All work and no play…

… would make us very dull scientists!

So on Friday we made a break for it, escaped from the lab, out into the wilds of the Peak District for a day’s fun. Not a laser, mass spectrometer or meteorite in sight!

Happy climbers! (Photo: TH)

We spent the day climbing, bouldering and abseiling near Hathersage. Some members of the group are experienced climbers, whereas it was a first of others. But everyone had a go and enjoyed themselves (I think!).

The weather did not entirely co-operate – when we were on the train we could barely see the hills through the rain and mist. But at least we all got to test out our waterproofs! Turns out my boots aren’t quite as waterproof as I thought they were! The rain did stop for a while, and the sun even came out to say hello briefly before the rain started again.

After all that hard work we rounded off the day with a well-earned dinner in the nearest pub.

(And then we spent most of the weekend nursing various aches and bruises!)

Leprechaun Oliver striking a pose in the bright green climbing shoes! (Photo: SC)

Chris bouldering (Photo: TH)

Silke and Deborah learning to tie knots. (Photo: GT)

Roisin abseiling (Photo: GT)

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About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.
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