Peak(s):  Helvellyn - 3,117 feet
Post Date:  06/09/2013
Date Climbed:   03/25/2013
Posted By:  pvnisher

 Helvellyn, Cumbria, UK, winter mixed climbing   

Here's a video report of climbing Helvellyn in England's Lake District (Cumbria). It has a relatively modest elevation (3117'), but even so is the third-highest in England.
Route was up Brown Cove Crag, a Scottish Winter Grade III route (~WI2+).
There was a lot of ice down at the bottom, but I didn't get a ton of footage since I assumed it would get better as we went up.
Unfortunately, the snow increased as we went higher, so the ice was buried and it became more of a steep snow climb. Still very nice, though.
Then my helmet cam died, so no footage of the upper bits. I wish that I had been able to film the last pitch. It was all just steep, loose snow, with nowhere to anchor, and each step and ax plunge was basically just packing snow into a platform, but not really hitting anything solid. A little unnerving.

Without further ado, the video:

And a few stills, but I didn't really do much photographing, if was very cold.

Brown Cove Crag

Nick on an easy ice step


Nick and Pvnisher on summit

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Nice report     06/10/2013 17:32
Really enjoyed your pics and video, great to see stuff from other parts of the globe Looks like a nippy day!

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