21st - 23rd February 2014
Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
NNAS Straight to Silver nav skills course at Buckden. On Friday we did a lowland walk around Buckden, Cray and Hubberholme. On Saturday, we went up onto Yockenthwaite Moor, an amazing landscape of peat hags and moorland with an hour and a half of night navigation down off the fell. Then on Sunday we got to the top of Buckden Pike in 60mph winds and horizontal rain. Funnily enough, we didn't see any other walkers during the 3 days....! It was the sort of weather that would make you normally decide to stay indoors or do a short walk to a cafe, but as it was a navigation skills course, and quite an advanced one at that, we went up to 700 metres in a storm. And very exhilarating it was too! My new Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket stood up to what Mother Nature could throw at us quite admirably, and the hood was particularly good at keeping the stinging rain out of my eyes.
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