As today started off bright, and the weather forecast conditions being clear I decided to take today off and nip up to the Lake District to climb Helvellyn. A three hour drive, but the weather was still good when I arrived. In fact it was so clear you could see the Pennines from the top of the mountain.
I parked in Glenridding and walked up over Striding Edge (seen in this photo taken from about 3/4s the way up Helvellyn) and back down via Swirrel Edge.
I've never been up any Lakeland mountain with such clear conditions.
I'm not as fit as I used to be. Last time I came here was about 23 years ago... and getting up was simple. Today I struggled even on the climb up out of Glenridding
Also I found a bad feature about the Olympus OM-D. I've always had an issue with electronic viewfinders. The brightness causes spots in my eyes. I bought the OM-D because it seemed to be a much better on the eye. But today I'd reached half way up the first stretch and turned to photograph Ullswater as you get the best view from there. I was feeling quite out of breath and needed to rest. As I removed the camera from my eye. I got the spots in my eye, but this time they didn't go, and I felt what appeared to be the first stages of a migraine. I am wiped out if I get one so I was quite scared I'd be stuck. I laid down and closed my eyes for five minutes and luckily the feelings went and I felt ok again. But it did mean I was using the LCD screen for the rest of the walk and it's not easy to see in bright light. So that's put a bit of a downer on using it outdoors in bright conditions.
The photos however were ok and I have a good record of my day. The last time I climbed this mountain I had a Mamiya RB67, three lenses, a Benbo tripod and a couple of spare backs and a meter. The OM-D with three lenses is a much more manageable kit, especially on the sections of the walk that need agility.