863m. Excellent alpine style expedition to the summit. Often in condition.

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges.

Hidden 31/Mar -
Hidden 31/Mar Solo O/S
chris cockbain 27/Mar Solo

Not in full winter conditions but significant Consolidated snow and ice particularly on upper section. Very windy with horizontal hail adding to the fun

Hidden 27/Mar Solo
dan_o_b 12/Mar -
Hidden 12/Mar Solo
John Nuttall 07/Mar Solo
with Sharon
Sam Hunt 06/Mar Solo O/S
GregJones17 06/Mar Solo

Fantastic Day - Route in great condition, Sun shining start to Finish

with Ed Lewis, Charlie Stewart, Sam Hunt
Rotorslap 06/Mar Solo O/S

Winter/Alpine ascent. Conditions fantastic with clear sky above and beating sun. An hour earlier may have improved conditions for the ice. Doing the route in reverse (Swirral first) would have been better, due to better ground conditions

Tommy Westside 06/Mar Solo
with Josh Parker, Jake Hampshire
John Eley 06/Mar Solo

Lots of snow & blue sky

elewis96 06/Mar -
Hidden 06/Mar Solo
my 06/Mar Solo
Davidwi 05/Mar Solo O/S
Sam W 05/Mar Solo

In descent after climbing at Cock Cove

tanssop 03/Mar Solo
with Philip Oldham
nathan.h90 03/Mar Solo O/S
UKscrambler ?/Mar Solo
joetoad667 ?/Mar Solo
with Brains, Bains
RuthW 28/Feb Solo
crowberry gully 28/Feb Solo
with Ross McGibbon
DSM 28/Feb Solo
Joe.Elliott1 28/Feb -
Hidden 28/Feb Lead rpt
Wendy Watthews 27/Feb Solo O/S
Johnsulli 27/Feb Solo
Hidden 27/Feb -
kingjam 27/Feb -
with Craig Higgins, Matt Naylor
thetradlad 27/Feb Solo O/S
Gav Parker 26/Feb -
Pete Pozman 26/Feb Solo rpt
Ghastlyrabbitfat 25/Feb Solo

Ascent and descent in fine conditions

Gav Parker 23/Feb -
wildbill 23/Feb Solo rpt

After work mission in the dark. No wind. Full moon. Mostly clear sky.

aki9205 19/Feb Solo O/S
crowberry gully 18/Feb Solo

well banked with snow, little rock showing

Hidden 15/Feb Solo
Rory Southworth 15/Feb Solo
with Scott Marc Berry
Hidden 15/Feb Solo O/S
ssnow157 14/Feb -

Great loop along with swirral edge, lovely conditions

with Jack
Jack Whiteley 14/Feb -


with Sarah
mattnuttall 14/Feb -

First winter experience for Hannah.

with Hannah
cas smerdon 14/Feb Solo

Well banked out

with Mark S
Hidden 14/Feb Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Feb Solo
mnorm 13/Feb Solo
Nomes 13/Feb -
with Darren
darrenpp 13/Feb -
with Naomi
alexcummings95 23/Jan Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jan Solo
Hidden 17/Jan Solo rpt
sjbrook 17/Jan Solo rpt

Third winter accent of the edge but felt very different this time with lots of powder and very song wind, much wilder and more serious than first two outings.

with PMC
Keith Lambley 17/Jan Solo
Robbie Blease 16/Jan -
with John
Hidden 16/Jan Solo
stouffer 16/Jan Solo
Hidden 16/Jan -
xusa 16/Jan Solo

With the kmc

IanHope 16/Jan Solo rpt
with John L, John Haxton
alisonlea75 16/Jan Solo
with Stu
Hoyes 16/Jan Solo rpt

Also with Tom. After climbing Stepped Ridge and descending Swirral Edge.

with Alex S
MazElden 16/Jan -
with Graeme
lordyosch 15/Jan Solo

Night climb. Clear, starry sky one third moon.

ht543 15/Jan -
with Ian Copestake, Chris Cope, Krish
stev1e.wilso 15/Jan Solo

Night ascent.

rohai545 15/Jan -
with Helen, Ian Copestake, Chris Cope
danceswithcats 09/Jan Solo

Soft snow, not much ice. Put crampons on for down climb into notch.

