LCLC members on the mission "Scafell Pike"
LCLC's friends, Alumni of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, have kindly invited LCLC members to join the mission "Scafell Pike". Not discouraged by a long drive from London to the Lake District, a group of 22 people set out to get to the top of England.
Thursday after work we all got into six cars and made our way up to the North. It was after midnight when everyone was finally there, in the amazing Irton Hall, having a glass of wine, meeting old friends, making new ones and discussing plans for the weekend. The weather forecast looked promising.
On Friday, after a full on English breakfast, we were all ready for a warm up day. The picturesque drive to the Grizedale forest showed us the beauty of the Lake District that we missed a night before, while driving in the dark. England - you are so beautiful!
Through uphills and downhills we all cycled to explore more of the Lake District - wonderfully blue Coniston Water, rolling hills and colourful valleys. The bravest and toughest of us tried out our skills on MTB tracks, while others watched the sunset zip-wiring across the tree tops. Everyone had great experiences to share at a dinner table at Santon Bridge Inn.
Saturday was THE day for the Scafell Pike. All dressed up in layers, full of warm breakfast, with waterproofs and snacks in rucksacks, we drove to Wasdale Head Inn, where we started what was planned to be an all day hike to the top of England.
The ascent was steep yet enjoyable with every step opening ever increasingly beautiful views. About two thirds of the way up we entered into the cloud and continued on more and more rocky and steep terrain. The surrounding was magical, somewhat reminding the Lord of the Rings, as if we will soon be joined by dwarfs and trolls.
With some bouldering, some getting lost and found, and some guidance from the locals we got to the Peak! All of us where there on the top, feeling the sense of achievement.
Strong winds didn't keep us at the top of the Pike for long and so after a short celebration we all made our way back. Using different routes and with adventures on the way we all made it back to the Wasdale Inn where a celebratory drink was due for everyone. Later, after the dinner at Irton Hall we all had probably one of the soundest sleeps in a long time.
Sunday was the day of going back home. A little detour to Bowness-on-Windemere and a cruise on the lake of Windemere was a lovely treat to mark the end of the weekend in the North.
Thanks to Vilma Midveryte for organising and to everyone who made the trip so positively memorable!