A day out with an old friend

I met up with Chris at Grisedale Bridge. I’d not seen Chris for number of years and it was good to catch up.

We headed up Grisedale and the plan for the day was for Chris to solo a grade I/II gully on Tarn Crag while I ascended on the path around to the top of Dollywaggon Pike.

Chris on his way to the start of his climb
Chris on his way to the start of his climb

The weather was perfect. Almost no wind, blue skies and sunshine. There was some quite deep snow at times and I ended up to my waist on one occasion.

Grisedale Tarn
Grisedale Tarn

At the top of Tarn Crag I met up with Chris, who had enjoyed his climb.

We carried on up to the summit of Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Cove and finally to the summit for a bite to eat.

Approaching the summit of Helvellyn
Approaching the summit of Helvellyn

And then it was down Swirral Edge before dropping down to Red Tarn and then back to the car, but not before watching the local Mountain Rescue team and a RAF Sea King fly around and winch a person or two from some gully on Helvellyn.

Coming down Swirral Edge
Coming down Swirral Edge
Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond
Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond

I think we both thoroughly enjoyed the day, I look forward to the next one.

Wainwrights to go (round two): 208

4 thoughts on “A day out with an old friend”

  1. Round two has commenced before round one completed! Round one is due to be completed next weekend…..Great Borne, Starling Dod, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks. It’ll be a long walk and an early start. Fancy coming along?

  2. Ah, I see!

    Umm, next weekend is the Langdale Pudding race – so Saturday is already well covered, and Sunday will involve aching leg muscles I’m sure! So sorry, we may have to wait to help you complete your 2nd round… Maybe we can arrange for it to finish in the summer months?

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