John Haxon ?/Jan -
D.botts87 ??/2016 -
ShaneNowakowski ??/2016 -
beeney 15/Mar/15 Solo
Hidden 14/Mar/15 Solo
DSM 07/Mar/15 Solo
gazj1986 07/Mar/15 Solo
Kassius 20/Feb/15 Solo O/S
Julianasb 17/Feb/15 -
edhawk21 17/Feb/15 -
Hidden 14/Feb/15 Solo
Hidden 07/Feb/15 Solo
madguernseyboy 07/Feb/15 -
Wildstyle 07/Feb/15 -
martin one 07/Feb/15 -
Stefan Trebicki 07/Feb/15 -
with Simon Douglas
Hidden 02/Feb/15 -
macca69 02/Feb/15 -
Chris Manasseh 01/Feb/15 -
with Joe Roberts
Matt250 01/Feb/15 -
Hidden 01/Feb/15 Solo
Jenny Hall 31/Jan/15 Solo O/S

Great as a descent windy.

with Louis
Stefan Trebicki 24/Jan/15 -

Sunny until ridge. Snow line 300-400m. 25mph wind, -12C windchill ridge and summit. Traverse decent from Swirral Edge. Took a closer look at the gullys for attempt next time.

Tom.Priestley 22/Jan/15 Solo O/S

From Hellvelyn, Good Condition.

Hidden 21/Jan/15 Solo
Juliankitesurfer 13/Jan/15 Solo
george sewell 04/Jan/15 Solo

some snow and ice , more ice near the top, compacted snow to top of helvellyin. mixed. crampons usefull after halfway point boots before that. misty and windy

Hidden 04/Jan/15 Solo
philgillespie 03/Jan/15 Solo
Lmt ?/Jan/15 -
with Ed
eduardo ?/Jan/15 -
with lout
Hidden ??/2015 -
Gav Parker 30/Dec/14 -
Dave Wearing 30/Dec/14 -
with Gavin Parker
wadawads 29/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Darbo 28/Dec/14 -
Hidden 28/Dec/14 Solo rpt
Hidden 28/Dec/14 Solo
amccann 28/Dec/14 Solo
barney@helmshore 28/Dec/14 Solo

Great weather. Snow soft, crampons worn but not really needed.

with James W
Hidden 28/Dec/14 Solo
Whitters 21/Dec/14 Solo rpt
Hidden 15/Dec/14 Solo O/S
freemanTom 13/Dec/14 -

Snow soft but plenty of it. Managed without crampons but would reduced slippage on rocks.

jimbobted ?/Dec/14 Solo

Blue skies and plenty of snow. Glad of crampons and axe.

mike25350 29/Mar/14 -
y2keable 29/Mar/14 -
with Mike
Adamski1986 23/Mar/14 Solo
Fentonio 23/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with Ben Brady
Hidden 04/Mar/14 Solo
tom_holdsworth 03/Mar/14 Solo
with David Holdsworth
dale.reynolds 02/Mar/14 Solo
with Steve T, Tom P
dakidunn 01/Mar/14 Solo
Hidden 01/Mar/14 Solo
Gav Parker 01/Mar/14 -
Matt Amos 01/Mar/14 Solo
splat2million 01/Mar/14 Solo
Madden 01/Mar/14 Solo
Steve Bartle ?/Mar/14 Solo
Gav Parker 19/Feb/14 -
Hidden 16/Feb/14 -
Hidden 16/Feb/14 Solo
dan100589 16/Feb/14 Solo O/S
leeds_belle 16/Feb/14 Solo O/S
Andrew Lodge 16/Feb/14 Solo

