By SNC, Feb 10 2019 08:00AM
On a damp and windy Friday. 15 brave souls (and one dog) made their way to Keswick to introduce themselves to each other and start to bond as a team before they all head to Nepal (minus the dog) in November.
There were nervous faces in The George as they walked in looking round to see if anyone looked vaguely like the pictures that had been distributed a few days ago.
A corner was taken over, conversation was flowing, cow pie was eaten and only a small amount of beer and gin was consumed....by 10pm only Nadine and Hazel remained, clearly the talk of the changed route due to the wind had struck a chord with everyone.
Saturday dawned and the news round the team was that very little sleep had been had due to the gale force winds overnight.
After a briefing by our guide Tim Mosedale, the team headed off in the direction of Blencathra but luckily enough, weather conditions today meant they would not be heading high. Immediately a fallen tree was spotted, proof of the strength of the strength of the overnight winds.
Up we headed...slowly spreading as a team and people starting to find their own pace and get comfortable with their equipment.
It was windy, it was cold, it was wet underfoot. Luckily the rain stayed away but conditions at certain parts of the trail were challenging. As the gusts got stronger and we headed up the valley with Blencathra on our right we were all silently thankful to have Tim's local knowledge to keep us on a safe but still challenging route.
Then those of us at the back saw a sheepish Roger and Tim walking back towards us telling us to turn round! They had been so engrossed in their conversation, they had missed the path to take us across the valley and back towards Keswick!
The winds had died down slightly so next to a beautiful waterfall in a fairly sheltered spot we settled down to grab a spot of lunch.
Before leaving Tim told us we would manage to bag a summit today, we would take in Latrigg on our way back.
As we headed down then back up again it became windier and windier, 2 ladies heading down from the summit warning us that we will definitely need to hang onto our hats - they weren't wrong!
We were rewarded with the sunrays breaking through the clouds and stunning views over Keswick towards Cat Bells and beyond. A great reward for a fabulous day in the hills.
A fun evening at a local pizzeria followed with lots of laughter and stories of our day being told..the team had bonded well.
Sunday was all about meeting up to find out exactly what was in store in November along with lots of idea sharing over fundraising tips and how as a team we could raise our target in order to help a school just on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Lots of questions and answers about kit, accommodation, food, how we would all cope and lots of excited trekkers left with arms full of goodies and hangouts, heads full of ideas and looking forward to the next get together in June.
Many thanks to our new team for all your enthusiasm this weekend, we know fundraising targets will be smashed and we will have a great time in Nepal in November as part of #Build&Trek2019
Roger, Hazel and Nadine
Supporting Nepal's Children