Had yet another glorious day on Helvellyn today. I went up from Greenside to the old dam at the bottom of Keppel Cove, then on round to the left into the head of Brown Cove. From here a snow gully leads up the back of the cove, bringing you out on the col between Helvellyn and Lower Man. Today, despite the lack of snow elsewhere, this ribbin of snow was a real stairway to heaven. The climb up the gully is easy most of the time – about winter Grade I, but today a little bank of snow, about 20m high, had formed into a steep wall, giving a single pitch of about winter Grade II. Exciting to solo, so far above the valley floor.