I spent last weekend with a voluntary group of people from Yorkshire – 19 on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. This is a group that has been coming each year for more than 10 years now and there are often familiar faces returning for another session. This year they managed to build 250 metres of stock-proof fencing in just two days – a fantastic achievement. If I’d been working alone, I might have just about managed to take down the old fence in the same time so they really make a great contribution.
|Meg and Reiver planning their next move.|
During the week I went to a Mountain Liaison meeting that comes around every 6 months. This is where the National Trust, the National Park Authority, Natural England, the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) and representatives from the Army (they use the Lake District for training) get together to discuss issues such as access or any potential problems. There is increasing demand for organised outdoor events that have to be planned carefully to minimise conflict between different needs and expectations.
|Let's start with a spot of scrambling ...|
As the busy Bank Holiday period approaches and we have had prolonged dry weather, we are now prepared for potential fires. There is still a lot of dry bracken and not much green growth on the fells so the fire risk is high. Many of us will be on duty over the weekends hoping that we can deal with problems quickly. I did manage to take some time off during the week for a spot of climbing. The rock was warm and dry – great conditions.
|... followed by a cool-off ...|
This week I’ve had an extra dog companion. Meg is a daughter of Reiver’s who is now owned by friends and when they have a holiday, she comes to stay with us. It’s noticeable when they are together that the younger Meg is so much bigger than Reiver but they are good friends!
|... and then a good shake.|