Sorry for anyone waiting to work me on G/LD-003 Helvellyn today. An accident on the A65 just before Gargrave held us up on route. A car and the stone bridge had a coming together, only one winner there.
We started out ascent from Wythburn Church and the going got worse the more height we gained. Approx half way up Nethermost Pike the snow and ice became quite severe. Daylight was also against us. It was a 50/50 decision to carry on but a family just ahead of us also made the decision to turn back. I could see the summit! So near but yet so far. Had I not had my son with me I would have made a dash for the summit. Safety first though and there will be other days. I will not scoff at ice picks and crampons again.
Also, if I had £1 for every person I saw ascending/descending the summit today wearing jeans I would be booking a holiday to some foreign destination right now.
73 Chris M0RSF