/ Lake District Winter Conditions
Don't get too excited, this is not news that there's climbing to be had in the Lakes, at least not yet...
But winter has arrived in the form of snow on the central & Eastern fells. Helvellyn, for example, is covered in fresh snow & the edges made good sport on an early morning run today. While the whole of the Red Tarn area is well covered in snow, the snow lies atop wet grass & so I don't think there will be anything to climb until there's been some freeze/thaw. Indeed, there's no ice around yet. Great conditions for running/walking though. Enjoy.
> I don't think there will be anything to climb until there's been some freeze/thaw.
Unfortunately i think there will only be thaw come Monday. This apparent rerun of winter 18/19 is getting me down. Come on winter lets be avin' yer.
Great walking today over St Sunday and Fairfield, sadly nothing remotely climbable,
saw a helicopter over on Striding Edge, late this afternoon, any ideas what’s happened? Seemed to be there a long time.
> saw a helicopter over on Striding Edge, late this afternoon, any ideas what’s happened? Seemed to be there a long time.
I just read on Facebook someone fell on one the tricky steps on Striding and needed winching off. Hope they're not too badly hurt!
Oh dear, it was very slippery under foot, easy to take a spill.
I think micro spikes were the best bet today..
Thanks for this thread. I
'm up next weekend so praying that the temperatures won't rise too much....
After a sunny & wintry week for those lucky enough to be able to enjoy it, as of Sat/7/Mar the weather has turned warmer & its very wet & windy seemingly at all altitudes in the Lakes. An early morning spin up Gully1 on Helvellyn involved horizontal driven rain all the way up the hill, very poor visibility in the cloud & a rather grim descent down the Helvellyn headwall in deep soft snow atop older firmer stuff. The gully itself was banked out & OK, but the exposed rock on Viking buttress was dripping wet & the turf unfrozen.
There's snow aplenty, all that's needed is a freeze...
I ran from swirls to helvellyn, lower man, whiteside and raise today, saw lots of teams waking off the hill at around 10-11am, god only knows what they had been climbing as it was gopping out there, there can’t have been anything remotely frozen ?
The pictures from Scafell yesterday looked marvelous but, as ever, blink and you miss it. And this winter, we seem to be able to add, work Monday to Friday and you miss it.
We packed and got ready to hit the Lakes this weekend. Just finished unpacking the gear back into the kit room and heading off to Peak District for some cool, sunny cragging instead.
Conditions were superb Friday night!
I went rock climbing at Froggatt Edge yesterday - which was fun, if a little blowy, rather than chance the drive up to the Lakes on the basis it might be refreezing at 800 mtrs. I would love to do more winter climbing, but it what it is if you don't live in Scotland and only have limited chance to be away from your family!
> . It’s not been a good winter at all from any point of view
unless you're a duck
Thursday was really a day to remember.
> Hope you had a good day just love Froggatt even though I have only been once
We should go buddy, I know it reasonably well
> The pictures from Scafell yesterday looked marvelous but, as ever, blink and you miss it. And this winter, we seem to be able to add, work Monday to Friday and you miss it.
I assume that you saw the picture of Botterills Slab fully formed?
> I assume that you saw the picture of Botterills Slab fully formed?
Yes, and Moss Ghyll looking wonderfully icy and hoar covered, but that was friday. I'm sure Botterills would have been back to being a very wet VS on Saturday!
A great day out. 😀
> Yes, and Moss Ghyll looking wonderfully icy and hoar covered, but that was friday. I'm sure Botterills would have been back to being a very wet VS on Saturday!
Yep, perfectly timed for the weekend again!
We're not quite done with winter yet, even though its now officially Spring.
Just back from an early-bird trip to Great End. Up Central Gully RH, down Cust's.
Cust's was full of continuous well frozen snow, Central Gully was mostly continuous snow with a few ice-glazed rock steps & the turf was fully frozen early this morning.
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