14/02/2009 14:46:00

Words by tcsh

Grand Day Out, Helvellyn Tuesday 10th February

Brown Cove

Mick & Nick were out on Helvellyn this week enjoying fantastic winter weather.

'We started the day with the relentlesss uphill slog from Swirls car park, which was very hot and sweaty as the February sun was surprisingly warm.  Add to this the reflection from the snow, we quickly donned our sunglasses and stripped off layers.

We cut off the Helvellyn track and diverted towards Brown Cove Crags, which looked amazing, with a covering in rime ice higher up and two weeks worth of deep snow in the gullies.  All of the routes had climbers on them.

Not being hardcore winter climbers, we decided to solo our way up the broad, open easy gully (ungraded?) on the right of the crag. 20 minutes of hard graft and swearing later and we had reached the top.

At the top of the gully the views were astonishing.  I have rarely seen the Lake District looking so white and wintry, snow covered tops for miles and miles. We wandered on to the summit of Helvellyn from there, and had a quick brew at the summit shelter.  From there we made our way down via Helvellyn Lower Man, and down through a pristine snow bowl towards Brown Cove Crags.