Saturday, 2 February 2013
I think I've done more posts on Helvellyn than any other mountain. Well it's a nice day. Strangely I'm not at work so a high eastern fell might still have snow. Helvellyn it is.
As you come over Dunmail Raise theres a hanging valley to your left with a waterfall. I've never been up that way. The ridge is the one above with trees.
It's my lucky day as it's not raining and Dawne is with me.
After the steep bit the ridge broadens out. Note for the future there are one or two suitable camping spots here.
The summit plateau is very icy and seeing as we brought them we put on our crampons.
I picked up a new rucksack in the sales. £40 instead of £80. Seems ok but I find the opening a bit narrow. Dawne is also modelling the new Iliam Berghaus down jacket. Yes I know I don't usually buy Berghaus, but they are ahead of the game at the moment as the down is waterproof hydrodown. I expect more garments will be copying these soon.
Greg also put on his new jacket as it was bloody cold.
The return route along the edge of the corries.
Down the gill to the car.
Booths was visited and cappuccinos were drunk.