Friday 8th – Sunday 10th June 2017
George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, NE Lakes
Main Road (A592), Patterdale Village, Cumbria. Nearest Postcode: CA11 0NN
Grid Ref – NY 396162 (OS Outdoor Leisure Map No 5)
The AC are planning a training focused meet based in Patterdale (Lake District). The focus will be on transferring skills to Aspirant Members and those who wish to improve their Alpine skills.
Informal training and guidance will be provided by Sandy Allen.
Topics will range from what to put into your rucksack to some basic Alpine mountaineering skills.
You will be responsible for your own transport but lift shares / pick-ups may be able to be arranged closer to the time.
From Windermere (the south): In Windermere, turn right onto the A592 and follow it up over the Kirkstone Pass and down into Patterdale Village. The hut is an old school building on the right, about 350m after the White Lion Pub, just after the new school.
From the North: Leave the M6 at Junction 40, and take the A66 towards Keswick. At the first roundabout (Rheged), take the A592 past Ullswater into Patterdale Village. The hut is an old school building on the left, about 150m after the church.
Parking: Car park at the rear of the hut. If we park carefully then we can probably fit everyone in. If there isn’t space, please park considerately on the road outside the hut.
George Starkey Hut
For anyone who hasn’t used club huts before, they are a bit like fairly basic, un-staffed alpine huts. This one has:
Kitchen: Fully equipped – (Pots, pans, utensils, crockery, and cutlery are provided.)
Sitting/Dining: Large room with tables and dining chairs, plus comfy chairs and fire.
Showers: Male/female washrooms with toilets, washbasins, and hot showers.
Sleeping: Bunks with mattresses are provided, but please bring everything else that you may need – sleeping bags, pillows, etc. There are three dorms (marked male, female and members), but as we have full use of the hut, so feel free to use whichever dorm you like.
Connectivity: Phone signal is likely to be poor – however the local pubs may have better signal or complimentary WIFI.
Cleaning: We will need to give the hut a clean when we leave. Cleaning stuff will be provided by the hut.
Food and Drink
Generally on meets, people fend for themselves, so please bring (or buy locally) whatever you are likely to need.
Saturday evening: Communal meal (optional). If you would like to join in and/or cook please let me know. Also please let me know if you have any dietary allergies or aversions. We’ll divide the cost of this between those who partake – please bring a few pounds in loose change so we can reimburse people in cash.
There is a pub and a hotel within walking distance.
The Post office in Patterdale has a few supplies and there are a couple of small shops in Glenridding.
This will be based on feedback from the application form and preferences of members and trainers on the trip.
The presumption is that most people have at least some Alpine experience and some prior domestic mountaineering background. Friday evening should be an ideal time to meet people and make arrangements for the weekend ahead. You will be responsible for providing your own equipment / maps / guidebooks.
We ask that people leave brief details of where they are going, and an estimated return time for safety reasons.
Arrival Time: TBC. Please indicate an estimated time or arrival when booking. Should you find yourself arriving before the hut is opened up, then the White Lion Inn would seem to be a good place to seek temporary shelter and sustenance.
Other than socialising, eating, drinking, and chatting, there may be opportunity of an informal presentation from one of the guides
Attendees: £30.00 for the weekend (Friday and Saturday nights) to cover the cost of accommodation and expenses of trainers.
Please make cheques payable to Charlotte Wisbey (or send cash) to the address below. Payment in advance is essential to secure a space.
Reservations essential. Please request a booking form
Please let me know if you would like any additional nights and we will try to arrange this.