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By pfheyes  
Or 'Helvellyn and Striding Edge' to be more precise.

Spring was starting to appear in the valley, but it was alpine conditions on the ridge. I got up at stupid o'clock, which meant I had the place pretty much to myself - handy when I was stopping frequently to take photos! This was the most dramatic image from the day.

Thanks very much for looking.


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JouŠo 16 56 Finland
12 Mar 2005 8:14AM
Fantastic shot, Pete!
Spot on exposure!

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Snapper 15 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
12 Mar 2005 8:14AM
I'm feeling cold and suffering vertigo just looking at it! Excellent shot.
andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 8:15AM
Stupid O'Clock,LOL,thats a new one but i know what you mean

well worth it though..

Paul_Barr 15 544 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 8:23AM
That's the best time of the day Pete. I've come off hills a few times recently to be asked by people on the way up if I couldn't sleep.

Excellent exposure and lighting.

rosegold 16 4
12 Mar 2005 8:30AM
Great shot, I really like the way you've caught the line of the hills [looks like a mountain to me!] and followed it along, it's very effective. Thanks ~ Clare
highlander 16 32 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 8:38AM
Hello Pete, nice to see you have been let out again, are so correct to get away early, so many times the photographers day ends at the snow on the ridge and its interaction with the cloud and light. Good work.
zaak 15 6 England
12 Mar 2005 8:41AM
Stunning light over the peaks.
kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 8:55AM
Nice light on the summit and the lead in is nice of the mountain edge, nice comparison of your mod too.
ajhollingbery 16 106 England
12 Mar 2005 8:55AM
A stunning mountain shot.

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
12 Mar 2005 8:57AM
A little extra the clouds over the peak that gives the little special in it.
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
12 Mar 2005 9:01AM
Big stuff again, Pete.
(is there any snow left on the tops?)
12 Mar 2005 9:14AM
Nice to have you back Pete. Cracking shot. click

Hawkgenes 15 10 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 9:21AM
Good shot indeed. I've walked it many times, but not at this time of the year.

martin.w Plus
18 598 23 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 9:29AM
Superb detail and lighting.
John_Duckett 16 386 2 Norfolk Island
12 Mar 2005 9:49AM
Thank god for that you're back. I've missed these superbly atmospheric mountain shots Pete

dalischone 15 295 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 10:27AM
Fantastic shot Pete, certainly dramatic, love the light on both sides of the ridge, excellent.

scragend 16 3 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 10:29AM
I love the dappled lighting on the hillside as it really makes the picture. Nice one!
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 10:38AM
Stunning stuff, Pete, with a real sense of scale. Never having done any hillwalking of climbing I've never seen anthing like this first hand, and am never likely to!
12 Mar 2005 10:57AM
Great atmosphere. Wish I had been there!
12 Mar 2005 11:04AM
This to me is fantastic climb is fantastic, to climb and take shots like this is super fantastic, you are now one of my four photographers who do the high stuff while I work nearer to the ground...happily.
Marvelous exposure Pete, the light and depth are both wonderful.
All the very best
jeanie Plus
16 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 11:06AM
Hello Pete, welcome back. I climbed up there once when it was full of snow. Not sure if its something I would do again (wimp). Great shot. Love the light hitting the short scramble up to the top of Helvellyn there.
stevebutler 15 122 England
12 Mar 2005 11:10AM
Great shot Pete..Excellent lighting. Wheres the rest of your portfolio gone?

UserHasLeft 17 654
12 Mar 2005 11:19AM
Westers 15 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
12 Mar 2005 11:19AM
Oh how I wish I lived closer to places like this. Lovely shot again from you Pete.
gwyn h 16 432
12 Mar 2005 11:57AM
Super shot Mr H, wonderful sense of scale and full of detail.

Like the way the light and shadows play across the slopes. The mist on the
summit the icing on the cake in this one.

Great stuff.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 12:07PM
Thanks very much everyone! Smile


Hi Andy - I got the "stupid o'clock" phrase from this website! EPZ is an education. Smile

Hi Steve - I decided to have a break from EPZ for a short while and do a bit of housekeeping at the same time. The older images are accessable on my website (which I'm currently updating).

Hi Jeanie - okay, it's a grade I winter climb, but it's not for the faint hearted either. You must be chuffed at climbing it this way under snow, even if you won't do it again!

Once again Thanks.
geoffrey baker 16 501 1 Wales
12 Mar 2005 12:20PM
A lovely photo, well done.
glazzaro 15 70 23 United States
12 Mar 2005 1:23PM
Wow, absolutely stunning! You knocked this out of the ball park! Well done! Spot On! CLick!!!

jasonewell 15 34 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 1:57PM
Pete..... so glad to see you back.....
What a stunner this is too....the white is so pure and clean, a perfectly detailed shot.
Consulo 16 840 10 Scotland
12 Mar 2005 1:57PM
Pleased to make it an RC. Smile
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 2:10PM
Thanks very much everyone. Smile

ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2005 3:14PM
Lovely light and shadow, excellent exposure.
deavilin 16 352 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2005 6:02AM
Wonderful image,love the composition and lightSmile

claret 16 49 England
13 Mar 2005 11:59PM
Striding Edge in all its winter glory. Magnificent. Could almost be the Arete leading up to the Ben from this view.
Kris_Dutson 17 8.2k 1 England
14 Mar 2005 1:23AM
Good to see you back Pete and with a cracking image too.

15 Mar 2005 2:58AM
Thge varied light really makes this Pete, it's a great feeling isn't it when you've got a ridge like this ahead of you in these conditions, such anticipation, and you've brought it all back! Cheers

lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2005 4:47AM
Oh yes - we like this.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2005 11:21AM
Thanks all! Smile


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