Superb day out, not what we planned but still great

with Tony, Steve
masmith 16/Feb/14 -
Tony Ryland 16/Feb/14 Solo
IanHope 15/Feb/14 Solo
Radioactiveman 10/Feb/14 Solo O/S
DSM 09/Feb/14 Solo

Fell shoes + 2 axes.

adamwesthead 07/Feb/14 Solo rpt

In descent

with Noddy
IainMay 06/Feb/14 Solo O/S
with Alastair Penny, Brian Goodman
Hidden 02/Feb/14 -
Charlotte Nelson ?/Feb/14 -
OllieF 29/Jan/14 -
Wesley Orvis 26/Jan/14 -
Mr Fuller 19/Jan/14 Solo

In descent. Line of greatest resistance!

Mountain Llama 14/Jan/14 Solo
dakidunn 11/Jan/14 -
OllieF 11/Jan/14 -
with Ben
Joe_1102 09/Jan/14 Solo
thedatastream 04/Jan/14 -
with Lorna, Vix
vix 04/Jan/14 Solo

Firs grade I :-)

with Lorna, JP
Richie Torrance 04/Jan/14 Solo

1st winter outing of the year

Montane Moore 04/Jan/14 Solo O/S
Tim Harper 04/Jan/14 Solo
with NTU
ed2204 02/Jan/14 -
Avinash Aujayeb ?/Jan/14 Solo O/S
OllyT ?/Jan/14 Solo
edhawk21 30/Dec/13 -

High winds made it tricky crossing the edge and low visability for a time. ice axe and crampons definately needed for swirrel edge

Treebeard 30/Dec/13 -
Wesley Orvis 29/Dec/13 Solo
Andy Syme 28/Dec/13 Solo

Clear of snow but loads of verglass

with Pete Elliott
alias dave 28/Dec/13 Solo rpt

In reverse as descent.

alias dave 28/Dec/13 Solo O/S
crowberry gully 25/Nov/13 Solo
Mungo Shuntobox 07/Apr/13 Solo O/S
with Lovely Louise
bullybones 07/Apr/13 -
IanHope 06/Apr/13 Solo
dakidunn 06/Apr/13 Solo
victim of mathematics 03/Apr/13 Solo O/S
JulianD 01/Apr/13 Solo
with Nick
Hidden 01/Apr/13 Solo
Hidden 31/Mar/13 Solo
andy gittins 31/Mar/13 Solo

Alpine like traverse of Striding / Swirral - superb morning back for lunch

Hidden 30/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 30/Mar/13 -
Hidden 30/Mar/13 -
Joby 30/Mar/13 Solo O/S

good winter conditions, down Swirrel and up striding.

Hidden 28/Mar/13 Solo
Dark Peak Paul 27/Mar/13 Solo

Descent in full winter mantel

Hidden 16/Mar/13 -
Hidden 21/Feb/13 Solo
Jake463 19/Feb/13 Solo O/S

Not full winter conditions but enough ice and consolidated snow to make crampons essential. More of a glorious airy walk than a scramble though.

Dan Lane 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Hugh Wheeler
Poco Loco 16/Feb/13 -
trish1968 16/Feb/13 Solo

Up swirral edge down striding edge. Only needed crampons for the first half.

GeorgeR 16/Feb/13 Solo

Snow on ridge

with Avon Scouts
Hidden 16/Feb/13 Solo
BenRyle 14/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Faz, Charlottte
CharlotteMilner 14/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with BenRyle
Sam Simpson 10/Feb/13 Solo

Fun bumble along in the edge in white out conditions because we wanted an easy day after the previous days debauchery on scafell.

alias dave 10/Feb/13 Solo
with Sam.EB
Rogue67 09/Feb/13 Solo

Mixed conditions snow on ice, poor visibility but no wind which is always a bonus on the ridge. A great day out.

