Blencathra by Moonlight : please click on the images to view them full size. Thanks to Andrew Galloway (AG) and Naomi Le Voi (NLV) for the great photos of the event.
The fundraising for earthquake relief in Nepal reached new heights at midnight on Friday 5th June, when 150 charity walkers from around the country made a moonlit climb of Blencathra in the Lake District, scrambling up Hall’s Fell Ridge.
The event raised more than £5000 which is being donated to CAN to help the rebuilding of mountains communties in Nepal after the recent earthquakes.
The organisers were Matt Le Voi and John Brooks of Lakeland Mountain Guides. Matt and John have close links with Nepal and wanted to help in someway. The generosity and support their event received really took them by surprise. They had thought they might raise about £300 ….. never imaging the event could raise £5000 pounds! “I was gob-smacked” was how Matt described the support for the event.
The walkers met at the Horse and Farrier pub in Threkeld, where they were welcomed by Matt, John and CAN volunteer David Nightingale. After a raffle of mountain kit, books and posters the walkers headed off up the hill. The weather was a little cold and windy – typical Lake District summer conditions really!
The scramble up Hall’s Fell Ridge to the summit was great fun and caused much amusement as the group looked like a line of ants swarming up the hillside. As darkness fell head torches were switched on … we could only wonder what passing drivers on the A66 below Blencathra were thinking seeing the hill lit up like a christmas tree!
As always getting to the top of a mountain is just half the story. Thankfully everyone descended safely back to Threkeld (very) early on Saturday morning, before leaving for home – tired but happy in their success.
Doug Scott said “CAN is thrilled with the success of the Blencathra by Moonlight walk. The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of those so badly affected by the earthquake. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part.”
This success was very much due to the superb organisation by Matt and John and everyone who helped on the night: including Naomi Le Voi, members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, Bay Search and Rescue and supporting Outdoor Guides.
Thanks also to those who donated raffle prizes: Rachel Kearns of Cotswold Outdoors in Keswick for donating prizes from Montane, Gore, Ruffwear, Cicerone Press, Superfeet, Bridgedale and Buff. Other great prizes were donated by Embleton Spa Hotel and Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott.