Classic - Winter at Black Sail (Bargain price!)
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Bargain price - now just £69 for members, down from £102 on this classic Lakes hostel! (PAYG members reduced to £89.)
Come join us for a spectacular Winter mountain weekend at Black Sail, one of England's most remote hostels! Great walking, great company and spectacular scenery awaits those who sign up.
Generations of walkers have made a grateful beeline for the majestically sited Black Sail hostel, a former shepherds' bothy that has been beautifully upgraded and now serves as one of the UK's most renowned hostels. High up in the western fells – a good couple of hours walk from anywhere and 2.5 miles from the nearest car park in Buttermere – this is a cosy refuge in the wilderness enjoying a superbly peaceful environment with a stargazers delight of zero light pollution.
Black Sail offers fantastic access to a number of nearby peaks, including Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Hay Stacks, Pillar, High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike. After a long day exploring the hills, we can go back and put our feet up in the cosy lounge, complete with wood-burning stove.
This is a challenging mountain weekend, there are no low level or easier walk options available. The plan will be for a full day's walk on Saturday with the option of a shorter walk on Sunday to make the most this stunning location.
Please note the revised starting location and time - requested meet time further revised, please see below:
We will be walking in as a group from the revised starting location in Buttermere at a time that will get us to the hostel just before dark. This will involve a walk of 3.6km (2.5miles) and a total ascent of 371m. YHA transport of our food supplies has been confirmed.
Please pay particular attention to the equipment requirements for this weekend, we will be walking in a Winter environment which may be bitterly cold, be sure to pack those thermals!
Dogs: Sorry, this event is not suitable for dogs due to the small communal spaces available.
Photos: Provided by the YHA, ODL members AMD and david252, used with permission.
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What to bring
You will be carrying all your gear the full 2.5 miles in, so think about weight but remember that this is Winter in a proper mountain environment.
Bedding is provided but towels are not.
A small flask for hot drinks while on the hill can be a real life-saver if the weather is poor.
A head torch is essential!
Mountain Walks Equipment List:
Whilst we will be walking in Winter this event is not a designated Winter event so we are not intending to use crampons or ice axes on our walks. You may wish to carry an ice axe and microspikes if you have them and know how to use them.
In summary, warm clothes, gloves, hats, spare dry clothes, full waterproofs and good boots will all be necessary. All your equipment must be in good condition and capable of handling any weather. Packing additional layers is recommended as average daytime temperatures are usually only just above freezing.
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, be aware that hydration bladder nozzles may freeze in cold weather.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walkers should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition and be crampon rated.
Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.
Gaiters: Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg. They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them when walking through muddy or boggy ground or in snow.
Walking Trousers: You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold. The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing. No shorts in Winter please.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn as a second layer as they can act as a windproof barrier, keeping the legs warm.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This could be a cheaper sports top or you could go top of the range with a merino top, as cotton T-Shirts can become damp and uncomfortable when climbing a mountain.
Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a non-cotton rugby/sports top can sometimes be good. Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. Bring a spare, they are commoly lost in strong winds.
Gloves: Winter gloves are essential in the colder months, windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice. Bring spares, they are commonly lost in strong winds.
Snood: Invaluable in keeping the gap at your neck and your face warm. Use to cover your lower face in cold and blowy conditions.
Goggles: In Winter, spindrift can blind you when the wind picks up and carries the snow about, having a pair of ski-ing goggles in your bag could make a difference to your day. (optional)
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres. As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.
Emergency Equipment: The leader of the group will normally carry some emergency items, but you are welcome to bring your own such as spare energy food, survival bag, personal first aid kit, head torch and a whistle. It is not essential that you bring all or any of these items but it will do no harm if you do bring.
Map & Compass: If you want to learn to be a leader or you just like to know where you are, then you can bring a map that covers the area. If you are not sure which map to bring, just message the leader. It is best to bring your map either in a map case or purchase maps which are waterproof.
Head Torch: Always essential at any time of year, and bring spare batteries or a spare torch, ideally both.
Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.
Anything else: Bring a smile, we intend to have fun!
Food & drink
Please bring a buffet item for the Friday night. Please, no pizzas!
Breakfasts and Saturday dinner will be provided.
If you're bringing alcohol, think about the weight of your bottles.