Yes there’s hardly a dearth of blog posts on here revolving around Helvellyn in her lovely winter coat, but today was such a cracking day that it’s an excuse to post a load of blue and white snaps.
I did my stock Lake District mountain fix, getting off the bus at the top of Dunmail Raise then ascending to Grisedale Tarn alongside Raise Beck and up over Dollywaggon and Nethermost Pikes and Helvellyn.
I’ve had classic winter days like this before, but they don’t happen very often. Grisedale Tarn looking stunning:
The mini thermometer on my camera bag almost crept into double figures at this point, but was soon back down to below zero when approaching the summit ridge.
I could have spent rather too much time in amongst the snow patterns in the cornices along the ridge, but can get a little too absorbed with things like this and I’m liable to take one step too far and go straight through them. And I was out for a walk rather than a concentrated photo session.
The stitched shot below is from the top of The Tongue on Dollywaggon looking across to the rest of the walk over High Crag and Nethermost Pike to Helvellyn. It’s over 3 feet long at full size, and you can view a bigger version at http://twitpic.com/8cwffp. View it full size on something bigger than a phone and count the ants on the ridge
The sunlight began to fade as I moved further along the ridge, slinking away beneath an increasing wave of high level cloud over the western Lakes. This often leads to an increase in air movement which chills things down considerably… but still…. not a breath.
The only problem with leaving your winter photography until the end of the day is there isn’t much untouched snow to work with! But still, as earlier cornice photography and judging where the real edge is can be a dodgy business no matter how many times you’ve wandered a ridge…
As an ex fellrunner there’s no better way to end a great day in the hills than by tearing down at great speed in deep powder. Not even time for a post walk pint! But a grand day out