Scafell Pike Guided Trek
Our fiftieth birthday
As a joint Christmas present, my wife's sister arranged a guided walk up England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. We finally took up the challenge on 18 October 2014. The weather on the day could best be described as grim, with low cloud on the mountain and howling winds. Despite this, we had a fantastic time and met a great bunch of people in our group, who ranged from those simply out for the day like us, to those embarking on charitable ventures to raise money for great causes.
Our guide Matt was a consummate professional taking time with each member of the group and almost appearing to be in several places at once (does he have any twins?) He inspired the group giving us the confidence to tackle weather and conditions that would normally beat us.
His Labrador "Lexi" was a glowing beacon in her orange jacket, leading us onwards and identifying our group if we ever lagged behind. She could always raise our spirits on the hardest parts of the trail with her constant search for another "stick" even if it were still growing in the ground!
Over all despite not seeing anything bar cloud on the summit and nearly being blown off our feet a number of times, this was a memorable present (and hopefully one that will inspire us to explore the beauty of the British countryside further).
Thanks for the experience.
22 October 2014