07-09 February 2020 We will spend the weekend in cosy accommodation in the heart of The Lake District and explore the local mountains in their cosy (or cold) winter jackets... This trip will include a winter ascent of Helvellyn, possible by the notorious ridge: Striding Edge! To fully appreciate and enjoy a winter ascent, it is best to be properly prepared for the winter environment - with an early start, good crampon technique and the right equipment all helping to give a truly memorable mountain day. This trip is suitable for anyone, regardless of winter hiking experience - A Full day of winter skills tuition will be provided prior to attempting the hike to the summit of any mountain
Friday (from 6pm) - Meet at Euston train station and make our way to Cumbria in the comfort of the train.
Saturday - A full introduction to what we will be doing before journeying in the local area to the snow line for an introduction to the winter environment, an introduction/revision of ice axe/cramponing skills and the style of mountaineering required for a winter ascent.
Sunday - An early start, to make the most of the day, we will make our way to the summit of Helvellyn. The specific route we take will depend on experience, ability and weather conditions.
We will then make our way back to the train station for a return back to London