Likely to be the first Lake District ridge scramble and the first ‘real’ mountain walk for many nascent hillwalkers, myself included. Around 11 years old during a week’s camping as a Boy Scout, our leader decided to take some of us on a bit of an adventure. The whole week and that day in particular sowed the seeds of a couple of personal lifelong interests for me, namely canoeing and hillwalking. You can’t help but love Helvellyn, it’s a masterpiece of a mountain for beginners and experienced walkers alike and at that early age I had never seen or experienced anything like it. Bring on winter conditions and Striding Edge goes up by a few notches on the technical scale. on a morning such as this, calm with clear light and air, it is simply a magnificent place to be. A bit of ridge scrambling, spiced-up with ice and snow to make the exposure and concentration a little more intense, with breathtaking views. Velvia typically records the high uv intensity of snow-reflected light with blue shadows and pinkish hues in the mid range and highlights to give mood to winter landscapes. No meadow pipits singing and, unusually, no ravens calling. The only sounds were the gentle breeze that rose and fell and the crunch and creak of my feet on the fresh snow.
Fuji GX617, 90mm lens, Fuji Velvia 50asa.