Tony Hy 09/Feb/13 -
with Ian
Paul Hy 09/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Ian
kirsty52 09/Feb/13 -

just aimed to get up to the edge after my operation so as not to over do it. Went all the way and then up Helvellyn and took the long route down as Swirrel Edge was overload. Walked back in dark with 1 torch between 2 of us..... a grand day out.

with Steve
kirsty52 09/Feb/13 -
Hidden 02/Feb/13 -
sjbrook 02/Feb/13 Solo rpt

Lucy's first winter route, got as much snow slope as possible on head wall.

with Lucy
smithjmw46 26/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden 26/Jan/13 Solo
nickwhimster 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
monsteratt 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
with Tom Sharpe, Dan Fairbank, Nick Whimster, Will Kilner
Hidden 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Cwallace 26/Jan/13 -
Hidden 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jan/13 -
Hidden 20/Jan/13 -
KevB 17/Jan/13 Solo

In descent

Hidden 16/Jan/13 Solo
petegunn 16/Jan/13 Solo
TCarrick 16/Jan/13 Solo
with HVSmith
Hidden 15/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden ??/2013 -
gnospellius ??/2013 -
Avinash Aujayeb ??/2013 -
Ady Gray ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
gfpowell ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 Solo
cymjt ??/2013 -
Stefan Trebicki 21/Dec/12 -
with Liam Brady, Matthew Cunningham
Stefan Trebicki 15/Dec/12 -
jimartin 15/Dec/12 -
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo
Vaughany89 11/Dec/12 Solo
with Francis Charlesworth
Hidden 11/Dec/12 -
Hidden 11/Dec/12 Solo O/S
stevejones1981 08/Dec/12 -

Winds were very strong across Striding Edge, did the exit without cramps, just. Clagged in 10 ft visability and down Swirrel the same.

dasc 05/Dec/12 Solo
Danny Crump 05/Dec/12 Solo
CharlieMack 03/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Dec/12 Solo
Gav Parker 02/Dec/12 -
Goose4 01/Dec/12 -
with Alex Pokhilko
jules1990 01/Dec/12 Solo β


trivett 01/Dec/12 -

Lovely weather!

with Pete Smith, Maddie Sweetman, Matt Squire, Steve ward
KevinJ ?/Dec/12 Solo
with Nige H
Mackinclimb 07/Nov/12 Solo
Ian Hinkins 05/Nov/12 -
with Hal
IanHope 04/Nov/12 -
dakidunn 04/Nov/12 Solo
JP78 ?/Nov/12 -
jimartin 21/Feb/12 -

little snow but cornice significant

Hidden 19/Feb/12 -
Hidden 18/Feb/12 -
Stefan Trebicki 18/Feb/12 -
with Liam Brady
dellboy 18/Feb/12 Solo O/S
droberts 16/Feb/12 Solo
Hidden 15/Feb/12 -
buxtoncoffeelover 13/Feb/12 Solo
freemanTom 12/Feb/12 -
danceswithcats 11/Feb/12 -

coming down. step over cornice at top

steve_hoey 11/Feb/12 -
with Jon Mitchell, Matt Murphy
Wesley Orvis 10/Feb/12 Solo

slushy, wet snow

innesmac 08/Feb/12 -
dakidunn 06/Feb/12 Solo
HarryB 05/Feb/12 Solo
samoliver01 05/Feb/12 -
Katherine Ross 05/Feb/12 Solo

A great ridge! Dramatic scenery and a bit of scrambling, but not scary. Awesome windslab at the end up to the summit.

with Al Docherty, Harry Bloxham
Hidden 05/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 04/Feb/12 -
steveq 04/Feb/12 -
biggianthead 02/Feb/12 -
with G
crowberry gully 02/Feb/12 Solo

excellent icy path along and excellent views

Hidden 02/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Gav Parker 01/Feb/12 Solo
JackM92 ?/Feb/12 Solo

Technically simple but outstanding views over Red Tarn cove. The hardest part was cutting through the summit cornice!

