Red Tarn, Helvellyn

Red Tarn face , Helvellyn looking good

Red Tarn face , Helvellyn looking good

After a week of good weather working with a Primary School group at Derwent Hill Centre I was itching to investigate the snow on the Lakeland Hills, After some jobs in town this morning I had a late start from Glenridding and Headed up to Helvellyn. The east facing corries on this range are holding good quantities of snow, much more than anywhere else. Cresting the moraines by Red Tarn brought a very encouraging view, al the gullies and grooves full of snow and ice and a pretty big cornice in fact very big for the Lakes. It was also apparent it was likely to be a good time to ski the headwall, but I hadn’t thought of that option this morning.

Kerrie heading down Swirral Edge

Kerrie heading down Swirral Edge

As I was behind the normal start V Corner was well iced and free so I cruised up enjoying the good ice and perfect neve, a quick bit of food on the top and back round to Wall & Ramp climb with was now free. Again good ice and snow led upwards but this time to the largest part of the cornice but a rising traverse right led to a ‘no heroics’ exit. Just as I was taking some photos at the top of Swirral edge long time friends Kerrie and James came by. They had a day free of parenting duties and had hit a bit of a jackpot. So it was a social-able descent of Swirral Edge and walk back to the valley. Didn’t get back in time for the start of the England vs Ireland match but had set the TV recorder. good game and good result from my perspective.