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Helvellyn - Mattys first mountain
by MarkyMark10 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:31 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Helvellyn
Hewitts included on this walk: Helvellyn
Date walked: 23/08/2012
Time taken: 5
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 350m3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Arrived at 08:45am at the Whythburn car park next to the south bank of Thirlmere to find we were only the second car there. To think I was worried about parking. Weather was overcast and raining slightly but spirits were high for the walk ahead and hoping for a clear summit.
Initial climb through the woods and onto Helvellyn is quite steep and took my breath away but didn’t slow down the young one.
Hurry Up Dad “Is that the Summit?”
Much fun was had on the way up through Comb Gill and climbing up Comb Crag with false summits claims. “Is that the top Dad?” – Nope I said with much delight on a number of occasions. However this is such a lovely flattish bit after the hard work at the start of the walk to recover before the climb up Comb Crag.
Finally we reached the split in the path between Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike.
Here we got a fantastic view of Striding Edge. Always looks daunting from here but one day I hope to follow that route – Maybe when he’s older.
One last pull to the top past the sheep and we made it and the summit.
Pose for picture above Swirral Edge and Red Tarn.
Stones placed on Cairn, Sandwiches eaten in shelter and photo at Trig point. All ticked off just as mist descended.
Helvellyn conquered so we headed off down the long stepped path to Swirls Car Park.
However, on the way down I suffered a boot malfunction. My sole started to come away at the toe and then fell off completely.
This made climbing down the damp steps very treacherous and fell a number of times.
In the end I ripped out the hard plastic inner sole and walked down with just the Gore-Tex inner and socks protecting my feet which was a bit sore at times and made it slow going.
At the bottom we admired the waterfalls before the 2 mile walk back to the car through the forest.
Even saw a red squirrel which made up for my sore left foot.
All in all a good day on Hellvellyn and Matty bagged his first Wainwright. Next he wants to do Scafell Pike (good ambition) but first I need to get some new boots.
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:46 pm
Great to see you getting back to the hills with your boy with you. As for the boot malfunction it puts my soggy foot on Snowdon into perspective. Oh and congrats to Matty
by ChrisW » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:32 pm
by MarkyMark10 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:09 pm
ChrisW wrote:Great report MM, your lad looks less happy at the top....was he worn out shame about the boot, never seen that happen before but at least you made it home injury free and with a good excuse to get down to the local trekking shop
Matty was very cold at the summit. He had loads of layers but I had forgotten gloves and his hands were freezing. For some reason I had hoped gloves werent necessary in the British Summer http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/posting.php?mode=quote&f=16&p=154190#
My boots leaked on Consiton Old Man and I guess that meybe weakened the glue in my boots. So glad this didnt happen on the way up. Like you say though its a good chance to get some new ones. How are the Scapas going JohnKay?
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:37 pm
MarkyMark10 wrote:My boots leaked on Consiton Old Man and I guess that meybe weakened the glue in my boots. So glad this didnt happen on the way up. Like you say though its a good chance to get some new ones. How are the Scapas going JohnKay?
Spot on. 54k and 4000meters of ascent so far and already worn in nicely.
by garyhortop » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:08 pm
by Ibex » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:35 pm
Its nice to see people take their young children up the mountains. Hopefully they will love the experiences and go on to become the next generation of mountain walkers.
If I ever have a child I will make sure I take them up into the mountains. Glad to see your lad enjoyed it so much!