G8ADD/GB5MMC did not activate Helvelyn G/LD003 Friday night. Apologies to any that wasted time looking for me!
We started out from the campsite at Thirlspot (NY177317) at 1830Z with the intention of following a bridle path which is shown on the map as doing a rising traverse to Fisherplace Gill and then rising to the junction with Stakes Gill before breaking around Brown Crag to Whiteside Bank and then Helvellyn via the Lower Man. This “bridle path” starts well but rapidly peters out and totally vanishes at the top of Fisherplace Gill, so with the sun vanishing in the haze, no path to follow by headtorch, and our position too approximate to begin compass navigation it seemed only sensible to turn back. It was midnight by the time we got back, and I have never been plagued by midges so mightily! Saturday morning my face was so badly swollen that my eyes were closing and I looked like Fu Manchu!
To cap it, on awakening Saturday morning I found power lines running above the campsite and S9 noise!
I hope to try again some time, by a route that I do know, so watch this space!