After being 'that dad' at the playground who was trying to explain the Principle of Conservation of Momentum to a two year old (whilst leaning in and out on a roundabout), I then came across this, the ecological inaccuracy of which offends me. Can you spot the mistake?
We've had a brilliant week in the Lakes - Willow had, literally, the time of her life. Here are a few pics from the week.
Our quasi-glamping set up worked perfectly in some terrible weather. In the heaviest torrential downpours you could actually feel a fine mist coming through the fabric, so fine it didn't even land - the tent stayed dry throughout. (The car was badass too)
Whilst out DofE spotting, I took Willow up Sticks Pass, to the north of Helvellyn, she loved the 'teeny tiny venture'.
Mike and I got one morning of climbing in. Mike started up this gop-fest before biffing out of the slimy route. We then moved on to Brown Slabs; Where It All Began for me as a 14 year old cadet.
Willow loved it so much she built herself a camping bed while I was clearing the kit up. I think I may find myself camping in the garden before too long.
Thank to Julie and all the cadets and staff who helped make the week so great.
No pictures I am afraid but had an eventful weekend in the
lakes on our annual Silver & Gold Practice Expedition. It’s a nice route that on day one took us up
Mosedale to camp not far from the summit of Esk Pike. The second day saw us summit Esk Pike, Great
End, Scafell Pike and Scafell and descend to the scenic Sampson Stones for
camp. On the last day we hopped over the
pass back into Mosedale and should have been down by 10am, but a diabetic cadet
went down with a serious case of hypoglycaemia.
I saw my group safely into the valley and returned to the incident, via
the campsite as I somehow missed them – I effectively did the route three
times! We managed to get her down safely
but consuming the sugar needed to get her off the hill and stave off
hypoglycaemia saw them swing the other way into hyperglycaemia which required
an ambulance to be called from the motorway.
I am glad to say all is now well and although we took the right course
of action on the hill, there are still some learning points for all of us.
In previous years I have carried a combination of; climbing
kit and climbed in the evenings, running kit, a full head of broccoli etc for
gourmet cooking, and a whisky tasting set including galsses. Fun though all those things are, it was very
nice just to carry the essentials (actually Jack carried the tent and cooker),
especially with my ever decreasing fitness.