jon59 31/Jan/12 Solo
Frank Atherton 29/Jan/12 Lead

Downclimb from summit into windslab required care

with John Lucy
Hidden 29/Jan/12 Solo
richard s 29/Jan/12 Lead
with Chris Eccles, Paul Eccles, Gill Eccles, Kay Smith
Tim Rodgers 28/Jan/12 Solo


Dave Richards 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S
with PMC
sjbrook 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S
with Dave Richards, PMC
Ragingpossum 28/Jan/12 Solo
Tom Vivian 28/Jan/12 -

Outstanding day, clear skys and no wind. Fresh snow underfoot and no ice, so not slippery. Our decent was via Swirral Edge.

with George Vivian
R_W_M 28/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 27/Jan/12 Solo rpt
petegunn 27/Jan/12 Solo

Had to cut down through the cornice to descend to the ridge. Wind slabby

with Davina
jshields 15/Jan/12 Solo

Hard frost and light ice, deep snow on final section. Up to the summit, down Swirral and onto Catseye Cam. Great outing.

TonyF 15/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 14/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 14/Jan/12 Solo
tobyk 06/Jan/12 -

Brilliant neve snow up to the summit plateau, no wind, well frozen, and very few people about.

with Emma Akam
alooker ?/Jan/12 Solo O/S
georgemax ??/2012 -
kjb ??/2012 -
wildbill ??/2012 Solo rpt
Hidden 20/Dec/11 -
cas smerdon 20/Dec/11 Solo

Both directions

with Mark S
Hidden 20/Dec/11 Solo
Hidden 18/Dec/11 Solo
Adamski1986 18/Dec/11 Solo
with Richard Gage
Mark Dennison 18/Dec/11 Solo

classic winter day

with Dawn
Tightsgirl 18/Dec/11 Solo
with Tom Lawson, Alex Grievson
Theeni 16/Dec/11 Solo O/S
petegunn 11/Dec/11 Solo

Only half way. Descended down from the summit to traverse into Nethermost Gully

with Tom
zebster 11/Dec/11 Solo O/S
with Rick, Adam
Dave Richards 11/Dec/11 Solo O/S
adamwesthead 11/Dec/11 Solo O/S

Not very wintery

with Forshaw, Zeb
Two Cams Tom 11/Dec/11 Solo

Only half way. Descended down from the summit to traverse into Nethermost Gully

Danny Crump 09/Dec/11 Solo
Hidden ?/Dec/11 -
Prez 20/Feb/11 -
with Jayz
Gerlach 20/Feb/11 -
stratandrew 18/Feb/11 Solo
jadias 16/Feb/11 Solo
Stephen Halliday 28/Jan/11 Solo O/S
with John Wilshaw, Tim Akast
Hidden 11/Jan/11 -
jfmchivall 11/Jan/11 -
Hidden 06/Jan/11 Solo
Sophie Nunn 03/Jan/11 -
Hidden 02/Jan/11 -
Ben lad ?/Jan/11 -
with rambo and justin
JamesM ??/2011 -
The Wriggler ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
The Mountain Goat ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Peter Metcalfe ??/2011 -
Sean Kelly ??/2011 -
Kamikaze Badger 30/Dec/10 Solo
David Wynne 29/Dec/10 Solo
jlury 29/Dec/10 Solo
thomas 28/Dec/10 Solo

Striding edge in the biggest thaw for years! Dripping water, Ice disappearing fast! Must have been plus one on the summit, down Swirral edge (more snow on Swirral than striding) back to Patterdale 10K walk, views minimal Tom Shaw

with David Menzies
freemanTom 28/Dec/10 -

Considerably less wintery than Swirral, giving myself the winter tick as part of wintery day including good ice bouldering at Brown Cove Crags.

