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Striding Edge Lit Up At Night for MRT

© Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks

The 5th annual 'Striding Edge by Torchlight' event, which took place on the night of Saturday 19th October, saw 40 people traverse the ridge in the dark in aid of Cumbria's search and rescue teams.

The team illuminates the upper ridge of Striding Edge  © Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks
The team illuminates the upper ridge of Striding Edge
© Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks

The event which is hosted by Lakeland Mountain Guides, the company behind the popular Lakeland Festival of Light charity events, is a unique event in the diary and attracts the attention of experienced scramblers who want a Saturday night out with a difference.

"Despite the forecast changing by the hour the 40 fundraisers set off from Glenridding and ascended toward a cloud covered Helvellyn" said organiser and company director Matt Le Voi.

"As the light faded the weather miraculously changed and the group were left with stunning starlit skies, the silhouettes of the eastern fells, the bright lights of Penrith and even a meteor shower for company."

The Bad Step at night...  © Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks
The Bad Step at night...
© Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks

The evening was filmed by Terry Abraham, best known for his 'Life of a Mountain' series which has so far featured Scafell Pike and Blencathra. Helvellyn is to be the third of the trilogy and he was keen to include this event in the movie.

"This was actually the third attempt of capturing the event on film" said Matt.

"Poor weather has halted previous attempts and I really felt like we were going to strike out but obviously our luck was in! I'm so glad the film will show people enjoying the mountains in this special way."

Like the other Lakeland Festival of Light dos, this event had a fundraising focus with all profits from the event going to the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association. This year £1200 was raised for the charity, which brings the five-year total for LDSAMRA to over £4000.

The lights of Penrith from the ridge  © Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks
The lights of Penrith from the ridge
© Nick Landells, Lakeland Photo Walks


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