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.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
petegunn 22/Mar Solo
Marq 21/Mar Solo rpt
Dave Clark, Vicky Lisle
Vicky L 21/Mar Solo rpt
Dave Clark, Marq
andy gittins 20/Mar -

ascended then nice decent on ribbon of snow all the way to Red Tarn

Gav Parker 17/Mar -
Simon Caldwell 15/Mar Solo


Alan, Carmen
Hidden 15/Mar Solo
Hidden 14/Mar Solo β
DSM 07/Mar Solo
K Farrell 01/Mar Solo

Descent route

dashby 17/Feb Solo
Jonathan Hubbard
Hidden 14/Feb Solo
Gav Parker 08/Feb -
Hidden 07/Feb Solo
scott quinn 07/Feb Solo
Hidden 02/Feb Solo
Chris Manasseh 01/Feb -
Joe Roberts
Matt250 01/Feb -
Hidden 01/Feb Solo
Pete Pozman 31/Jan Solo rpt

Descended and continued to Catstye Cam. Returned along its flank and ascended snow slope from low down in the cove to the top of Swirral Edge. Very high winds on crest.

Jenny Hall 31/Jan Solo O/S

Wonderful traverse including striding edge to descend. Windy and snow a bit soft in places.

Tom.Priestley 22/Jan Solo O/S

From Catstye Cam

Hidden 21/Jan Solo
george sewell 04/Jan Solo

down climb after striding edge. actually more snow and ice on here than on striding edge ok condition hard packed where snow , lots of rocks through tough. crampons usefull on top half.

Gav Parker 30/Dec/14 -
Hidden 29/Dec/14 Solo
barney@helmshore 28/Dec/14 Solo O/S

In decent

James W
freemanTom 13/Dec/14 -
Dave Wearing 03/Dec/14 -
Gavin Parker
lordyosch 29/Mar/14 Solo O/S

Descent from the summit. Fair snow cover higher up.

mike25350 29/Mar/14 -
Adamski1986 23/Mar/14 Solo
Darbo 08/Mar/14 -
Hidden 03/Mar/14 Solo
dakidunn 01/Mar/14 Solo
Gav Parker 01/Mar/14 -
Matt Amos 01/Mar/14 Solo
splat2million 01/Mar/14 Solo
Steve Bartle ?/Mar/14 Solo
Gav Parker 19/Feb/14 -
leeds_belle 16/Feb/14 Solo O/S
IanHope 15/Feb/14 Solo
Radioactiveman 10/Feb/14 Solo O/S

Climbed with Sam

DSM 09/Feb/14 Solo

Fell shoes + 2 axes (v. rapid descent!).

Hidden 02/Feb/14 -
OllieF 29/Jan/14 -


OllieF 28/Jan/14 -

Amazing conditions! Sections of the edge were completely snow covered (no rocks at all). Used in descent.

Wesley Orvis 26/Jan/14 -
OllieF 24/Jan/14 Solo
Jago Miller
Mr Fuller 19/Jan/14 Solo O/S
Mountain Llama 14/Jan/14 Solo
dakidunn 11/Jan/14 -
OllieF 11/Jan/14 -


thedatastream 04/Jan/14 -
vix 04/Jan/14 Solo

Descent from Helvellyn

Richie Torrance 04/Jan/14 Solo
Montane Moore 04/Jan/14 Solo O/S
ed2204 02/Jan/14 -
Avinash Aujayeb ?/Jan/14 Solo O/S
pete_naylor ?/Jan/14 Solo O/S
OllieF 31/Dec/13 Solo

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).

Wesley Orvis 29/Dec/13 Solo

in descent

alias dave 28/Dec/13 Solo
edhawk21 28/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
petegunn 14/Apr/13 Solo

Slightly windy with a few drops of rain in the air!!

bullybones 07/Apr/13 -
IanHope 06/Apr/13 Solo
victim of mathematics 03/Apr/13 Solo O/S

In descent

Hidden 01/Apr/13 Solo
Hidden 31/Mar/13 Solo
ramraider 31/Mar/13 -
andy gittins 31/Mar/13 Solo

alpine like traverse of striding / swirral superb morning out and back for lunch

Hidden 28/Mar/13 Solo
Dark Peak Paul 27/Mar/13 Solo
Hidden 17/Mar/13 Solo
petegunn 17/Mar/13 Solo
Two Cams Tom 17/Mar/13 -
petegunn 12/Mar/13 Solo
Gav Parker 02/Mar/13 Solo
Dave Wearing 02/Mar/13 -
Gavin Parker
Marq 02/Mar/13 Solo rpt

In descent and unlike Striding Edge certainly in winter condition as evidenced by the number of people without crampons turning back!

