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Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam


Postby blanchie » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:45 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Catstyecam, Helvellyn

Hewitts included on this walk: Catstyecam, Helvellyn

Date walked: 12/02/2011

Time taken: 5

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 969m

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After a monster night out in Windermere we set out with an unsteady gait to teeter on the rocks of Striding Edge. Good idea? Maybe not.

The weather came and went with some rain, snow and then cleared up whilst having lunch on Helvellyn.

This has got to be one of my favourite walks and, despite the crowds on Saturday, it was thoroughly enjoyable. We waited for a crowd-free pocket and then strode out, edgily, making sure we made footfall on every single mini peak! It was huge fun.

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Striding Edge


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Striding Edge - Help!!!


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Striding Edge - Heroes
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blanchie
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Re: Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Postby tango » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:30 pm

Nice photos, :D have you anymore ??
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Re: Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Postby Derek T » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:11 pm

Great pics!

Striding Edge was one of my favourite walks for last year. It was my first ever attempt at an arete so was really satisfying.

Did the chimney at the far end catch you out or were you expecting it?

Derek
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Re: Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Postby blanchie » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:23 pm

Derek T. wrote:Great pics!

Striding Edge was one of my favourite walks for last year. It was my first ever attempt at an arete so was really satisfying.

Did the chimney at the far end catch you out or were you expecting it?

Derek


No, I'd done it before and warned the others. We were descending above some guy with really long legs, and could not follow him! I found another route off which was fine.
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Re: Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Postby blanchie » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:24 pm

tango wrote:Nice photos, :D have you anymore ??


My photos weren't great, but Nick had a proper camera. I'll get some more off him.
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Re: Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam

Postby icemandan » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:33 pm

Always think it's a pity that Catstycam which has the only proper top in the Helvellyns is lower than Helvellyn - which is like Bradgate Park on top. Then again it keeps the crowds away.
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