Went for a walk yesterday (pic heavy)
Top class. Enjoyed that. I remember a day out on Striding (no snow so without winter gear) except of course what remains of those cornices can hang around for a long time. There were some substantial and solid steps kicked in though so only minor dramas getting onto the plateau.Posted 4 years ago
scuttler – I quite fancied going up Striding Edge but the missus was a bit nervous, and as I’d not tried the Kahtoola Spikes before I thought it might be best to go for an easier option. Probably would have been fine though.
Coming down Swirral Edge felt pretty alpine and exciting anyway having not done much stuff like this for a good while.
I’ve climbed up onto the summit ridge in winter before and getting over the cornice was terrifying!
The snow cave is so cool, never done that, envious in a positive way.
We were trying to work out if people had been bivvying in there. it seemed a bit small to sleep in but would have been pretty cosy. There was another smaller one a bit further on.Posted 4 years ago
Decided to try and make the most of the last of the snow in the Lakes, and we were really glad we did – beautiful day to be up in the hills. I’d read the Lake District felltop assessor’s report and it sounded like there was still a lot of snow, but we were sceptical driving up there as there was really very little around in general (apart from the big drifts piled up on the sides of the road on Kirkstone Pass).
Coming down into Patterdale though we got some glimpses of a very alpine-looking Helvellyn off to the left, and started to get a bit excited. Not really done any winter walking/scrambling for a while.
We set off from Glenridding up past the Youth Hostel/Ski Club hut at Greenside, heading for the path up to Whiteside Bank.
A couple of stiff bits of uphill to get to the top of Whiteside Bank, then Lower Man, and we were on the main summit ridge.
Some impressive cornices on the summit ridge, especially for mid-April in England!
Stopped for a brew in a little snow cave someone had dug on the summit – very cosy inside with a nice little seat shelf cut out.
Striding Edge was looking very alpine but we thought Swirral Edge probably a better bet for descending.
We put our spikes on as the top section was still quite compacted and icy in places – and we were glad we did – the snow was melting and going slushy pretty quickly up there though.
My girlfriend had proper crampons but having just got some new non crampon compatible boots I was just using Kahtoola Micro Spikes, but they performed really well. Dead easy to get on and off and very small and light to carry – not sure what they’d be like if it was really icy or on steeper ground.
Striding Edge in profile.
We were nearly down at about 5pm and met a couple going the other way with skis, catching the last few hours of sunshine, amazing really to be able to do that.
We polished off the last few section back down to the car then drove home via the Eagle and Child in Staveley for massive portions of fish and chips and deep fried risotto cakes, washed down with Loweswater Gold. Mmmmmm……
All in all a superb trip out – definitely one of those ‘glad to be alive’ days and incredible conditions for April in England. For reasons I’ve gone on about endlessly on here before it still feels very special to me to be able to do stuff like this. Hope you enjoy the pics.Posted 4 years ago
Great shots Grum, thanks for sharing. I am very envious.
Probably the correct choices on Striding if you did not have full crampons. But it is interesting how many accidents happen on Swirral as people expect it to be easier to descend. That steep first section often catches people out.
Your great photos still have me itching to try to ski the East face, but top looked steep! But the road photos at the start brings back more painful memories of the latter parts of Helvellyn tri!!!
Do you live in the Lakes?
Edit for second look: Little gully on the side of the exit slope of Striding looks interesting. I haven’t noticed that one before.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers THM, yup the first bit on Swirral made me slightly anxious but I had to act confident for my GF’s sake. 🙂 – would have been more intimidating if it was a bit icier (as it probably was first thing).
I could see some tracks where people had been skiing down into brown cove but I couldn’t see any obvious ones down towards red tarn. And yes that gully does look interesting. One day I will manage to lug my board up there (probably on a day the ski tow on Raise is open).
I don’t live in the Lakes but I’m not too far away. Glenridding is about an hour’s drive for me.
Ta. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I was inspired in my youth of tales of Ivan Waller jumping the cornice and skiing the East face. I have seen YT clips and watched it once “live” when the skier abseiled off the trig point down the first 30m or so. Looks like two or three hairy turns to start and then just a steep slope. One day perhaps?
I have backed off Swirral twice in Winter and actually gone down Striding both times!!! That first bit can be a scary slab of sheet ice.
You take great shots!Posted 4 years agofreeridenickMember
Looks like it was skied on or around the 1st april from this picture. cornice not to big either…Posted 4 years ago
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