Vicky L 02/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Feb/13 Solo
Dan Lane 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hugh Wheeler
Poco Loco 16/Feb/13 -

Descent after Striding edge.

Hidden 16/Feb/13 -
trish1968 16/Feb/13 Solo

Up swirral edge down striding edge

GeorgeR 16/Feb/13 Solo

Decent. Snow on ridge needed crampons on steepest part

Avon Scouts
Hidden 16/Feb/13 Solo
BenRyle 14/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Sam Simpson 10/Feb/13 Solo
alias dave 10/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Tony Hy 09/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Wayne, Ian
Dave Richards 09/Feb/13 Solo O/S

In descent.

anaesthetic 07/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Iain C, John G
sjbrook 02/Feb/13 Solo rpt
smithjmw46 26/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden 26/Jan/13 Solo
nickwhimster 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
monsteratt 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Dan Fairbank, Nick Whimster, Will Kilner
Hidden 26/Jan/13 Solo O/S
OllieF 24/Jan/13 Solo

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.

Jago Miller
Radioactiveman 23/Jan/13 Solo O/S

Night time descent after coming up gully 2.

Double Knee Bar 19/Jan/13 Solo

walk off from Red Tarn

petegunn 17/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden 17/Jan/13 Solo
petegunn 16/Jan/13 Solo
TCarrick 16/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden 15/Jan/13 Solo
Hidden 12/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Sean Kelly 01/Jan/13 Solo

Grim conditions with 60mph gusts and -2C with hail! To wear crampons or not....?

Harold Jepson
lithos ?/Jan/13 -
gnospellius ??/2013 -
Avinash Aujayeb ??/2013 -
Ady Gray ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 Solo
cymjt ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden 24/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo
sjbrook 11/Dec/12 Solo

In decent

Dave Richards 11/Dec/12 Solo O/S

In descent

jules1990 10/Dec/12 Solo β


Nat norris 10/Dec/12 Solo
joss halford
petegunn 07/Dec/12 -
Hidden 07/Dec/12 Solo rpt
dasc 05/Dec/12 Solo
Danny Crump 05/Dec/12 Solo
CharlieMack 03/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Gav Parker 02/Dec/12 -
Goose4 01/Dec/12 -
Alex Pokhilko
jules1990 01/Dec/12 Solo


trivett 01/Dec/12 -

In Decent; the first section had a real alpine feel on the crestof the ridge with blue skys!

Pete Smith, Maddie Sweetman, Matt Squire, Steve ward
Ian Hinkins 05/Nov/12 -
IanHope 04/Nov/12 Solo
dakidunn 04/Nov/12 Solo
buxtoncoffeelover 13/Feb/12 Solo
Jon boy 11/Feb/12 Solo


Ben Ward
gaz_jones 11/Feb/12 Solo


Wesley Orvis 10/Feb/12 -
adamwesthead 09/Feb/12 AltLd

We were aiming for Viking Buttress in the mist and ended up on the edge path. Poor show

Tim Rodgers 05/Feb/12 Solo


Hidden 05/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 04/Feb/12 -
steveq 04/Feb/12 -
petegunn 02/Feb/12 Solo
Hidden 02/Feb/12 Solo rpt
Hidden 02/Feb/12 Solo rpt
biggianthead 02/Feb/12 -
Gav Parker 01/Feb/12 Solo
jon59 31/Jan/12 Solo
BelleVedere 31/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 30/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 29/Jan/12 Solo
richard s 29/Jan/12 Lead
Chris Eccles, Paul Eccles, Gill Eccles, Kay Smith
Frank Atherton 28/Jan/12 Lead
John Lucy
Dave Richards 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S
sjbrook 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S
Ragingpossum 28/Jan/12 Solo
Hidden 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S
R_W_M 28/Jan/12 Solo

in descent

Hidden 27/Jan/12 Solo rpt
petegunn 27/Jan/12 Solo
tobyk 06/Jan/12 -
Emma Akam
nickcj ?/Jan/12 -
georgemax ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
cas smerdon 20/Dec/11 Solo
Hidden 20/Dec/11 Solo
Hidden 18/Dec/11 Solo
Mark Dennison 18/Dec/11 Solo

