What a great start for Little Ground House - a superb day out from a peerless spot in perfect weather. The first Ratti meet at LGH, Dave Makin's fell runners' meet, was the 19/20 March 2016. Our company for the weekend was Leo Pollard, Sheila Anderton, Andy Pooler, Mick Seed, Steve Clancy, Andrew Stephens, Dave Makin, Paul Charnock Jr, Alex Erwin, Malc Christie and me (Tash Fellowes). It began with a Friday night pint in the Strands Inn at Nether Wasdale, before settling in to the cosiness of the hut, with a fire already going in the burner.
Saturday morning saw a gang of us plus Olive the Patterdale terrier set off from Wasdale Head at tennish.
Our first goal was Scafell, and to make an otherwise arduous ascent more interesting we took in Lordís Rake which was still snowed up, making it quite exciting.
From the top of Scafell we descended on more patchy snow via Foxes Tarn to the trod below and from there on up to Scafell Pike which was predictably busy but did have a rare view.
Great End was next, and from the top there we split into 2 groups, a pair descending via Esk Hause and the rest of us picking our way down on the Joss Naylor direct route (involving more steep and snowy excitement) to meet up at Sty Head Tarn.
Great Gable loomed above us in glorious sunshine, an opportunity not to be passed over, so that was our 3rd climb of the day followed by a final push up Kirk Fell. By this time we could smell the pub and we had a mad, steep and quad destroying descent down the nose back to the inn at Wasdale Head where we had beers in the sun by the brook.
The Middle Fell Race was also on that afternoon, and Rob Green came back with a very respectable 8th place, gaining 20 points in the ARCC fell running championship.
Steve Clancy took in Whin Rigg and Illgill Head, returning via the scree path along Wastwater.
After a good feed we walked to the pub for a pint or two and I believe England beat France in a rugby match. The walk back to LGH by moonlight was beautiful.
On Sunday morning we had a tidy up and a look around the property before heading home. All in all, a successful meet - thanks to Dave Makin for organising the meet and the route, and many many thanks to all the Ratti members who have given their time and energy to get LGH ready for use, it really is a wonderful asset for the club.