Monday 24th May 2010
Patterdale (NY 394
Patterdale - Hole-in-the Wall - Striding
Helvellyn - Swirral Edge -
Distance: 7.6 miles
Total Ascent: 900 metres
Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes
Start Time: 07:00
Weather: Mostly sunny. 19oC
It has been sweltering over the weekend so I
fancied getting out early today to 'beat the heat'. I
certainly managed that as it was pretty cold crossing
Striding Edge this morning when the clouds swirled in. By
the time I reached the summit of Helvellyn, the clouds had
disappeared and the summer weather returned once more. On
the way down to Patterdale I bumped into a gang of Striding
Edge fans from Hull - nice to meet you all Martin and
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Early morning in Grisedale.
Climbing the path to the Hole in the Wall.
The bracken is coming on quickly!
St Sunday Crag.
The head of Grisedale from the climb. It is
sunny here but looks a bit murkier up on Helvellyn.
Birkhouse Moor from The Hole in the Wall and
the sun has gone.
It's sunny down there, but not here now.
Red Tarn and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn lost in
High Spying How.
Dougal leads the way across Striding Edge.
The mist is swirling in and out and the
temperature has plummeted.
Catstycam across Red Tarn.
Continuing along Striding Edge.
I wonder if it will clear up?
At least you can just about see the top now.
Striding Edge from the climb to Helvellyn.
Another view of Red Tarn and it seems to be
Striding Edge from the top.
Blue skies now on the deserted summit.
Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike across
the cross shelter.
Striding Edge and Red Tarn from the summit.
A panoramic view from the top.
All is still under cloud to the west, the
Coniston fells are over there somewhere.
Dougal and Casper take a breather at the
summit - there is a bit more of the column on show than the
last time they were here, a whole 10 weeks ago...
The path to Catstycam.
Dougal chooses his route carefully.
Looking back up Swirral Edge.
Swirral Edge and Helvellyn with two stubborn
bits of snow visible.
Ullswater from Catstycam.
There is no water to drink on Catstycam
Looking across to Raise and we are not going
that way either Dougal!
Striding Edge across a doggy bathing/drinking
Helvellyn and Swirral Edge.
At last! There was no stopping these two
A panoramic view of Red Tarn and Helvellyn.
The path to Swirral Edge.
Back at Grisedale Beck all is lovely now.
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