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Swirral Edge (WINTER)** I

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[Swirral Edge exit slope., 1 kb]850m. The shorter and slightly easier sibling of Striding Edge. Often in condition. Can be combined with Striding Edge for an excellent alpine style expedition.

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges.

Photo: Swirral Edge exit slope. © McDuck
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 204 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

Descent from the summit. Fair snow cover higher up.
lordyosch - Solo O/S - 29/Mar/14

Adamski1986 - Solo - 23/Mar/14

Darbo - 08/Mar/14

Hidden - Solo - 03/Mar/14

dakidunn - Solo - 01/Mar/14 with Matthew Madden

Gav Parker - 01/Mar/14

Matt Amos - Solo - 01/Mar/14

splat2million - Solo - 01/Mar/14

Gav Parker - 19/Feb/14

leeds_belle - Solo O/S - 16/Feb/14

IanHope - Solo - 15/Feb/14

Climbed with Sam
Radioactiveman - Solo O/S - 10/Feb/14

Fell shoes + 2 axes (v. rapid descent!).
DSM - Solo - 09/Feb/14

Descent.
OllieF - 29/Jan/14

Amazing conditions! Sections of the edge were completely snow covered (no rocks at all). Used in descent.
OllieF - 28/Jan/14

Wesley Orvis - 26/Jan/14

OllieF - Solo - 24/Jan/14 with Jago Miller

Mr Fuller - Solo O/S - 19/Jan/14

Mountain Llama - Solo - 14/Jan/14

dakidunn - 11/Jan/14

Descent
OllieF - 11/Jan/14 with Ben

thedatastream - 04/Jan/14 with Lorna, Vix

Descent from Helvellyn
vix - Solo - 04/Jan/14 with Lorna, JP

Richie Torrance - Solo - 04/Jan/14

Montane Moore - Solo O/S - 04/Jan/14

ed2204 - 02/Jan/14

Avinash1 - Solo O/S - Jan/14

Used as a descent route to get across to striding edge after coming up brown cove crag. Turned around at the start of the edge due to changing weather and daylight (or lack of).
OllieF - Solo - 31/Dec/13

in descent
Wesley Orvis - Solo - 29/Dec/13

alias dave - Solo - 28/Dec/13

edhawk21 - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/13 with Michael Garth

Slightly windy with a few drops of rain in the air!!
petegunn - Solo - 14/Apr/13

bullybones - 07/Apr/13

IanHope - Solo - 06/Apr/13 with mark dunn

In descent
victim of mathematics - Solo O/S - 03/Apr/13

Hidden - Solo - 31/Mar/13

ramraider - 31/Mar/13

alpine like traverse of striding / swirral superb morning out and back for lunch
andy gittins - Solo - 31/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 28/Mar/13

Dark Peak Paul - Solo - 27/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 17/Mar/13

petegunn - Solo - 17/Mar/13 with Ash, Tom, Davina

Two Cams Tom - 17/Mar/13 with Ash, Davina, petegunn

petegunn - Solo - 12/Mar/13 with Will

Gav Parker - Solo - 02/Mar/13

Dave Wearing - 02/Mar/13 with Gavin Parker

In descent and unlike Striding Edge certainly in winter condition as evidenced by the number of people without crampons turning back!
Marq - Solo rpt - 02/Mar/13 with Vicky Lisle

Vicky L - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Marq

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/13

Dan Lane - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Hugh Wheeler

Descent after Striding edge.
Poco Loco - 16/Feb/13

Hidden - 16/Feb/13

Up swirral edge down striding edge
trish1968 - Solo - 16/Feb/13 with Nick Bennett

Decent. Snow on ridge needed crampons on steepest part
GeorgeR - Solo - 16/Feb/13 with Avon Scouts

