One Cold Winter's Morning

Mar 26, 2016
by Tristan Tinn  
I guess in a sense this article is a follow up to my last piece; 'When the fog never clears'. Since that trip, Autumn had slipped away and winter now had a firm grip on the higher fells. A daytime ride was planned to celebrate a member of the Hope Tech team's birthday, bashing around the Glenridding and Ullswater area. With a clear night forecast, some of the Hope Tech family and friends had their minds set on an excursion up Helvellyn to catch the sunrise before descending Sticks Pass. I was kindly invited by Sharpie and happily obliged!

The alarm was set for the usual 4am and we aimed to meet at the bottom for 5am.

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A full moon sits above the summit as the group ascend. With sunrise getting earlier as winter ends, time was a pressure. No sooner had we set off when the glow of dawn began creeping over the eastern horizon.

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Meeting the snow line a little earlier than expected made for slightly slower progress than planned. The colours of dawn were coming in fast, making for great shots but we couldn't help but feel the pressure to climb faster.

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The part of dawn where day meets night has to be my favourite, here you see the waxing gibbous moon setting to the right whilst the vibrant colours of dawn invade the sky from the left. Packed snow on the path around raise made for a challenging traverse.

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Skittles taking the traverse with ease.

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Sharpie chasing himself down along the traverse, a trick of the camera from stitching the panorama.

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The snow-capped summit appeared almost moon-like.

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The group stopping for a breather - dwarfed by the surrounding landscape.

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Hoods up! It was chilly under the moonlight.

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Pushing on to reach the summit as the sun almost breaks the blanket of low-lying cloud.

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Doddy couldn't resist some foot out action in the snow.

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The summit above Keppel Cove had a coat of pack ice so we decided against continuing up Lower Man to the summit of Helvellyn and stayed put to watch the sunrise. We all stood back in awe and the obligatory summit photos were taken.

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I couldn't resist including a couple of landscape shots in this blog:

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Pastel tones on the cornice with Blencathra in the distance.

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The sun breaks the cloud layer looking over towards Catstycam.

With those out of the way, let's get back to the bikes!

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Dan was pulling out all the stops for this one.

The summit fun didn't last long with Doddy suffering his first but not his last puncture of the day. He certainly couldn't have picked a colder spot to be faffing with tubes and CO2 canisters.

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Although with the others offering their services it didn't take us long to get moving again.

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Escaping the chill of the summit we headed for Sticks Pass in the soft early morning sun.

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Dan leads the way with a fantastic view over Keswick and Skiddaw.

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Crisp snow provided a good level of traction and a fast rolling surface perfect for cutting some turns.

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As we got lower patches of soft spring snow made for a challenging descent.

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Sticks Pass only gets the morning sun so it was nice to shoot it in sunlight.

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The descent winds its way along the gully cut into the side of the hill.

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A patch of snow keeps Sharpie on his toes! The trail then opens out with fast rocky sections cut through the heather.

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The zig-zags above Greenside mines provide some foot out fun to finish the descent!

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All done and dusted by 9am. Now to the pub for a much-needed fry-up to fuel the daytime bash.

See the original post on my site here.

www.tristantinn.co.uk


MENTIONS: @hopetech / @tris400d




38 Comments

  • + 29
 That looks amazing, but non + size/fat bikes in the snow? Better make sure the bike manufacturers don't see this or Pinkbike will be printing a retraction. Or just photo shopping big tires on all these bikes so consumers don't get any crazy ideas, like regular bikes are still useful.
  • + 6
 Haha! I'm sure they'd have had their place in the slush at the bottom. Didn't need them up top where it was all frozen solid mind.
  • + 15
 Awesome-sauce. Great photos. Would love to have a place like that, to AM ride. Jealous.
  • + 13
 Earth is Magnificent, sweet pics
  • + 1
 Agreed
  • + 4
 Cheers guys, the lakes is a great part of the world when it's not raining! Which is 3/4 of the year.
  • + 6
 That just looks like pure happiness right there.
  • + 2
 I wish to take photos like these, but I fail to comprehend how he stops so many times in different places without compromising the intent of the ride. My crew would get really annoyed really quick.
  • + 1
 Tell your crew to loosen up a bit! Nothing wrong with sessioning good bits of trail. Best technique is to get ahead of your friends and be fast setting up/packing up. Shoot them just once as they came past you and then move on.
  • + 6
 Good effort chaps!
  • + 3
 Thanks Dingus!
  • + 1
 "Crisp snow provided a good level of traction and a fast rolling surface perfect for cutting some turns." I never have this experience when riding on snow. I must be doing something wrong.
  • + 5
 It really depends on the conditions - I've had some awesome riding on snow without a fatbike. XC skiers call it "crust cruising" when the temperatures are right to make a nice firm top layer (usually warmish conditions with cold after to refreeze and make the surface firm).
  • + 3
 My decision to moves to the Lakes in September has just been that much easier !
  • + 1
 It's a no brainer anyway mate!
  • + 1
 Also a great summer evening ride with friends
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13313370
  • + 1
 What lens did you use on the 6D?

Great shots and I can only imagine the cold fingers being up there!
  • + 1
 Hi Memento, I used a couple of lenses on this trip: 14mm Samyang f2.8, Canon 17-40L and a Canon 28-135mm IS USM. It was chilly on the top that's for sure, plenty of extra clothes were a must.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the reply! Nice to see the 14mm Samyang put to good use. I got the 17-40 myself as well, great bang for your buck lens. The 28-135 could make a nice addition in my bag as well! One thing at a time I'm afraid...
  • + 1
 The 28-135mm was actually my first ever lens. It is alright, a little plasticy. I'd like to swap it for some L glass when the funds allow. The 14mm samyang is ace, manual focus (with no focus confirmation) and aperture but stop it down to about f.8 and its sharp throughout on infinity, great for action.
  • + 3
 Awesome photos Tris.
  • + 1
 Cheers Glen!
  • + 2
 9am Pub stop, impressive Smile
  • + 1
 I'm already looking forward to next winter.
  • + 1
 Amazing. Celebrate all season riding. Sun, rain, wind and snow.
  • + 1
 My status:

[ ] Not Jelly
[X] Jelly
  • + 2
 So awesome!
  • + 2
 Fantastic pictures
  • + 1
 Good for you.your all mental
  • + 2
 very cool...
  • + 1
 I'm gonna read this again in August. Nice job!
  • + 2
 Cheers Steve!
  • + 1
 incredible shots - looks amazing !
  • + 2
 Beauty! Great photos!
  • + 1
 Awesome. That is all. Smile
  • + 1
 beauty
  • + 1
 That split at the end!!
  • + 0
 I almost shed a tear.

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