A day on Helvellyn with two aspiring scramblers began at the base of Mires Beck, next to Glenridding campsite . It was a steep but beautiful ascent, with clear visibilty and amazing views. The aim of the day was to give Gemma and Ross confidence to become independant and more adventurous scramblers. Striding Edge came into view, the higher we ascended, cutting through the atmosphere like a knife. The steep sides falling away to each side.
The summit stands at 949m and the views over the Lake District were stunning, but for Gemma the worst was still to come, the descent, where her knee gave her the greatest discomfort, but she was well prepared with walking poles, a knee support and Ibuprofen, or Vitamin I as it is known to ageing climbers – me included! We took our time, spotted Gemma when necessary, admired the view and let her move at her own pace. The descent went well and we actually moved at a good pace. We were soon in The Ramblers Arms enjoying deliciously cool pints of local cider, reliving the day and planning their next adventure – Crib Goch in North Wales. Watch this space!