Hidden - Solo - 16/Feb/13

BenRyle - Solo O/S - 14/Feb/13 with Faz, Charlottte

Sam Simpson - Solo - 10/Feb/13 with Christian Turford

alias dave - Solo O/S - 10/Feb/13 with Sam.EB

Tony Hy - Solo O/S - 09/Feb/13 with Wayne, Ian

In descent.
Dave Richards - Solo O/S - 09/Feb/13

anaesthetic - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/13 with Iain C, John G

sjbrook - Solo rpt - 02/Feb/13 with Lucy

smithjmw46 - Solo - 26/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 26/Jan/13

nickwhimster - Solo O/S - 26/Jan/13

monsteratt - Solo O/S - 26/Jan/13 with Dan Fairbank, Nick Whimster, Will Kilner

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Jan/13

Went with the intention to ascent via Striding Edge, But backed off due to wind and levels of Ice/Snow. Ascent and Descent on Swirral Edge, Amazing views from the top, moonlit as far as the eye could see! iPhones became non functional due to temperatures.
OllieF - Solo - 24/Jan/13 with Jago Miller

Night time descent after coming up gully 2.
Radioactiveman - Solo O/S - 23/Jan/13 with Antony Mottershead ('hobit')

walk off from Red Tarn
Double Knee Bar - Solo - 19/Jan/13

petegunn - Solo - 17/Jan/13 with Davina

Hidden - Solo - 17/Jan/13

petegunn - Solo - 16/Jan/13

TCarrick - Solo - 16/Jan/13 with HVSmith

Hidden - Solo - 15/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Jan/13

Grim conditions with 60mph gusts and -2C with hail! To wear crampons or not....?
Sean Kelly - Solo - 01/Jan/13 with Harold Jepson

lithos - Jan/13

gnospellius - 2013

Avinash1 - 2013

Ady Gray - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - Solo - 2013

cymjt - 2013

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo - 13/Dec/12

In decent
sjbrook - Solo - 11/Dec/12 with Dave Richards

In descent
Dave Richards - Solo O/S - 11/Dec/12 with sjbrook

Down
jules1990 - Solo β - 10/Dec/12 with Nat Norris

Nat norris - Solo - 10/Dec/12 with joss halford

petegunn - 07/Dec/12 with Davina

Hidden - Solo rpt - 07/Dec/12

dasc - Solo - 05/Dec/12 with Paulmitch

Danny Crump - Solo - 05/Dec/12 with Sarah Pentelow

CharlieMack - Solo O/S - 03/Dec/12

Gav Parker - 02/Dec/12

Goose4 - 01/Dec/12 with Alex Pokhilko

Down
jules1990 - Solo - 01/Dec/12 with Daniel Homer

In Decent; the first section had a real alpine feel on the crestof the ridge with blue skys!
trivett - 01/Dec/12 with Pete Smith, Maddie Sweetman, Matt Squire, Steve ward

Ian Hinkins - 05/Nov/12 with Hal

IanHope - Solo - 04/Nov/12

dakidunn - Solo - 04/Nov/12 with Ian Hope

Descent
Jon boy - Solo - 11/Feb/12 with Ben Ward

Descent.
gaz_jones - Solo - 11/Feb/12

Wesley Orvis - 10/Feb/12

We were aiming for Viking Buttress in the mist and ended up on the edge path. Poor show
adamwesthead - AltLd - 09/Feb/12 with Hoult

Descent
Tim Rodgers - Solo - 05/Feb/12 with Rod Molyneux

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/12

Hidden - 04/Feb/12

steveq - 04/Feb/12

petegunn - Solo - 02/Feb/12 with Davina

Hidden - Solo rpt - 02/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo rpt - 02/Feb/12

biggianthead - 02/Feb/12 with G

Gav Parker - Solo - 01/Feb/12

buxtoncoffeelover - Solo - Feb/12

jon59 - Solo - 31/Jan/12

BelleVedere - Solo - 31/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 30/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 29/Jan/12

richard s - Lead - 29/Jan/12 with Chris Eccles, Paul Eccles, Gill Eccles, Kay Smith

Frank Atherton - Lead - 28/Jan/12 with John Lucy

Dave Richards - Solo O/S - 28/Jan/12 with PMC

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

Ragingpossum - Solo - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Jan/12

in descent
R_W_M - Solo - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Jan/12

petegunn - Solo - 27/Jan/12 with Davina

tobyk - 06/Jan/12 with Emma Akam

nickcj - Jan/12

georgemax - 2012

Hidden - 2012

cas smerdon - Solo - 20/Dec/11 with Mark S

mark stansfield - Solo - 20/Dec/11 with Carole

Hidden - Solo - 18/Dec/11

Used as a descent route after doing striding Edge and Helvellyn summit
Mark Dennison - Solo - 18/Dec/11 with Dawn

