Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Sunday 14 April - Helvellyn

First wild camp for some time. Lights out: 9pm. Wake up at 7am. Lie in for an hour whilst Sue sleeps on. Very comfy.

Tea on. Muesli bars ready. Breakfast is quick. Pack up in the tent as it's windy and cold (minus 3°C) outside.

Away by 9.15. Soon up to Grisedale Hause. Pass various groups. Three tents at the eastern end of Grisedale Tarn. They are having a really long lie in.

Slow plod takes us over Dollywagon Pike, High Crag and Nethermost Pike. Easy stroll from there to reach Helvellyn's summit at 11.30, where we find a sheltered spot to brew up and chat to an assortment of folk. One man arrives shirtless. It must be about minus 20°C with wind chill.

Move on and soon lose the crowds. Traverse over Lower Man and White Side. Very windy here. Sue gets sprayed with grit by a mini tornado, then gets blown over. Bent walking pole and bruised leg.

Decide to change planned route over Raise and Sheffield Pike. Take the easy path above Keppel Cove to Glenridding Common, where a sheltered spot for lunch and another brew is found.

Switch to the south side of the Glenridding valley above the youth hostel, then enjoy the contouring path before rising above Lanty's Tarn then dropping into Grisedale. Reach Patterdale at 3.45.

Tea and cake with Marian, and a minor gear review, focusing on sleeping mats.

Back to Manchester, an easy journey. Stop at Jitrada Thai restaurant in Sale. Nice meal.

Gear testing deemed a success, though dry conditions limited the extent of testing.

Route description and more photos to follow.


AlanR said...

Hope it wasn’t a bent Pacer Pole. Look forward to seeing your photos.

Phreerunner said...

Photos may be tomorrow Alan, as it's a Dot's eye then Jazz day today. Both my Pacer Poles have needed replacement sections - they were very efficient at sending them. Sue's is a Leki - "I'll get JJ round to straighten it" she said...

Sir Hugh said...

When I broke a Leki pole descending from Creag a Maihdie it just snapped, and although I was not pleased it made a sort of satisfying noise like a mini rifle going off. I hope Sue is Ok after that. I now use Black Diamond with the Flick Lock system and they never collapse on me. I think the twist lock is a design disaster because if you get the pole stuck behind you the natural tendency is to twist it, et voilà...

Phreerunner said...

Sue's pole is just bent. I'm sure it can be easily mended or replaced.
We've been using these poles for so long that we've got used to the foibles of the twist lock system, though my back up poles bought in Canada have a different system.

afootinthehills said...

Sir Hugh - When Pacer Poles get stuck behind I find that because of the way the handle is gripped, the tendency is just to pull. I’ve never had a twist lock fail on these poles but both my three year old Lekis failed completely a few days ago.

AlanR said...

Just for the record on twist lock poles. I went into the shop I bought a pair from and said that they have a tendency to drop under pressure. He agreed and told me to get some coarse sandpaper and rough up the nylon locking ferrule. I did this and have since had no problem. Just watch, now that I’ve said it, they will fail again.

afootinthehills said...

Useful information, as usual, Alan. I’ll give that a try. Thanks.