Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Over The Hill

This weekend just gone saw Lord Elpus & I once more steaming 'up north' on a Friday afternoon to do battle with the A1 roadworks.

We were heading for Derwent Water Youth Hostel, to meet up with fifty or so (how shall I say this without upset?) over the hill walkers. Actually, we are all part of a magnificent organisation called the 'Over the Hill Club'.

This club was started years ago as an offshoot of the TGO Challenge (then known as the 'Ultimate Challenge') Although primarily run by hillwalkers for hillwalkers, the club is for anybody who loves the natural world in general, whether here in the UK or abroad. Club members regularly arrange expeditions in Europe and beyond - even to the wilds of the Amazon and Antarctica.

The spirit of the club is one of good fellowship and pleasure in the great outdoors.

As Lord Elpus is the Webmaster for the club (and so has huge powers) he is expected to attend the weekend as it is the AGM and he has a speech to make. All I have to do is bumble along as his minder. Waggy has bought three barrels of beer and a late night is on the cards for Friday night.

Saturday's weather forecast proves to be accurate and so we bundle out of the hostel to nip up an easy one for elevenses, so we can be back in the Dog & Gun in Keswick for lunch. We are joined on Cat Bells by half of humanity - a silly choice of a hill for a Saturday really...

Still, the views were sensational up Borrowdale and over to Causey Pike and Whiteless Pike. It was wonderful to be back on a hill - not a big hill, but being surrounded by graceful fells is enervating.

The beers in The Dog & Gun were enervating too. A lovely weekend, keeping me in touch with what really counts.

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