Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

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Date : Tuesday / Wednesday 10th/11th May 2005.

Occasion : A series of George Fisher / Montrail training sessions organised by Beta Climbing, in order for staff to chat about and try out Montrail Trek shoes.

Location : Four separate walks (for a quarter of the staff at a time) from the shop, up to the top of Latrigg and back.

Walk details : 4 miles, 1200 ft of ascent. 3 hours including stops to chat and discuss gear and trade in general.

Weather : A fine sunny day with only a slight breeze.


We started by selecting one of two trek shoe styles, either the Hard Rock or the Massai,

in the Boot Room at Fishers.

Into the great outdoors to try the shoes out, first with a road walk through town

and then up the delightfully named Spoony Green Lane towards Latrigg

Too warm to discuss products in the shop, Ian and David opt for a more practical venue half way up Latrigg.

This gave us time to discuss the theory of trek shoe design, and the subtle differences between the two styles in use today.

The varied route allowed us to really test the shoes on all sorts of surfaces; tarmac, gravel and grass, on both up and downhill slopes. They certainly gripped well and the comfort was excellent.

In between the ups and the downs we had an excellent view of Keswick from high on Latrigg.

The lake is Derwent Water, and the fells in the middle distance are (l to r) Walla Crag, Kings How Castle Crag, Maiden Moor . . .

with Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, the Scafell range and Great Gable behind.


Down through the forestry and chance to chat further.

Returning to Keswick again we passed the horses from the Calvert Trust

taking young disabled riders out on a mornings adventure.

Back to the shop and a de-brief about our ideas.

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Thanks for a great day out to Ian and David, and also to George Fishers Management.

Please note: any opinions expressed within this report are purely personal

and do not necessarily reflect those of George Fisher Ltd, Beta or Montrail Company itself.

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