“Wow I just did that” – in thick fog, horizontal rain and 50 mph winds!

Starting in dry weather was encouraging. Finishing in dry weather was pleasant. It was every second in between that was a problem. We knew what we were getting into with a day out in the Howgills, as we had all done our Bronze and Silver awards prior to this. However, what nobody had told us – and what was about to become incredibly clear – was the sudden step-up in difficulty. What we had assumed would be a day of walking became a day of equal parts navigation, rock-climbing and trying not to fall off a mountainside. The minibuses set

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