[O]n the evening of Saturday 5th November, as fireworks went off across the Lake District, 42 fundraisers accompanied by a team of mountain leaders and mountain rescue volunteers headed out of Glenridding with the aim of traversing Striding Edge under darkness. The event which was known as ‘Striding Edge by Torchlight’ was arranged by the company directors of Lakeland Mountain Guides, Matt Le Voi and John Brooks.
Between the group of attending fundraisers and some generous online donations the event managed to raise an impressive sum of over £1,500 for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (LDSAMRA).
Matt Le Voi commented: “Unfortunately due to icy conditions that occurred just the night before we had to make a decision in the interest of group safety to not fully complete our desired route. Not sticking to a rigid plan is all part of mountaineering, and tough decisions such as this one quite often have to be made, regardless of internal or external pressures. Saying this, I cannot thank the attendees enough for not only joining us on what was yet another incredible night event with a sensational atmosphere, but for donating so generously and enabling us to gift such a great sum of money to a vital association.
“On the lead up to the event, there were sceptics who felt this event was foolhardy, but we have once again proved that with appropriate planning and measures in place, even a night traverse of Striding Edge can be enjoyed safely by so many people. Myself and John owe a lot of thanks to the mountain leaders and mountain rescue members from Patterdale, Cockermouth and Wasdale teams for their assistance which ultimately enabled the success of this event. The thanks are also extended to Nick Landells of Lakeland Photo Walks and Carmen Norman of Carmen Norman Photography who came to photograph the event.”
Richard Warren, Chairman LDSAMRA who joined the event said: “The twelve Lake District teams with over 450 unpaid team members are extremely grateful for the support of this hardy group of scramblers who have risen to the challenge, taking the opportunity to experience Striding Edge in darkness to raise funds towards saving lives. Safety for this night time adventure was of course paramount with mountain leaders brought in, giving up their bonfire night with their families to make the event a success. Hats off to Matt Le Voi and John Brooks for organising this second night time experience in support of mountain rescue.”
It is worth highlighting that night walking, particularly scrambling can be quite demanding, so if you’re keen to enjoy a similar experience Lakeland Mountain Guides have already indicated there will be another ‘Striding Edge by Torchlight’ on Saturday 14th October 2017.
The pictures taken by the professional photographers can be purchased, with 50% of the profits going to LDSAMRA. The images can be found on the following link:
The next Lakeland Mountain Guides’ fundraiser will be on 29th April 2017 which is yet another ‘Festival of Light’ to follow on from last year’s Catbells Festival of Light which raised over £12,000 for Community Action Nepal.