Used as a descent route after doing striding Edge and Helvellyn summit

Theeni 17/Dec/11 Solo O/S

Guided a couple of lost souls up and a further couple down in the white out

tech 15/Dec/11 Solo

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.

freemanTom 11/Dec/11 Solo

No need for crampons but more than enough snow for the axe to more than an accessory.

Dave Richards 11/Dec/11 Solo O/S
Prez 20/Feb/11 -
Stephen Halliday 28/Jan/11 Solo O/S
John Wilshaw, Tim Akast
jfmchivall 11/Jan/11 -
steve_hoey 08/Jan/11 -
Hidden 06/Jan/11 Solo
Sophie Nunn 03/Jan/11 -
Ben lad ?/Jan/11 -
rambo and justin
JamesM ??/2011 -
The Wriggler ??/2011 -
The Mountain Goat ??/2011 -
Liam Martin ??/2011 Solo
Carl Stevenson
David Wynne 29/Dec/10 Solo
thomas 28/Dec/10 Solo

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.

David Menzies
freemanTom 28/Dec/10 -

In descent having summited Hellvellen from the West. Nicely Iced up.

Anthony1 23/Dec/10 2nd


Alan, Peter M
tom_holdsworth 21/Dec/10 Solo

In Descent

Tom Richards
Hidden 19/Dec/10 Solo O/S
Mark Dennison 19/Dec/10 Solo

used as decent route after doing Striding Edge

pffft 11/Dec/10 Solo

Decent with RUMC, good fun.

kirstyrichardson 09/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Descended Helvellyn via Swirral edge.

Rob Ford
Hidden 08/Dec/10 Solo
ccraigg22 08/Dec/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 05/Dec/10 -
jac00 05/Dec/10 Solo O/S
melvin 29/Nov/10 Solo
Ash Harris
Jack Loftus 29/Nov/10 Solo O/S


pffft 27/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Feb/10 -
francois 14/Feb/10 -
Hidden 14/Feb/10 -
Bisteris 06/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Adam Foley, Dave Smith, Sophie Foxen
Hidden 31/Jan/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Jan/10 -
r_o_b_h2 ?/Jan/10 Solo O/S
Caralynh ??/2010 -
Hidden 05/Dec/09 Solo O/S
Roch 07/Feb/09 Solo
Tom Gallagher
Mayaculpa 07/Feb/09 -

first time with LFTO

jdgaventa ?/Feb/09 -
Hidden ?/Jan/09 Solo
MikeDowsett ?/Jan/09 Solo
Kris Scheinkonig
Hidden ??/2009 -
finter22 19/Jan/08 Solo

Descent with IBFC after striding

Hidden ??/2008 Solo O/S
Stephen Shaw 22/Nov/06 Solo
innesmac ?/Apr/06 -
PanzerHanzler 17/Feb/06 Solo O/S
Stephen Shaw 12/Jan/06 Solo
johnrich 27/Dec/05 -
MartinN 14/Feb/05 Solo O/S
Shaun Spavin ?/Jan/04 Solo
TAG_UTLEY ??/2004 Solo
Stephen Shaw 14/Feb/03 Solo
McDuck ?/Jan/03 Solo
industrialiceman 09/Feb/02 -
Hidden ?/Feb/00 Solo
Hidden 26/Mar/99 Solo
Hidden 05/Jan/96 Solo
Iain Thow 10/Dec/90 Solo
Tony (BP), Liz Jolley, Neil Davis
crowberry gully 15/Feb/87 Solo
mikej 10/Feb/85 -
Mike Byles, Rick Naylor, Geoff Williams
Richard Alderton ??/1977 -
High f3
Mid f3
Low f3
High I/II
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Low I/II
High I
Mid I
Low I
Votes cast 25
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