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Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn


Postby Guinessman » Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:26 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Helvellyn

Hewitts included on this walk: Helvellyn

Date walked: 28/02/2016

Time taken: 6

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After being on Scafell Pike on 25/02/2016 and the chance to don crampons I went over to the Lakes again yesterday as the forecast looked good and picture's I,d seen from various websites suggested Swirral edge was in good nick. Parked in Glenridding and took the rough road up to the YH. from there the path goes to Red tarn and from that path I took the track going up the shoulder of Catstyecam. The snow was stripped bear on the ridge of Catstyecam and I continued along to Swirral edge stopping halfway along to put the crampons on and get the ice axe out. Swift progress was made to the exit slope which is about 70 feet from the last rock outcrop at an angle of around 60 degrees. Plenty of people have been this way over the winter and there were lots of steps in the ice forming terraces. Got to the top and went over to Helvellyn summit for a stop. By now it was only 11.30am and too early to go down. I kept the crampons on as the tops were icy and walked via the corrie edges onto Nethermost and Dollywagon pikes, removing the crampons halfway along as the snow cover became a bit sparse. I then returned via the Helvellyn highway to Helvellyn top. I had considered going back via Striding edge but queues were forming at various points , so I walked along to Lower man, and put the crampons back on to the descent to the zig zags and continued back to Glenridding. For about 4 or 500 feet of the top of the zig zag path the snow was soft and I would say skis would have been useful. A great day, unfortunately I would say there wont be many left in the Lakes.




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Re: Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Postby dav2930 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:51 pm

Nice one GM, great photos. :clap: Catstyecam's a fine peak and an excellent prelude (or postlude) to Swirral Edge. Looked like a decent enough amount of snow left up there. I don't blame you for avoiding the return by Striding Edge - the queues of folk coming the opposite way can be quite frustrating, as Karl and me found last time we did the circuit. :roll:
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Re: Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Postby Guinessman » Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:20 pm

Thanks for that Dav, there's plenty of snow on the Eastern side at the minute, though don't know how long that will last.

When I looked at Striding edge there were queues of 7/8 people standing waiting at various points. It will keep for another day
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Re: Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:47 pm

Beautiful shots GM, no wonder people were queuing up in places, the lakes always look so much more inviting with a bit of snow cover, in fact I think all mountains do :clap:
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Re: Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Postby Guinessman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:14 pm

Thanks for that Chris, my photography IMHO is certainly better in the winter months
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Re: Catstyecam, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Postby ancancha » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:20 pm

That looks like a lot of fun 8)
Snowy ridge looks great in the photos :clap:
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