Monday, 12 November 2012

Helvelyn,Nethermost pike and Dollywaggon 0ct 21 2012

Another day in the mountains, i set off for the lakes with no real idea where to climb, but Helvelyn always seems to appeal to me.  so i decided as it was looking a sunny day for a change and the possible chance of a cloud inversion i decided Helvelyn was to place to go. driving through Windermere and through Rydal & Grasmere it was thick fog, a cloud inversion was a good possibility.  i parked at the swirls car park at Thirlmere and started climbing up the Gill path.

                  early morning mistiness with sun just hitting Blencathra in the distance.

                            climbing higher and looking back down the mist is building :)

       using 300mm lens to show the dramatic mini cloud inversion building over st johns in the vale.

         the full view :)  amazing standing here watching it building and flowing into/over thirlmere!

i am seeing some very atmospheric conditions , taking loads of images as i climb steadily upwards:)
zooming in on Thirlmere , the colours are starting to look good.

as i climb to the top of the crags i get my first view towards the Coniston fells, unfortunately no cloud inversion but the low mist looks wonderful.

 a "sun dog"  Yay!   rainbow in sunlight :)

                                                   a wonderful panorama, view LARGE

       Looking down Swirral edge with a superb looking sky:)   a great day to be up in the mountains.

      i cant believe there are no other people up here yet on a beautiful day like this! i guess it will be packed up here later :)     the summit cairn on Helvelyn.

                              looking the opposite direction towards langdales and coniston fells.                                                                       view LARGE

 heading across to the summit ,a view of Red tarn from Helvelyn with Swirral edge on the left, Striding edge just visible over to the right.

       i am at the summit, only 2 other people here and two just coming up swirral edge onto the top,             Looking towards Nethermost pike and Dollywagon ,on the left.   my next destinations :)

 i have made my way across to Nethermost pike, i think this is the summit but not too sure  lol
but who cares, its wonderful up here today :D

                                                         Dollywagon ahead, i think  lol

                                    i am on the tongue now on Dollywagon summit What a view!

           looking back towards Nethermost pike top right corner. sitting in the warm sun eating lunch

                               i can just make out Windermere  through the mist :)

                Looking back towards Nethermost pike and Helvelyn where i have just walked from :)

  i have started walking back towards Helvelyn now , using 300mm lens to show Harrop Tarn across  Thirlmere.

                                           stunning views today and great big skies :D

 Thirlmere in view now, what a day it has been up here.  i will take a drive round Thirlmere later to shoot some of the autumn colours :)

                               The autumn colours are looking fabulous now in the sun

                that is the end of a great mornings climb , of to drive around Thirlmere now :)


  1. Lovely expansive landscapes, Phil. I particularly like the misty, atmospheric vistas :-)

  2. Thanks Tracey, it was an impressive sight :)

  3. Great views! see - the sun does shine sometimes! I was on Yewbarrow that day and also had lunch in the sunshine. Hard to believe within about two weeks I was on Helvellyn in snow!!
    Glad you got such good views :-)

  4. ooooh those views are truly breathtaking... You certainly are Mr Adventure. Great that you always get out and about!
    Stunning shots.

  5. Cracking photos Phil, I was up last Monday in full snow and rain. If you go just beyond swirls car park you can park for free in the old road lay-by and save £7

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