Sleaford climbers conquer Skiddaw in the snow

Sleaford Mountain Club members at the summit of Skiddaw EMN-151202-102626001
Sleaford Mountain Club members at the summit of Skiddaw EMN-151202-102626001

Members of Sleaford Mountaineering Club recently enjoyed a weekend at Keswick in the Lake District with the aim of climbing one of the highest mountains in England, Skiddaw.

On a cold, clear Saturday they tackled a west to east traverse of Skiddaw, one of the impressive mountains that fill the Keswick skyline.

Andrew Pritchard of the mountaineering club said: “The chosen route involved some fantastic panoramic views. Once we were above the cloud line it was possible to see Scotland, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, let alone the many Lakeland peaks pushing their heads above the cloud layer.

“With the temperature below zero it was necessary to make use of poles, ice-axes and crampons to deal with the icy conditions. Other walkers on the route were having difficulty by not being properly equipped.”

The walkers enjoyed a full day in the snow and ice, with the walk taking seven and a-half-hours.

On the Sunday, the group opted for the more gentle challenge of climbing Cat Bells. One of the prettiest mountains in the Lake District, Cat Bells is on the other side of Keswick and again the weather was crisp and clear for the Sleaford walkers and offered further excellent views around the Keswick area.

Sleaford Mountaineering Club meet from 9pm Thursday night at the Packhorse Inn, Sleaford. For further information contact Andrew on 07801 980465. The club is on Facebook and has a website at www.sleafordmc.co.uk