Thursday 25th January 2007
Start point: Patterdale (NY 394
Patterdale - Hole-in-the Wall - Striding
Helvellyn - Swirral Edge -
Distance: 7.8 miles
Total Ascent: 925 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Snowy with blue skies and a
light breeze - perfect. 4oC.
Wow, what a day today - bright blue skies
and crisp white snow made for perfect walking conditions to Helvellyn
via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. Today I was joined by regular
contributor to this site, Andy Lang; on the walk we bumped into Graham
Thompson and the Trail magazine team doing a feature on Striding Edge
and then Andrew Leaney on the summit of Helvellyn. Up on Catstycam we
were alone and it didn't look as though many had trod there today - only
a couple of sets of footprints!
Dollywagon Pike and Nethermost Pike at
the head of Grisedale.
A cold looking Grisedale, Saint Sunday
Above the snow line heading for The
Birkhouse Moor from the
Looking across to Catstycam.
Casper contemplates the crossing of
Heading for Striding Edge.
Striding Edge and Helvellyn from Low
The Trail magazine team sort out a
photo shoot for an edition next winter.
Crossing Striding Edge.
Come on Angus, no problem!
Looking back along Striding Edge.
Looking back to The Chimney, the
awkward bit of Striding Edge.
Striding Edge with the High Street
range beyond and The Pennines beyond that.
A similar view from higher up.
A superb view from the summit of
The summit of Helvellyn.
Ullswater and The Pennines.
An icy looking Great Gable with Green
Gable in front and Kirk Fell to the right.
The pointed Bow Fell, left distance
with the Scafell range covered in cloud over Ullscarf.
Looking back along Helvellyn summit
with Striding Edge below.
Looking east over Red Tarn from
Great Gable and Kirk Fell with Red
Pike, Scoat Fell and Pillar covered in cloud.
The route of descent - looking along
Swirral Edge to Catstycam.
Descending Swirral Edge.
Red Tarn and Striding Edge with the
High Street fells beyond from Swirral Edge.
Heading for Catstycam.
White Side from Catstycam.
The north-western fells through the gap
between Helvellyn Lower Man and White Side.
Easterly view from Catstycam.
The distant High Street ridge.
There was a great view of The Pennines
and Ullswater from Catstycam with Place Fell, centre right, over
Snowy beards on these two Beardies!
Casper in the sunshine.
Descending from Catstycam looking back
to Swirral Edge. The cloud was moving in on Helvellyn now.
A monochromatic Casper in Red Tarn
Catstycam again - I just love that sky.
A third and final Catstycam + sky!
Casper - frozen nose.
Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Catstycam
from Birkhouse Moor.
Casper, me and Angus on Helvellyn,
photo by Andy Lang.
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