Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lakeland Exped

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.

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