with Burncool
tom_holdsworth 21/Dec/10 Solo
with Tom Richards
Mwilkins16 20/Dec/10 Solo
with paul lane, stuart lane, jon harrison
Hidden 19/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Mark Dennison 19/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Ice was ok but covered in a layer of powder so hard to tell what was what

Gerlach 18/Dec/10 -
kirstyrichardson 09/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Covered in powder snow, very little ice, white out conditions with strong winds.

with Rob Ford
Hidden 08/Dec/10 Solo
Hidden 05/Dec/10 -
Hidden 04/Dec/10 Solo
Anthony Dixon 03/Dec/10 -
Adamski1986 ?/Dec/10 Solo

Nice day, Quiet for a change, lots of punters in jeans lower down turning back, dog did it.

al jackson ?/Dec/10 Solo
melvin 29/Nov/10 Solo
with Ash Harris
Justin Tracey 28/Nov/10 Solo
Somerset swede basher 28/Nov/10 Solo O/S
with Jon Miles
Nigel Coe 28/Nov/10 Solo
Hidden 27/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Nov/10 -
pffft 27/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Nov/10 Solo O/S
JonnoP 15/Nov/10 Solo
mysterion 01/Nov/10 -

Excellent conditions all the way. Felt pretty sheer at the far left turning on final rise to the summit.

Hidden ?/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/10 Solo
Hidden ?/Nov/10 Solo
henning82 ?/Mar/10 Solo
Foxache 27/Feb/10 Solo β

Ended up rescuing a couple who'd gone up badly equipped and were stuck around 2/3 along.

Hidden 20/Feb/10 -
francois 14/Feb/10 -
with Lorna
Hidden 14/Feb/10 -
LesserTrochanter 13/Feb/10 -

Done whilst wearing flexible summer boots & no crampons. Not for the faint of heart...

waiting for snow ?/Feb/10 Solo
Hidden 31/Jan/10 Solo O/S
petegunn 31/Jan/10 Solo
with Davina
Dave McKechnie 23/Jan/10 -
r_o_b_h2 ?/Jan/10 Solo O/S
mightybobbins ?/Jan/10 -


Caralynh ??/2010 Solo
lithos ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Solo
Hidden 10/Dec/09 Solo O/S
PeteMc ?/Dec/09 Solo O/S
jdgaventa ?/Feb/09 Solo
richardt ?/Feb/09 Solo
Mayaculpa 24/Jan/09 Solo
MikeDowsett ?/Jan/09 Solo
with Kris Scheinkonig
AtRandom ?/Nov/08 Solo O/S
crispy 16/Apr/08 -
with Rach, Don
Hidden ?/Feb/08 -
finter22 19/Jan/08 Solo

Winter scramble with IBFC crew-wrist in plaster cast after snowboard fall!

Mike_Bottom 12/Jan/08 -

first winter ascent - without crampons! complete white out as picture shows! absolutely loved it!

with John Nunn
Hidden ??/2008 Solo O/S
Shaun Spavin 09/Feb/07 Solo

In winter, a great way up to the summit.

PanzerHanzler 17/Feb/06 Solo O/S
johnrich 27/Dec/05 -
DerwentDiluted ?/Jan/05 -
with Nicola Pettit
rlrs ?/Dec/04 Solo
with JR
Hidden 04/Jan/03 Solo
Ander ?/Jan/03 Solo
with Ben
McDuck ?/Jan/03 Solo
with frodo
Stephen Shaw 21/Oct/02 Solo
industrialiceman 09/Feb/02 -
Hidden ?/Feb/00 Solo
crowberry gully 18/Jan/00 Solo
Hidden 26/Mar/99 Solo
samtho ?/Feb/99 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 10/Dec/90 Solo
with Tony (BP), Liz Jolley, Neil Davis
crowberry gully 15/Feb/87 Solo
Pete Pozman ??/1987 -
mikej 10/Feb/85 Solo
with Mike Byles, Rick Naylor, Geoff Williams
Richard Alderton ??/1977 -
Hidden ??/1974 -
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