Outdoor Focus Winter 2017 - Page 9

Causey Pike walk view - Chiz Dakin W elcome to the 2017 AGM weekend awards special. For the rest of this issue of Outdoor Focus you’ll be able to read about and see what the participating OWPG members got up to during the weekend, as well as fi nd out more about the OWPG award winners and why they richly deserved their prizes. After a very succesful weekend in an every-so-slightly wet and windy Lake District, thanks need to go to Andrew White for running an inspiring and rewarding video workshop; Dave Ramshaw, Viv Crow and Mark Richards for organising walks, as well as Peter for off ering the Eiger as a wet-day alternative for Sunday morning; Dennis Kelsall for his role as master of ceremonies at the awards presentation ceremony; Ronald Turnbull for stepping in and organising the weekend; the awards judges: Mark Whitely of Dalesman Publications, Chris Bagshaw, Carlton Reid executive editor of BikeBiz.com, Elizabeth Multon of Bloomsbury Publishing, Lois Sparling, Craig Wareham of ViewRanger, Dave Willis and Ashley Cooper; the awards administrator, David Ramshaw; and last but by no means least, all the staff at the Newlands Adventure Centre. Here’s to next year’s AGM weekend, now just eleven months away... CAUSEY PIKE WALK Text and photos David Ramshaw The group of six intrepid walkers set off about 9.45 am from the centre to tackle the Causey Pike ridge via the direct route (almost vertical) to Rowling End. Forty minutes later, having scrambled up a narrow bracken enclosed path with steep rocky sections the party emerged onto the grassy top having gained 333m in height through low cloud and swirling mist. This gave the occasional glimpse to the valley below as the sun briefl y illuminated farms, fi elds and Derwentwater to the east. Further along the ridge towards the summit of Causey Pike (at 637m) the wind increased, becoming very variable in places and the views into the valley disappeared. Chris and Chiz braved the wind at one spot to record a windspeed of 48 mph on Chris’s anemometer. The party then took the wise decision to leave the ridge before ascending to Sail and Crag Hill by an escape route down to the Stoneycroft path under Oughterside, returning to the centre by 3.15 pm. winter 2017 | Outdoor focus 9