i asked Pete if he wanted to come, NOT A CHANCE was the reply! Haha
Having arrived at Thirlmere swirls car park, not a single car was there! clear blue sky , no sign of a cloud inversion, BUT a heavy frost covered the ground that did not clear all day!
Note all images shot hand held as wind was too strong to stand upright, let alone use a tripod! Haha
I started climbing up the Helvellyn Gill track. looking back to Thirlmere took this shot. Frosty!
Turning around to look up the Gill!
Climbing up the steep icy rocky path i was rewarded with better views looking down on Thirlmere and Raven crag , the rocky outcrop over to the left in the image!
Upon gaining height rapidly i noticed the clouds building over to the left down the lake, i took this shot with 70-300 is
From this point the path steeply climbs up to Browncove crags. Sorry for rubbish pic! lol
I'm heading to the top!!
From near the top, a Cairn with a great view!
From this point the rocky outcrop of Browncove crags became evident! steep!
Turning around the corner i get a view over to the far fells behind Thirlmere, and the beginning of a cloud inversion! Ya !
Another Cairn near the top of Browncove crag! who builds these? Great view!
Over the top of Browncove Crags i got my first view of the cloud inversion, and the sideways wind that nearly blew me over!!!! More than once! it was at this point i was thinking "WTF" am i doing here today!!!!
It was really blowing all the way across the top plateau to the summit !
But look at the view! Wow!
From this point the path levels out along a plateau towards the summit of Helvellyn :)
But in very strong winds it was difficult staying on my feet! Lol
Yes it was very cold but didn't feel it.
Finally yet another summit Cairn :) with cloud inversion behind! Ya!
Like standing on top of the world above the clouds ! WOW!
And turning around to look at the way i have just walked! it appears to be beautiful weather conditions , BUT wasn't actually! with a lone walker in red! Haha
A panorama shot taken from nearer the summit!
Looking over to left from this image gave a good view of the cloud inversion .
A little further walk towards the summit trig point , yet another cairn! (Pile of rocks! )
Cloud inversion! A truly amazing site to see!
I Finally got to the Trig point after about 2 hours 10 mins ish Ya! turning around looking down Ullswater , a clear view for miles!
And Looking to the right ! A good view of "High Street" the long straight mountain range in the centre of the image which has a roman road across the top!!!!
Turning to the right once more, a view of Fairfield (i think) inside the cloud inversion!
and a view of Nethermost pike
After a 15 minute rest in the shelter out of the wind, along with 5 other mad people and 2 dogs! Haha ! my fingers were starting to get very cold! could not move them actually!!!!!!!!!!
so much for neoprene thermal gloves!!!!!!!!
The fell top assessor recorded -11.9 degrees windchill and 39mph wind speed at 11.30am LOL
Having filled my memory card AND finding no spare! ARGH!!!!
i managed to delete enough frames to shoot a series of panoramas , Extremely hard shooting these handheld in very strong wind! so they are not aligned as well as they should have been if tripod used!
l to r , Swirral edge and Catstye Cam ,Ullswater,Highstreet,Fairfield,Nevermost/Dollywagon pikes.just !
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Looking back towards the trig point!
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What a morning i had, amazing views and a great hard walk !
cant wait to get up in the mountains again! makes a great change from shooting macro all the time!
Snowdon next week perhaps :)
One last view of Thirlmere from the top of Browncove crags!
before the long hard decent down the icy path!!!!!! a few more people climbing up the steep path now!
Total trip time 3 hrs 29 mins , 4.87 miles, max height gained 3117 ft
I will say again! Cant wait to climb the mountains again! Haha
All images shot with canon 5d2 and 17-40L + 70-300is