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A very clear day


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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A very clear day

9 Aug 2012 11:35PM   Views : 482 Unique : 334

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.



StuartAt 11 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 12:44PM
Great pic Pete. Striding Edge is somewhere I've always wanted to visit/walk/climb, but the 5 hour drive to the Lakes makes it slightly impractical - I'm very jealous!

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Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
10 Aug 2012 1:13PM

Quote:but the 5 hour drive to the Lakes makes it slightly impractical

I've always thought three hours made it impractical for the day too. But I decided to go for it. You could set of at 7 am and be there for 12. Then the walk is four to five hours depending on fitness / photo breaks. You could easily be home for 11pm. The only danger is being tired at the wheel on the way back, and also these days the cost of petrol makes it an expensive day.
JJGEE 11 6.8k 18 England
10 Aug 2012 9:24PM

Quote:I parked in Glenridding and walked up over Striding Edge (seen in this photo taken from about 3/4s the way up Helvellyn)

Looks a long way to fall if you lose your balance, so no chance I would even think about walking it Sad
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 3:50PM
Great shot overlooking Striding Edge !!!....brought back some lovely memories for me !!

I've climbed Helvelyn three times, the last time about 12 years ago, same as your route, a cracking climb/walk !!

Unfortunately the old pins restrict me to low-level, flattish walks these days....& they're getting shorter !!....age,
arthritis & climbing steep hills don't mix very well !!.....& the thought of carrying that Mamiya & kit sounds a back-killer ???
geffers7 Plus
6 45 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:15PM
Well I thought the "up" was ok (3 years ago) but the "down" was very tiring - think it took us 7 hours although we came down via swirrell edge. well done Pete - hope you wern't on your own!
NUFC 3 Australia
23 Oct 2014 6:14AM
Great photo and great memories from 28 years ago, when i lived in Newcastle it was a beautiful drive from Hexham over to the Lakes. I have done that walk and love the scenery.

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