>The classic horseshoe round of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge was our option for a ‘short sprint’ in the hills.
Weather conditions were not so kind to us on Sunday, heavy snow showers and gusty winds made for an atmospheric start along Striding Edge, not to mention the deafening noise of a Seaking helicopter hovering somewhere in the mist below us. We later discovered a walker had slipped and fallen from Striding Edge, dislocating their shoulder. Luckily for them an MRT team and SAR helicopter were on routine training exercises close by and he was quickly plucked from the fellside.
Snow conditions on Helvellyn were some of the best (or worst depending on your point of view) that I have seen in years, consolidated snow-ice made for speedy work along the ridge, in fact it felt more alpine than lakeland. For Dan, it was his first time on Striding Edge, you could not have asked for a better introduction.
Descending Swirral Edge we caught sight of some pretty sizeable avalanche debris in Brown Cove, it is not too often that you see that these days. The same cannot be said of the sheer number of wreckless idiots we saw this weekend with no proper equipment whatsoever, grumble over!