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Gallery 2012 - September

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
New water system installed at High House

Following last winters epic problems with the water system in the loft freezing and causing extensive flooding, the committee took a decision to have a new water system installed that would enable all plumbing to be removed from the loft. The Kendal company Arbco was selected to carry out this task, and during the second week in September they duly installed a new pressurized system in time for the working weekend.


Working Weekend and Time Team excavation

A successful working weekend was enjoyed by 22 members, with 18 stopping on Saturday evening for the communal meal. The weather held up and many outdoor and indoor jobs were completed. Beside the routine cleaning and other jobs, the main tasks completed were -
- Removal of all pipe work and tanks from the loft made redundant by the new system - see above.
- Laying of insulation in the loft.
- Burning-off the old paintwork from window frames, rubbing down, and staining
- Removal of boulders on the fire escape route
- Completion of the fitting of the replacement stove in the large dormitory, including a guard
- Completion of the "Time Team" excavation work including the stabilization of the surrounding walls.

Below left shows the window burning-off underway, and below right the burning-off still underway whilst other members have another break.

Meanwhile inside the building cleaning was underway in the common room and kitchen.


Below left: The large dormitory has been without a stove for many months now, but Mark managed to procure one from e-Bay for only £140. Walter competed its installation including the fitting of a guard, and its now up and running, or should that be burning.
Below right: Mick and Roger contemplate what to do with the two large water tanks and pipe work removed from the loft.


During the March 2011 working weekend, a step, entrance and the start of a cobbled floor were revealed. Subsequent work uncovered what the NT confirmed was a cow house/byre/shippon.
The excavation work was more or less completed during this working weekend. What remains is to tidy-up the site and record it for posterity through photography and a scaled plan. The Trust would then like to see it covered over with sand to protect it from weathering, and the clubs plan is to probably follow that with the erection of a shed on the site.

The two photos below show the current state of the site. The side wall that had previously collapsed on the right of the entrance (shown as the wall facing in the photo below left) was stabilized by Frank and Matthew, and the front walls on the left and right of the entrance were rebuilt by a team that included Frank, Peter, Matthew, and Gary.

The entrance has a step of three stones side by side followed by a door lintel the full width of the doorway. This lintel has a recess at each end to hold a door hinge, and possibly a hole in the centre indicating a double door. A central cobbled aisle runs across the building to the far wall, and to the right is a cobbled area where animals would have been tethered, dropping their manure into the central aisle to enable cleaning. The depth of this stall area looks small compared with a modern byre, but animals in those days would have been much smaller than current. On the left of the central aisle is another cobbled area (though some of this has been destroyed over the years) probably replicating that on the right and extending as far as the metal shed where there is large stone that was probably part of the wall separating the shippon area from the rest of the building.

This photo shows a recent meeting of Kendal and Norwich. Julian Gillett on the left and Pio Altarelli third from the left, met up with Angie and Hugh on top of Catbells. The Norwich group have been visiting High House annually since 1985, and became members following the move to Norwich of Brian Andrews.

Saturday Walk - Crinkle Crags from Cockley Beck

Led by Roger in place of Mike who was poorly, seven members had a good day out walking up the delightful rocks of Little Stand to the Crinkles, returning by Gaitscale Beck.

Rights shows the start, with from left to right: Roger, Val, Clare, Frank, Sue, Tony, with Mick taking the photo.


The fun part - the 'bad step' on Long Top, Crinkle Crags, with no one having any difficulty. Frank on the left, Tony watching Sue on the step, with Val watching from the top..

Tony shows how its done, with Frank taking notice.

Mid-Week Walk - Troutbeck Valley
Following two days of continual rain, it was a relief to wake up to a day when it wasn't raining. Even so, the nine members who met near Troutbeck Church were expecting wet and boggy ground, and they weren't disappointed. Tony and Sue had planned the walk that led along the bridleway up the valley to Ing Bridge and then up the east side of Troutbeck Tongue. In pleasant weather, the group had lunch under Scots Rake before continuing towards Threshwaite Mouth. Turning west, much fun was had crossing the young but swollen Trout Beck, some making good use of Norman's 'smiting' stick. The return was made down the west side of Troutbeck Tongue where they were assailed by two rain showers, but had a nice warm spell of sunshine in between. What a year for weather!
Thanks to Tony and Sue for a good walk, and for laying on some fine weather, and thanks to Norman and Tony for the photos.


Looking up the valley to Threshwaite Mouth.


Around Park Fell Head, with the Stony Cove Pike behind

Sue crossing the beck, with help from Tony, whilst Frank watches and Val prepares to cross.

From left to right - Sue, Tony, Colin, Roger (behind), Frank, Hugh, Val, and David, with Sally the dog in front and Norman behind the camera.


On the way back down the valley at the end of a shower.


A stop on the way back - in sunshine at last!

The interesting bridge where the path crosses the Trout Beck just west of Troutbeck Tongue.
The Traverse of the Carneddau - David Birkett
David walked the Carneddau from near Helyg, the Climbers Hut in the Nant Francon valley, and took in Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd, returning via the steep descent from Pen yr Ole Wen.

Right is the view of Cwm Bochlwyd and Cwn Idwal with the Y Gribin ridge between them and the Glyders behind.
Below left is Tryfan, and below right Tryfan and Glyder Fach.

Honister via Ferrata
A friend of the club, Norman Bell, spent some time with his son and his friend on the via ferrata at Honister Pass. These three photos give a flavour of the route.


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