Helvellyn at Autumn Hostel Weekend
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If you're looking for a true mountain experience this autumn, join us in Glenridding at the base of one of the Lake District's most famous mountains Helvellyn.
We'll be staying at a hostel a ten-minute drive from the village of Glenridding. From our accommodation, we have access to a number of mountain walks in the surrounding fells, ridges and peaks.
Conditions permitting, on Saturday will be attempting to scale Striding Edge, a grade 1 scramble, before heading to the peak of Helvellyn. Easier day walks may be available, but we'll be aiming to run an exciting and challenging day in the mountains. We'll also plan a shorter walk for the Sunday for those who don't need to dash off after breakfast.
Dogs: Due to the layout of the accommodation, we are unable to accommodate dogs at this event.
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What to bring
Bedding or towels is not provided, you will need to bring your bedding or ideally a sleeping bag.
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
Your event cost includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday night and tea/coffee throughout the weekend.
On Friday night there will be a buffet which you are asked to contribute to - the event leader will provide more information nearer the time.
Don't forget that you will need food for a packed lunch on Saturday (sufficient to sustain you out on the hills), together with any other drinks you may want over the weekend.