High Camp 31 – 4/5 September – Buckden Pike

Calling all High Campers, Old and New

Carole Smithies writes:

Yes, I’m delighted to say that after last year’s virtual ascent of Mont Blanc, it’s a real High Camp on a real mountain this year.  We’re off to my favourite Yorkshire “2”, — Buckden Pike in Wharefedale.  Last week’s recce on a fine summer day reminded me just what a great little mountain it is.  A couple of points to note, the National Park car park at Buckden charges £5 for 24 hours.  It gets a bit busy during the day but most people are either wandering by the Wharfe or going over to Cray and back.  And water?  There’s a peaty gully at the 2-mile point on the normal route, which did have a little stream, though given the next 2 week’s dry weather forecast, you might not want to risk it.

But enough of the technicalities!  This is my 30th real High Camp, and El Presidente Andy T. hopes to join in the celebrations, following in the footsteps of 14 previous Presidential High Campers.  Talking last week, we both thought that after all the disruption of Club activities, this is a great opportunity to celebrate what the Club is all about, — getting together and getting out there.  As to a theme, well 30th anniversaries are marked with pearl, or the more modern jade.  And here I quote, “Jade has long been considered to be a lucky stone, especially by the peoples of Southeast Asia. It’s spiritual meaning is longevity and wisdom.   So, plenty of themes to go at.  Twin set and pearls anyone?  Something Asian, or green or wise or long-living?  Whatever, the choice is yours, just come ready to celebrate our return to the hills.  As always, you are invited join me for wine at nine by the leader’s tent, scintillating conversation & fascinating sippers guaranteed!

The highest attendance so far?  1994, Wild Boar Fell, 32 of us helping Keith Treacher celebrate the last of his 620 British & Irish “2s”.  I’d love to do better this time!  So please do come and join in the celebrations of the Club’s 119th year, its 58th consecutive High Camp & of course, my 30th High Camp. 

Carole Smithies

PS. Do get in touch if you want more information and, please do let me know if you’re coming. Contact details in handbook.

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