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Gallery 2013 - June

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
Camping Trip in Europe - The Vercors

After the club's great trip to the Dolomites last year (and the Pyrenees the year before!) the camping trip abroad this year was to the Vercors, with the campsite in Village Au Joyeux Reveil, Autrans.
This pretty area abounds with good walks of all grades, dramatic gorges, big limestone crags, unspoiled meadows, caves, including the world famous show cave Grottes de Choranche.

The photo on the left shows some of the members on the summit of Pic St Michel. From the left, and rear, Colin, Roger, Jo, Margaret, Val, and Clare, with Mick taking the photo.



The campsite in Autrans


A large Orchid - any suggestions of which kind?



Another orchid


Mont Auguille - the least dramatic side


Pas de l'Echette


But Sapiau


Le Moliere


Grotte de Choranche


Cooling off in Pont-en-Royans


The 'Maisons Suspendues' in Pont-en-Royans


Ready for the Via Ferrata de Chironne


Clare bridging behind La Chandelle


Val on the steep final wall


Joan on her first via ferrata with Colin taking pics


Approaching the summit of Pic St. Michel


Descending Pic St. Michel to the Col d'Arc



Meanwhile back in the UK -

Beautiful bluebells by Rannerdale Knotts, looking towardsWhiteless Pike
A slow worm at Arnside

The Berwyn Range in Wales.

Right shows the head of the Berwyn Horsehoe, with Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych its highest points.

Below is the lichen covered trig point on Foel y Geifr above the Hirnant Pass, with the tremendous Aran ridge behind.

More snakes, this time an adder on Skye.
A boats wake on a calm Derwentwater


The route up Helvellyn via Fisher Ghyll takes in this delightful waterfall. The ghyll then branches into Brund Gill, and the route continues up onto Whiteside.


Gaitbarrows nature reserve has some amazing sights, including some of the best limestone pavement in the UK, and the Ladies Slipper Orchid, here shown after its best


The verge at Sandside must be one of the most easily accessible places to view orchids. Apart from the usual ones such as early purple and northen marsh, there are common twayblade - right, the rare fly orchid - below left, and the butterfly orchid - below right.

For the location, see below, but mind where you put your feet!


Sunrise at 600m altitude, above the Hirnant pass.
Well at least the sheep know where the summit is! Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw in the Berwyns.

From the Archives

During the month, the Westmorland Gazette ran three weekly articles by historian Peter Holme, of Kendal, describing the history of mountain rescue teams in the Lake District. Each article included a photograph - reproduced below - each one being "Courtesy of K Fellfarers and Kendal Mountain Rescue Archives".

'From 1956'
Many Fellfarers can be identified on this photo including -
Bruce Greenbank, Bryan Stilling, Mop Heigh, Peter O'Loughlin

"Mountain rescue volunteers pose for the camera after taking part in an exercise with an early stretcher".

Our current Chairman, Roger Atkinson, identifies the following people -
From L to R - Don Alker, Bryan Stilling, Mike Mitchel - he built the stretcher, Frank Leaver, Tommy Woodward, Philip (Dog) Simms, David Birkett, Dick Smith, Ian (Sacky) Underhill, Mike (Ali) Hodgson, ?, Roger Atkinson.

Ex-member Peter Jackson has written a book about his walk from Lands End to John O'Groats in 1997 (see the Commemorative Book p203). For info on the book, see http://www.2qt.co.uk/authors/peter-jackson/
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