Just five hardy souls turned up for Jason's meet. This did not include Jason!
Richard Ramsden came over from Halifax; Will Wheale provided the Club bus; Andy Bond represented the Club oligarchs; Clare Cook would have provided home-made mince pies - but only brought one; and I was the Jason stand-in.
We aimed for Helvellyn from the Thirlmere side. Just a boring walk uphill unless you read the scrambles guide. There are three gems on the way; an easy start up a Grade 1 - Whiteside Gill. This was mainly walking up beside the stream, although there is a waterfall that might be climbed around on a better day. Then across the hillside to Brown Cove Crags, where we took the Grade 2. Nice and greasy but quite airy, reaching the shoulder and the upper part of the path. Then a snow plod to the summit, the mist and the sandwiches. The third scramble would have meant descending back into the corrie but the ridge at Grade 3 would be a touch difficult without ropes and the other paraphernalia, as it was partly snow covered and surely slippery all the way. So that's one on the list for a summer evening.
A touch of rain caught us on the way down the rather long tedious manufactured path but at least it was easy to navigate. Back to warm clothes and home in the daylight!!