Winter Skills on Helvellyn

On the way down over Raise

Last Sunday I was up early to meet Joe and his large group of 14 people in Glenridding for a day looking at winter skills, ice axe arrest, and a wintry scramble up Swirral Edge to the summit of Helvellyn. The forecast wasn’t great, but it could have been worse, and in the end it was actually not that bad with a fair few spells of clearish weather to give the clients the odd spectacular views of Lakeland in winter.

Getting ready and sharing our ice axes and stiff winter boots for the clients
Practising ice axe arrest skills before climbing on to Helvellyn
The gang at the summit trig point of Helvellyn

Unsurprisingly Laetitia didn’t want to get up before the sun and join us on Helvellyn. Although to be honest I think Zac would have struggled with the conditions! So while I was working and playing in the snow Laetitia and Zac went off to Keswick and took in a scenic short walk around and near Derwent Water…

Meanwhile Laetitia and Zac went for a pleasant walk around Derwent Water and Keswick

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