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A Grand day out on Helvellyn

Parking near Swirls on the A591 (as far as you can drive from Keswick end) I set off up the path towards Browncove Crags. I caught up with a local man - Graham a retired lecturer from Blindcrake and we chatted about the feeling of release we were having being out on the fell and it not raining.As we climbed, the cloud started to lift.

We parted company at the top of Swirral Edge and as I descended the edge, sun began to shine . The snow was soft in the main except for odd patches like the path I climbed around the edge of Browncove.

I chatted to a few happy folk, who all seemed to have that glint in the eye you get when snow and sunshine combine. A party were climbing Viking Buttress on the face in true mixed conditions. 

As I started the climb up Striding Edge the sun started to disappear and on the final climb to the Summit, the snow started to fall. From the summit back to the edge of Browncove I was relying on a compass bearing, as it was true white out conditions.

I could only just see my feet at one point, which some may say is surprising in itself, post Mince pie season. As I came back below the cloud, the snow turned to wet hail but that didn`t matter, it was a great day.
John O

13 January 2016 by John Owens

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