Ascent of Helvellyn on 2017-06-16

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Friday, June 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3117 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed this 3rd highest peak in England while vacationing in the Lake District, up Striding Edge and down Swirrel Edge. Photos available in Google images show fun ridges. We were in a dense cloud and heavy mist and cold wind while (whilst?) on the ridges. It was fun but we missed the view and couldn't see more than 20 feet most of the time. Not much sense of exposure when you can't see very far. It was wetter and more slippery on our descent. Started at Glenridding and did a figure-8 route, which seems to be standard. Nice way to do it to vary the view--we had good visibility when below the cloud. Met some Brits, Ben and Ian, and had fun talking to them along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 914 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Very thick clouds/heavy mist
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Start Trailhead:117 ft / 35 m
Descent Statistics

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