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Wonderful weather on the Eastern Fells

Wonderful weather on the Eastern Fells

Postby Broggy1 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:55 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Birkhouse Moor, Catstyecam, Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Catstyecam, Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn

Date walked: 27/10/2017

Time taken: 5.3

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1398m

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After weeks of bog trotting in the wind and rain I KNEW I had to get out on Friday for what looked an awesome forecast...particularly as my friend could join me.

Meeting shifted and annual leave it was!

He only goes a couple of times a year and Helvellyn and Striding Edge was on his to do list but I'd convinced him to wait for a really good day to take in the edge and his patience paid off in a big way.

Early enough to avoid the crowds on the edge but a busy summit once we'd done the out and back to the two pikes.

1 St Sunday, Dolywagon and Nethermost.JPG
St Sunday Crag, Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike - look at that sky

2 What a day.JPG
Not a big selfie fan but the weather was so good I felt it was necessary. Lovely and hot here on the ridge

3 Inversion in the North Pennines.JPG
Anybody climbing the Cross Fell group in the Pennines today was having a real treat with a persistent inversion across the Eden Valley

4 Classic Helvellyn from Birkhouse.JPG
Classic Helvellyn from Birkhouse Moor

5 Back to the Np and inversion from BM.JPG
Back to the Pennines again from Birkhouse Moor

Striding Edge - it had been nearly four years since I was last here. It's a great place but I'm glad we were early as you could see queues on it later in the day.

Striding Edge - perfect conditions for it today. Dry rock, hardly any wind.

8 Back to High Spying How.JPG
Looking back to High Spying How

9 Final climb.JPG
Ahead to the final climb from the edge

10 Led on SE.JPG
Johnny Led enjoying his first ridge scramble

11 Led descending chimney.JPG
Here he is tackling the descent down the chimney

Edge from above

13 NP summit.JPG
Nethermost Pike Summit.

I convinced him that while he was up here he may as well do an easy out and back to bag two more Wainwrights.

14 Dollywagon looking down Grizedale.JPG
Dollywaggon summit looking down Grisedale

15 Lakeland.JPG

16 Heading back for Helvellyn.JPG
Heading back for Helvellyn. I was only here last a month ago!

17 Lees Helvellyn.JPG
Patience paid off

18 On Swirral heading for Catstyecam.JPG
Decending Swirral Edge looking to Catstyecam

19 Back up Swirral.JPG
Looking back up Swirral

20 C summit with descent route and Ullswater.JPG
Catstyecam summit and the descent route and Ullswater

A few panos he took as well...

Pano 1.JPG

Pano 2.JPG

Pano 3.JPG
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