I'm not sure if this is a bit sad or funny or typical or even a shame, but of the dozens of people who were on Helvellyn at the same time as us, we were the only ones who visited the "actual" summit - the small cairn just above the cross shelter, not the trig point which seemed to be the focus of everyone's attention. I know the true summit is a mere 1 meter higher then the trig point, but, if as I suspect, the majority of the visitors were here to "bag" Helvellyn then that meter makes all the difference.
It also stuck out like a sore thumb that so many of the people who emerged from their trip across Striding Edge were, to say the least, under equipped and under experienced. It seems quite ironic that people are prepared to risk life and limb to reach Hellvellyn and then when they get there they don't bother to visit the top, which is actually the safe bit. It's a bit like driving your car at 120 mph (with the kids in the back) through a busy town or city to get to the shops; then when you get there you don't bother leaving the car park. Of course everyone we saw on Striding Edge would think driving like that would be too dangerous and definitely not worth risking their lives and especially not their children's. So why do ordinary, intelligent people refuse to acknowledge that people really do die on the fells every year. Now that we all live in a culture where health & safety has apparently gone mad and is at the forefront of everything we do, it's astonishing that people continue to put themselves in this kind of danger.
Obviously I can't say this to people, but Striding Edge (and indeed many other of the more adventurous routes) are fine, however, get some experience on the fells first. If people really want to get to the top of the bigger fells there's usually a much easier and much safer option. Is the thrill really worth the risk?