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Helvellyn mountain is one of the most beautiful in the English Lake District. At 950 metres (3,117 ft) above sea level, it is the third highest peak in both the Lake District and England. It is also noted for the famous ‘Striding Edge’ – a sharp ridge leading up to the mountain – slippery and dangerous, several have fallen off and plunged several hundred feet to their deaths.

It had been several years since I last ascended Helvellyn and I wanted to get up there again – so with several friends from work we decided to tackle it. Conditions were favourable but quite windy – in fact it was blowing quite hard on Striding Edge and several sections had to be traversed by at least oneΒ of usΒ on our hands and knees, fearing quite literally, for our lives! But looking down to the floor several hundred feet below it was no wonder, one false step and it would be all over!

The views from the top were spectacular, with a magnificent panorama of the lake District in it’s full glory!

We descended via Swirrel Edge and visited the very cold waters of Red Tarn, perched half way down (or up) the mountain. The return journey seemed never ending and I was quite glad to be back at the car. Over all a superb day in the mountains! A big thanks to Alice, Mark, Carl and Richard for a great day.

Note: during this trip I ‘smacked’ the Pentax on a rock – knocking the focusing mechanism and exposure meter. I took about 150 shots, unfortunately most were out of focus – these were the only ones salvagable – I didn’t realise until I got back. This is where the name ‘smacked Pentax’ comes from.

Glenrydding - the start of the walk

Glenrydding – the start of the walk

Glenrydding

Glenrydding

Glenrydding

Glenrydding

Ullswater

Ullswater

On the way...

On the way…

Ever onwards

Ever onwards

First view of Helvellyn

First view of Helvellyn

Red Tarn and the start of Striding Edge

Red Tarn and the start of Striding Edge

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This is what it is all about...

This is what it is all about…

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A bit of mist on Striding Edge

A bit of mist on Striding Edge

A tad windy on Striding Edge

A tad windy on Striding Edge

Sheltering from the wind on Striding Edge

Sheltering from the wind on Striding Edge

On the way up Helvellyn

On the way up Helvellyn

Yours truly in the red buff

Yours truly in the red buff

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Striding Edge

Striding Edge

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Swirrel Edge

Swirrel Edge

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Red Tarn

Red Tarn

Looking back...

Looking back…

The long walk home

The long walk home

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