Last weekend's Brotherwater OM meet was the biggest ever and, even better, a kit auction raised over £2,500 to be donated to local Lakes mountain rescue teams. And the sun shone too...
Last weekend's OUTDOORSmagic SuperMeet in the Lake District was a
massive success, not least for local mountain rescue teams who
benefited to the tune of £2705 from the Saturday night kit
Around 54 OUTDOORSmagic members with 37 tents descended on the
brilliantly hospitable Sykeside campsite near Brotherswater at the
foot of the Kirkstone Pass and were rewarded with some of the best
weather of the year so far. It was the biggest OM meet ever, topping
even the very popular Buttermere gathering the other year.
It's to the credit of everyone who came along that the campsite
owner said while he has - and we quote - "reservations about large
mixed sex groups, OUTDOORSmagic will be welcome any time".
Saturday was spent walking, climbing and scrambling with people
doing their own thing in small groups. It was stiflingly hot in the
valleys, but up on the tops a gentle breeze took the edge off the
temperatures and the OM editor took the opportunity for some extreme
fern bashing at the foot of St Sunday Crag, the less said about which
Going, Going, Gone...
The highlight of the weekend though, was the Saturday night kit
auction. Big credit to OM members Dave Mycroft, Cara-Lyn Reynolds, Frank Adams and
Stuart Thomas - 'the climbing bank manager' - who all put a huge amount
of time and effort into making the whole event run like
One of the lots was an
original copy of The Times newspaper with the news
of the first ascent of Everest.
The idea was that OM members would be able to auction off surplus kit
with a proportion of the proceeds being donated to mountain rescue in
the Lakes. In the event a number of gear companies generously
provided gear for auction with 100 per-cent of the sale price going
to the teams.
They included Montane, Alpkit, Mountain Equipment, Rab, Lightwave
and others. The Alpkit guys, Julie from Montane and Adam from
Lightwave even rolled up in person to lend their support. Jim from
Alpkit even pledging to match the donation raised by the sale of an
Alpkit sleeping bag - his face as it went for near retail price was a
Rescue Team rolled up complete with team
Thanks also to Barclays Bank who generously matched all money raised
on a pound for pound basis, effectively doubling the amount
There was some great kit on offer too and with Stu acting as
auctioneer for the evening, some hard-nosed bidding wars as well as
some fantastic bargains. At the end of the day, cashier Cara-Lyn
totalled up the spreadsheet and a cheque for just over £2500 was
presented to a representative of Patterdale MRT, the money is going to be shared with the guys from the Wasdale team.
Yep, we even had a proper
giant cheque :-)
The amount's still rising though and is now at £2705, with
additional items due to be sold off via the internet meaning the
total may well top £3000 :-)
It was a great weekend with the bonus of raising a lot valuable
funds for an excellent cause. I'd just like to thank everyone who
came along, it was great putting some faces to names and, again, an
especially big thanks to Dave, Cara-Lyn, Stu and all the other OMers
who had a hand in organising the event. Nice one guys.