It was strange but familiar being south of the border. Nearly two years since the last visit, tsk tsk. We were very fortunate that a friend on Outdoorsmagic had arranged the accommodation (and the eating arrangements) for the weekend staying at the Bury Jubilee Centre at Greenside meaning the walk in was substantially shorter - result.
The weather was as ever not what we ordered but certainly paid a significant part in the days adventure. With forecasted gusts of 70mph doing Helvellyn by the edges just wasn't on the cards. Catstycam was the chosen destination so off we went.
Yes it was a tad blowy as we headed up the path but it wasn't until we reached the eastern ridge that we started feeling some of the force of the gusts. It gave a whole new meaning to the statement "BRACE, BRACE"!!!! This should be a really easy gentle stroll up the slopes to the top but we spent most of our time trying to remain upright. No summit photos for this hill as we were too busy crawling back down. Kirstin and Steve did manage a very impressive flying display at one point. Thing was we were all still giggling away during our severe buffeting as Geoff Monk would say.
|Helvellyn & the Edges|
|The nice easy ridge that was a tad windy|
|The as near to the summit shot as we could get|
|Steve & Kirstin where they landed after being taken for wee blow|
|Steve sky diving|
|White horses on Red Tarn|
De-brief in the bunkhouse later revealed that we had 2 hat casualties and a varied bruise collection from how we had a hit the deck at some point. Great to be out :-)