With the first taste of winter hitting the mountains of the Lakes it was time to head off there on Saturday and see if I could get the pointy tools some action. By the Time I was on the A66 at Penrith i could see the snow was only covering the highest hills so off to Helvellyn I went. Parking at Glenridding and walking up past the mines the ground was well frozen from valley up over and with the snow line at around 500m it promised a good afternoon. Approaching Red Tarn I could see there were already a few climbers in the gulleys, Having been up No2 gulley last December I opted for the tighter No2 gulley, a grade II winter climb. The approach and bottom of the gulley were well frozen with some consolidated old snow but the main groove was rather thing. Although there was good ice on the sides the snow in the bottom had not consolidated which made for a lot of axe jamming and torquing across the crack. Still once the hard part was over it was a simple climb to the top, popping out over the small cornice right at the summit shelter cross. Looking back down the route I could see a was being followed by other climbers on this popular Sunday, hope I did’nt nock to much ice down on them. By coincidence on the summit I met the same guy there as last time, he come up the other gully and as he headed off down Swirril edge I went off via Striding edge and down via Meres Beck. Good to get the tool back in action again on such a great weather day, A lot more snow fell on Sunday night right down to Ambleside so there sould be some good climbing over the coming days, working this week then I’m off to Scotland for some more fun.