before Marion & I grabbed a first evening in the sun at Headend Quarry:


We had a superb Community gorge walk in Stoneycroft Ghyll in July:



Followed by multiple visits to Afon Merch, Snowdonia in August - what a great week that was. The "Community" holiday that followed wasn't bad either!


Okay, so September is a bit of a cheat! There wasn't much mountain activity in this month but it'd be a shame to miss out some more of the highlights from the "Community Holiday" the month before in Snowdonia. This one is take from the mountain day on Snowdon itself:


We got away for a long weekend in October and did a couple of big days in the Yorkshire Dales. This year we experienced an incredible Indian Summer, the photo below was taken on the Coast to Coast Path in Swaledale on an un-seasonally warm early October day:


The October half term holidays just about stretched into November this year. I suspect the "cragging" pictures below probably just fell into the end of October but a couple days out with "family" both our own & our "Community" family are more than worthy of inclusion:



December has just been wet! Days in the hills have been non-existent, something we'll endeavour to rectify in the New Year as the necessity to walk off too many mince pies becomes overwhelming. Anyway, for what initially felt like a bit of a barren year in the hills the review doesn't look too bad? So in the absence of anything for December here's another from a day Marion & I managed to "steal" in this year's superlative Indian Summer:



Again a big thanks to everybody who has shared in our mountain adventures in 2015. We'll be back in 2016 and looking forward to seeing you all again!

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