I have returned early from a very wet Lake District today with two “firsts” under my belt. It’s the first time I’ve had to abandon a trip because of dental problems and the first time I’ve had to abandon a pitch because of flooding.
On Thursday night, I felt a crunch in my mouth and the front of one of the crowns on my front teeth fell off! Fortunately it is uncomfortable rather than painful, but an emergency visit to the dentist is required. Ironically I had a dental appointment on Monday, where I pointed out the crack in said crown, but the dentist was relaxed about it!
On Friday morning, after six hours of heavy rain, the slight hollow where I had pitched my tent started to fill with water. I shouldn’t have pitched there, but the ground was appealingly flat. Gear was hastily packed into my rucksack and I walked back to my base camp tent at Hollins in the rain, crossing some seriously full becks. However, it did prove that I have solved the leaking pole sleeve issue and that the silnylon groundsheet of the Scarp really is waterproof.
More on my trip and gear over the next few days!