Guided a couple of lost souls up and a further couple down in the white out
Theeni - Solo O/S - 17/Dec/11

Down climbed to gain access to Gully 1. The cornices between Swiral and Viking Buttress had recently avalanched. Others along the ridge were getting out to be more than 8 feet in places. The ridge it's self had good quality snow on it.
tech - Solo - 15/Dec/11

No need for crampons but more than enough snow for the axe to more than an accessory.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Solo - 11/Dec/11

Dave Richards - Solo O/S - 11/Dec/11

Prez - 20/Feb/11 with Jayz

Stephen Halliday - Solo O/S - 28/Jan/11 with John Wilshaw, Tim Akast

Hidden - 11/Jan/11

jfmchivall - 11/Jan/11

steve_hoey - 08/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo - 06/Jan/11

Sophie Nunn - 03/Jan/11

Ben lad - Jan/11 with rambo and justin

JamesM - 2011

parmoeater - 2011

The Mountain Goat - 2011

Liam Martin - Solo - 2011 with Carl Stevenson

David Wynne - Solo - 29/Dec/10 with Jon Lury

After ascending striding edge descent via swirral edge back to Pattadale 10 k walk basically, Deep thaw set in dripping water everywhere about plus one on the summit. (More snow on swirral than striding) views minimal clagg down.
thomas - Solo - 28/Dec/10 with David Menzies

In descent having summited Hellvellen from the West. Nicely Iced up.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - 28/Dec/10 with Burncool

descent
Anthony1 - 2nd - 23/Dec/10 with Alan, Peter M

In Descent
tom_holdsworth - Solo - 21/Dec/10 with Tom Richards

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Dec/10

used as decent route after doing Striding Edge
Mark Dennison - Solo - 19/Dec/10

Decent with RUMC, good fun.
pffft - Solo - 11/Dec/10

Descended Helvellyn via Swirral edge.
kirstyrichardson - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/10 with Rob Ford

Hidden - Solo - 08/Dec/10

ccraigg22 - Solo rpt - 08/Dec/10

hokkyokusei - 05/Dec/10 with Bernadette

jac00 - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Tom

melvin - Solo - 29/Nov/10 with Ash Harris

Descent
Jack Loftus - Solo O/S - 29/Nov/10

pffft - Solo O/S - 27/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Nov/10

Hidden - 20/Feb/10

francois - 14/Feb/10 with Lorna

Hidden - 14/Feb/10

Bisteris - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Adam Foley, Dave Smith, Sophie Foxen

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Jan/10

Hidden - 23/Jan/10

r_o_b_h2 - Solo O/S - Jan/10

Caralynh - 2010

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/09

Roch - Solo - 07/Feb/09 with Tom Gallagher

first time with LFTO
Mayaculpa - 07/Feb/09 with LFTO

jdgaventa - Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - Jan/09

MikeDowsett - Solo - Jan/09 with Kris Scheinkonig

Hidden - 2009

Descent with IBFC after striding
finter22 - Solo - 19/Jan/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2008

Stephen Shaw - Solo - 22/Nov/06

innesmac - Apr/06

Stephen Shaw - Solo - 12/Jan/06

johnrich - 27/Dec/05

MartinN - Solo O/S - 14/Feb/05

Shaun Spavin - Solo - Jan/04

Stephen Shaw - Solo - 14/Feb/03

McDuck - Solo - Jan/03 with frodo

industrialiceman - 09/Feb/02

Hidden - Solo - Feb/00

Hidden - Solo - 26/Mar/99

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jan/96

Iain Thow - Solo - 10/Dec/90 with Tony (BP), Liz Jolley, Neil Davis

crowberry gully - Solo - 15/Feb/87

mikej - 10/Feb/85 with Mike Byles, Rick Naylor, Geoff Williams

Richard Alderton - 1977

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Style of ascent

Soloed140 of 204 (68.6%)
Lead2 of 204 (1.0%)
Followed1 of 204 (0.5%)
Alt Leads2 of 204 (1.0%)
Unknown59 of 204 (28.9%)

'Climbed'153 of 204 (75.0%)
clean O/S43 of 204 (21.1%)
clean β1 of 204 (0.5%)
clean rpt7 of 204 (3.4%)