Whin Rigg & Illgill Head

Following weeks of stormy, wet and windy weather we finally had a day with crystal clear skies to enjoy the mountains, and what a day it was!  We headed for Wasdale and set off from the YHA, ascending by Greathall Gill and then onto Whin Rigg and Illgill Head.  Despite the strong and cold wind the views were spectacular all around.  We found shelter to have hot drinks and lunch looking down from above Wasdale screes over Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, before retracing our footsteps back to the valley.

If you’d like Steve’s support for your mountain adventures, whatever the weather, please get in touch on 07796 213817 & steve@stevebanksoutdoors.co.uk  He’ll be delighted to hear from you and will do his best to help.

By |February 28th, 2022|Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on Whin Rigg & Illgill Head

A grand day out in the misty Coniston Fells

Great Carrs

Thick mist and strong wind greeted us for a walk round the Northern Coniston Fells taking in Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How and Wetherlam.  With a wind chill of -7C we were well wrapped up and had a great day out in adventurous conditions.

We had a poignant moment when we arrived at the memorial for the eight Canadian airforce aircrew who perished on Great Carrs on the night of October 22nd 1944 (image).  Flying a Halifax bomber from Topcliffe in Yorkshire they became lost in thick cloud and darkness over the Lake District.  Despite RAF Mosquitoes being despatched to assist, they made the fateful decision to descend to try and locate themselves, only to be trapped by high ground which they could not avoid.  The impact carried much of the plane over the mountain edge into Broad Slack, where parts of it still remain, though the image shows some of the undercarriage at the site of the memorial.  A sad sight indeed.

Of more current concern were the two people who approached us asking the way to Great Carrs.  When Steve offered to show them their position on their map they blithely explained they had no map as they didn’t know how to navigate, and that they only had sat nav which wasn’t working.  Despite Steve trying to gently suggest they head down to safety they were intent on pressing on into the mist.  Such reliance on technology is now commonplace, though Steve strongly advises that all those venturing into the mountains have a map and compass and know how to use them – he’ll be delighted to help anyone with these critical skills.

By |January 25th, 2022|Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on A grand day out in the misty Coniston Fells

Winter in May

Winter in May

As the world continues to heat up with new mean global temperatures nearly every year, local weather anomalies seem even more notable – especially when they’re cold!  As the image shows of our trip up Blencathra yesterday, winter has temporarily returned to the Lake District.  Whilst the unseasonable conditions may have caught a few people out, they certainly did get others excited as winter boots had a last hurrah.  Even the Lake District Ski club had an excellent day out on Raise – none of the members could remember such excellent powder conditions in May.

If you’re interested in support for your days out in the Lakes or further afield, whatever season presents itself, Steve will be pleased to help you.  Just call to discuss your needs.

By |May 6th, 2021|Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on Winter in May

We may be able to recommence guided activities soon.

Keswick Guided Walks

The government has indicated that we will be able to offer professional, organised outdoor sport and activity from March 29th.  If this happens as scheduled Steve will be pleased to assist with any mountain or other outdoor activities with which you would like some support. Please get in touch to discuss your interests and needs – we’ll be delighted to hear from you and will do our best to help.

To reassure you, we are, and will continue to be, very keen to work within all government regulations and guidelines in regard to Covid-19 so as to best protect ourselves and our clients from infection.  We are taking this disease very seriously and have no intention of taking any unnecessary risks.

By |March 10th, 2021|Environment & nature, Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on We may be able to recommence guided activities soon.

Blencathra in winter

Blencathra in winter

Due to the coronavirus restrictions we’ve been unable to take clients out or to travel from home.  We have though, managed to walk from our front door, including a good family trip in the snow up Hallsfell Ridge on Blencathra returning via Blease Fell.   Some short roping was required to protect our young son from being blown away in the frequent and strong mini-blizzards (image) but an exciting adventure was had.

Steve is looking forward to being able to take clients out again once we’re allowed to do so.  If you have any mountain adventures of your own you’d like some support for please do get in touch and we can discuss how best to assist you.  We’ll be pleased to hear from you and happy to help.

By |February 18th, 2021|Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on Blencathra in winter
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