For the third year running Lakeland Mountain Guides are hosting their successful ‘Striding Edge by Torchlight’ event. The event sees experienced scramblers ascend Helvellyn via the classic Striding Edge under darkness all in aid of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.
Over its history the event has been responsible for raising over £2,500 for LDSAMRA and providing some excellent fun for the attendees at the same time. The event is always well supported by mountain rescue members, and even had the entire Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team come and see them off last year.
In previous years the event has been known to create some controversy and has been labelled reckless as it puts people on the scramble under darkness; however, despite criticism event organiser Matt Le Voi believes his event is justifiable.
‘Participant safety is something we do day in, day out, and it is something we do not take lightly. Yes, this is an exposed scramble, but there is no reason why a traverse under darkness with a head torch is any more dangerous than one attempted in the daytime, especially if that day were to be misty and wet!’ He continued ‘we work closely with Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and LDSAMRA to ensure they are happy with us undertaking such an event, and it is always a pleasure to see multiple Mountain Rescue volunteers joining us on the night.’
The event is taking place on Saturday 14th October at 4pm. The group will meet in the main car park at Glenridding and the aim is to ascend to Striding Edge via Mires Beck, continue over Helvellyn and descend Swirral Edge before returning to Glenridding via Greenside Mine. The event is supported by qualified Mountain Leaders at a ratio of 6 participants to 1 leader, as well as Mountain Rescue Volunteers. The event is £50 to join with all profits going to LDSAMRA. Please note, you must have previous scrambling experience in order to join the event.
If you would like to join the event please visit this link.
PICTURE CREDIT: NICK LANDELLS